One patient at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore. wore something other than a hospital gown the day before her surgery.
Jamie Amos said "I do" to long-time boyfriend Jonathan Tafoya Tuesday in a ceremony at the hospital before she went under the knife to remove a cancerous, golf ball-sized tumor in her brain, The Oregonian reports
The pair talked about tying the knot in the past, but had never decided when or where to do it. When Amos scheduled her surgery for Wednesday, August 1, she decided the time was right.
"I wanted to go into the surgery and come out to my husband," she told The Oregonian. "He could be my strength."
Hospital workers volunteered to style Amos's hair and play the harp. Others pitched in too; her family baked a cake, the gift shop provided flowers and David's Bridal loaned a dress.
Prior to Amos's brain surgery, the couple faced other serious issues; Amos experienced colon cancer, endometriosis and a neurological disorder called transverse myelitis, and Tafoya had a serious car crash, stomach ailments and a liver condition. Through it all, they remained together.
Hospital chapels and courtyards have played host to many patient weddings. In January, another brain cancer patient was married in the hospital while undergoing treatment.
Click through the slideshow below to see more unusual wedding venues.
A Dollar Store
<a href="http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2009/09/99_cent_only_wedding.php" target="_hplink">A 99 Cents Only Store in Hollywood</a> decided to make September 9, 2009 (09/09/09) a very special day for engaged couples (nine of them, to be exact.) For the low cost of 99 cents, each couple said their "I Do's" in aisle 9 of the discount store, which provided all the décor for the wedding ceremony and reception--from their very own inventory.
A Donut Shop
At Portland's <a href="http://voodoodoughnut.com/index.php" target="_hplink">Voodoo Doughnut</a>, you can stop by for a maple-bacon donut--or even a legal wedding ceremony, if you'd like. With an entire <a href="http://voodoodoughnut.com/weddings.php" target="_hplink">section of the menu</a> just dedicated to wedding services, couples can tie the knot <a href="o http://articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/20/nation/la-na-hometown-portland-20110220" target="_hplink">next to a sugary doughnut centerpiece</a>, coffee included.
In <a href="http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/survivor-vanuatu-winner-chris-daugherty-marries-on-daytona-speedway-victory-lane-3254.php" target="_hplink">February 2005</a>, "Survivor: Vanuatu" winner <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1006714,00.html" target="_hplink">Chris Daugherty</a> and bride Lorie Groves <a href="o http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/6964183/ns/sports-motor_sports/" target="_hplink">exchanged vows</a> at the Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. NASCAR driver Mark Martin <a href="o http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/6964183/ns/sports-motor_sports/" target="_hplink">served as honorary best man</a> at the ceremony on the racetrack.
A Taco Bell
In <a href="o http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/11/taco-bell-wedding-couple_n_156963.html" target="_hplink">2009</a>, Paul and Caragh Brooks decided to celebrate their <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/11/taco-bell-wedding-couple_n_156963.html?" target="_hplink">"offbeat relationship"</a> at one of their favorite local joints -- Taco Bell. Employees decorated the restaurant for the couple with streamers, balloons and hot sauce packets with the words "Will you marry me?" The two <a href="o http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/11/taco-bell-wedding-couple_n_156963.html" target="_hplink">exchanged vows while customers ordered tacos and burritos</a> at the Normal, Illinois fast-food joint.
A Nudist Resort
Why deal with the fuss of a wedding gown when you can just wed in the nude? For some uninhibited couples, a nudist resort has always been the most natural destination to be married. In <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1170839.stm" target="_hplink">2001</a>, eleven tourist couples stripped down to their birthday suits to be married in an <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1170839.stm" target="_hplink" target="_hplink">event publicized as "the world's largest nude wedding."</a>