When two Wake County, North Carolina residents decided that it was time to get married, their unborn child decided it was time for him to make his way into the world 10 weeks early.
According to WakeMed Children’s hospital, where future bride Amanda Acevedo gave birth on June 14, Oliver was born at 30 weeks and three days gestation. He was 3-pounds and 14.6 ounces at birth. His projected due date was in August.
After meeting Oliver for the first time, the proud parents told their nurse “that they were going to the courthouse to get married” when Amanda went into labor. And after WakeMed Family Navigator, Mallory Magelli McKeown, learned about their story, she made a suggestion to the future bride and groom:
That they could get married here (at WakeMed Raleigh Campus) and Oliver (their son) could be at their wedding.
The couple thought it was “a great idea and came to the hospital for the celebration.”
As the hospital wrote on their Instagram account, Oliver was 37 weeks and three days old when his mom and dad, Edwin Acevedo, got married in the hospital where he was born.
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How sweet it is! . Amanda and Edwin Acevedo were planning to get married when Amanda went into pre-term labor. They mentioned to their nurse that they were going to the court house to get married. . Mallory Magelli McKeown, WakeMed Family Navigator, heard the news and called to suggest that they could get married here (at WakeMed Raleigh Campus) and Oliver (their son) could be at their wedding. They thought this was a great idea and came to the hospital for the celebration. . Amanda carried Oliver down the aisle as her "flowers". Their doctor, nurse practitioners, and nurses from the unit attended the celebration. . Oliver Acevedo was born at 30 weeks and 3 days — he was 3 lbs and 14.6 oz. Oliver was 37 weeks and 3 days at their wedding. Today, he now weighs 7lb 10.6 oz. Oliver wore a suit to their wedding and their nurses decorated their room to celebrate. . Mallory officiated the wedding- they had family present, and everyone celebrated them! . Congratulations to this beautiful family!! 🎉 👶🏻 #wakemed #WakeMed #WakeMedBaby #WakeMedBabies #nicubabies #family #babies #raleighnc
As WakeMed reported, instead of carrying a bouquet of flowers down the aisle, Amanda opted to hold her son instead:
Amanda carried Oliver down the aisle as her “flowers”. Their doctor, nurse practitioners, and nurses from the unit attended the celebration. […] Today, he now weighs 7 [pounds] 10.6 [ounces]. Oliver wore a suit to their wedding and their nurses decorated their room to celebrate. Mallory officiated the wedding- they had family present, and everyone celebrated them!
Amanda told ABC 11 that it was “pretty cool” to have had their “premie baby as our flower bouquet.”
She later wrote on Facebook that she “could not have asked for a more special or memorable wedding, surrounded by family and the wonderful people taking care of my baby!”
The bride concluded, “Thank you, WakeMed Children’s for letting Oliver be apart of our day and everything else you do.”