"It was the last gift he could give his little girl," Teresa Hammonds told Channel 2 Action News

By Rose Minutaglio
September 05, 2016 04:05 PM
Julie York Schandolph

A Georgia bride decided to have her wedding a month early after receiving news that her sick father wouldn’t live to give her away.

Candice Hammonds and Thomas Burkett’s wedding date was originally set for October 1, but when her father Steve’s health took a sudden turn for the worse last week, they began planning a last-minute ceremony in the hospital.

Staff from Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, Georgia, prepped a room in the OutPatient surgery area for the bedside wedding that took place on Wednesday.

“People started pulling things together to make this wedding take place in 24 hours,” Candice’s mother, Teresa Hammonds, told Atlanta Channel 2 Action News.

Steve watched from his bed on as his daughter, wearing a flowing white gown and sparkling headpiece, wed her fiancé. When the pastor asked who was giving Candice away, he raised his hand.

“It was the last gift he could give his little girl,” Teresa told the news station.

Steve passed away on Saturday morning.

Steve’s doctors suspended his necessary sedative medicine so he could be alert for the wedding, according to Channel 2 Action News.

“Every girl dreams of her daddy walking her down the aisle and giving her hand away. Given the circumstances, Candice’s daddy was still able to do just that!” wrote wedding photographer Julie York Schandolph on Facebook.

“I don’t think I have ever experienced so much love and emotion in one room. The way that this family came together in such short time for this bedside wedding amazed me!”