WESTFIELD, N.J. (WTHR) – A New Jersey couple experienced two big life events in a matter of seconds.
Michael Gallardo and Marie Margaritondo were awaiting the arrival of their first son while planning their intimate wedding, which was initially set to take place weeks before their baby’s birth, according to NBC New York.
But the baby had different plans, so the couple rushed to Morristown Medical Center three weeks early.
Not wanting to list Gallardo as “fiancé” on the baby’s birth certificate, the couple asked the staff if there was a way they could get married at the hospital since they already had their marriage license.
The team at Morristown Medical Center went above and beyond to make the wedding ceremony happen.
“Everyone was incredible,” said Gallardo. “The nurses were scrambling—one was trying to get ordained online, one went outside and picked flowers for a bouquet, others were monitoring Marie and the baby’s vitals.”
“They were like angels—meant to be there,” Gallardo said. "It was like a real ceremony. Our moms were there. We had flowers. We exchanged vows. It was beautiful,” he said.
Less than a minute after he kissed the bride, she went in for a C-section.
“We could not be more blessed and more grateful,” Margaritondo said. “I can’t believe this is our story.”