An Ohio hospital was transformed into a wedding venue for an engaged couple whose early labor foiled their Big Day plans.
Cynthia Reese and Michael Bof discovered Reese was pregnant three weeks after getting engaged. They planned on marrying in court before the baby was born, Reese told Yahoo! Shine. But Reese's water broke two months before her due date, so she checked into Akron General Medical Center on Nov. 5 for the rest of her pregnancy.
Their original plan now impossible, Bof decided to surprise Reese with a wedding ceremony in the hospital chapel. When hospital staff got wind of his plans, they jumped in to help elevate the simple affair.
Nurse Melody White fashioned a wedding dress out of a bedsheet and wrapped a blue monitor belt around it for a sash. Hospital visitors gave the bride flowers for her hair and played the "Wedding March" on the lobby piano, and Bof bought the rings in the gift shop.
“I was so excited,” Reese told The Today Show Wednesday. “I was so happy and overwhelmed and everybody pitching in and the surprise my fiance gave me. I’m about to cry right now. I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Bof and Reese's son, Michael Frederick Bof II, was born the following morning -- just three days after Reese checked in to the hospital.
The couple's hospital wedding isn't the first: in July, Lianne and Jason Greenlees tied the knot in a hospital garden while awaiting the birth of their twin daughters.
Click through the slides below to see photos from the impromptu wedding.
Cynthia Reese and Michael Bof exchange vows in the hospital chapel.
A bride and groom figurine that decorated Reese's hospital room.
Nurse Cathy Pastor looks on as Bof wheels bride Reese to her room after the ceremony.
Nurse Melody White and the bride.