Though Amanda, 27, was heavily pregnant, she had ten weeks until the birth of their son so they didn’t expect her to have any troubles. But the North Carolina family were shocked when Amanda went into labour at 30 weeks pregnant. Throwing their beachfront plans off the track, little Oliver was born at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh where he is still staying. Thankfully the newborn didn’t ruin the wedding as Amanda and Edwin postponed it, celebrating the big day in hospital. And a dapper Oliver even walked down the aisle with his mum. On the big day, he weighed a normal 7lb, a healthier number than the 3lb he was born weighing.
When she went into labour, Amanda lamented missing their meticulously planned wedding. So when she told the hospital’s Family Navigator, Mallory Magelli McKeown, that she and Edwin would instead get married in a local courthouse, Mallory had other ideas. She encouraged the couple to make the day more special by getting married at the hospital chapel and inviting wee Oliver to attend.
He was the star of the show, wearing a tiny suit as he walked down the aisle with his mum in lieu of a bouquet. ‘Could not have asked for a more special or memorable wedding, surrounded by family and the wonderful people taking care of my baby,’ Amanda wrote on her Facebook page. ‘Thank you WakeMed Children’s for letting Oliver be a part of our day and everything else you do.’
A hospital spokesperson told Southern Living: ‘There was not a dry eye in the chapel, and the room was filled with love and celebration for Amanda, Edwin and Oliver.’ Let’s hope Oliver has a speedy recovery so his parents can enjoy their honeymoon.