A couple changed their wedding plans and held a ceremony in Kingston Hospital – because the father of the bride was in intensive care.
Naomi Hurrell and Charlie Bamford’s full legal ceremony was held later in St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton, with proud dad Roger Hurrell watching remotely on an iPad.
The pair, childhood sweethearts and both charity workers, were “thrilled” when their vicar and staff at the hospital agreed to let them exchange vows in the intensive treatment unit along with immediate family.
Mrs Hurrell, 25, said: “We didn’t realise how much they were going to do. They made it really special.”
The hospital kitchen even laid on cake and cava, and a nurse found Mr Hurrell a smart shirt and a flower for his buttonhole.
Mr Bamford, 28, said: “It was a bit of a rollercoaster with Roger’s health. In the month leading up to the wedding there was a lot of uncertainty about whether or not we should go ahead if he couldn’t be there.
“We were thrilled with how the hospital went above and beyond.
“Everyone at the church has been so helpful – Robert Stanier was great.
“He called me from on holiday and said, ‘Whatever you decide to do is fine’.”
Rev Stanier, from the St Andrew’s and St Mark’s parish, said: “It was an absolute credit to the hospital. It was a really tough six weeks.”
He added: “Someone saying, ‘In sickness and in health,’ and saying it there with his father-in-law’s life-support machine beeping, has a resonance which is extremely powerful.”
The newlyweds, who met more than a decade ago at Chessington Evangelical Church, jetted off to Lake Como in Italy for their honeymoon.
Mrs Hurrell said: “We didn’t see George Clooney – we saw his house.
“It’s a beautiful place. It has wonderful food and people. It was exactly the rest we needed.”
She moved in with her husband in Surbiton on Wednesday, she added – the day after returning to the country.