Mother-to-be gets impromptu hospital wedding

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by KGW Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM

PORTLAND – The staff at a Portland hospital went out of its way to provide a perfect wedding for an expectant mother confined to bed rest while she awaits twin daughters.

“We were going to try and do a backyard thing to get married before the girls were born,” Lianne Johnson told KGW. “We thought we would have eight or nine months.”

But a month ago she went into labor early.

Her bed rest is only part of the problem; Her fiancé, an Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran, works full-time for the U.S. Army.

“I’m gone about 90 percent of the time, except for this week,” Jason Greenlees said.

Since they couldn't leave the hospital for the wedding, Legacy Emanuel brought the wedding to them.

The hospital catering service donated a cake. The gift shop florist donated the bride's bouquet, the groom's boutonniere and the centerpiece for the cake table. Other staff members decorated Lianne’s wheelchair, donated a dress and accessories, and took photos of the bride and groom.

The hospital staff got together to play a wedding march, including Legacy’s CEO on the tuba. A Legacy chaplain officiated the wedding in the hospital’s garden.

“It’s been more than I can ever imagine,” Lianne Johnson—now Grenlees—said after the ceremony. “It’s been a dream. For being in a hospital for 34 days, it’s been a wonderful experience.”

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