Father dies days after daughter's wedding in hospital room

A couple moved their wedding to a hospital room so the bride’s father could attend. (Credit: Julie York Schandolph)

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A couple moved their wedding to a hospital room so the bride’s father could attend. (Credit: Julie York Schandolph)

After receiving news on Tuesday from the doctors that it would probably be only a matter of a few days before her father would leave her, one bride to be decided to move her wedding so that her father could attend.

Candice Hammonds was to be married to Thomas Burkett on Oct. 1, but due to her father's failing health, the two shared a bedside ceremony Wednesday.

"People started pulling things together to make this wedding take place in 24 hours," Candice Hammonds' mother, Teresa Hammonds, said.

Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, Georgia, provided Candice Hammonds with a room in the OutPatient surgery area, which had finished seeing patients for the day to get ready.

The ICU nurses removed everything from father Steve Hammonds' room that could be moved and covered his ventilator with sheets to lessen the appearance of the machines.

Not only did the hospital help, but so did a family friend who happened to be a photographer.

"I don't think I have ever experienced so much love and emotion in one room," photographer Julie York Schandolph said. "The way that this family came together in such short time for this beside wedding amazed me."

Teresa Hammonds told WSB-TV that the doctor suspended Steve Hammonds' sedation to allow him to be alert during the ceremony -- explaining that when the pastor asked who gives away this woman, he raised his hand.

"It was the last gift he could give his little girl," Teresa Hammonds said.

Steve Hammonds passed away Saturday morning.

Tuesday evening, I was contacted by a very dear friend and client asking me if I was available for a wedding Thursday...

Posted by Julie York Schandolph on Thursday, September 1, 2016

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