A hospital ER, bridesmaids with casts, blood on gowns and tuxes, a dead groomsmen. I’m thinking that isn’t exactly what 24-year-old Lauren Magee and 23-year-old Tom Hanley of Indiana had envisioned for their wedding day. But yet, it didn’t stop the 100 guests present from being moved to tears as they said, “I do.”Just hours before, the happy couple and their entire wedding party were on their way to take photos when their limo bus collided with an SUV. Groomsman James Douglas was pronounced dead on the scene and the others were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Against all odds, the couple decided that they must proceed with the wedding … only in the hospital and not in the church. Nurses pitched in to prepare for an impromptu ceremony in one of Indianapolis Methodist Hospital’s conference rooms. Instead of a fun reception complete with dancing and drinks, the wedding party had dinner and a prayer service for James. [AOL]
Even though this is a tragic story, I think there’s something really beautiful about it. It makes you remember what weddings are really all about—being grateful to be surrounded by the people you love. Can someone pass the tissues?