Being upstaged on her wedding day is usually every bride’s worst fear, The Telegraph reports.
But when a guest was forced to give birth in a car outside the ceremony, Amanda Vasey was happy not to be centre of attention.
Her friend Amanda Hutchinson, 28, the best man’s wife, had just arrived at the wedding in Darlington, County Durham, when her waters broke. She was quickly rushed into a nearby car, where she gave birth to a healthy girl as startled guests were ushered into the hotel.
Mrs Vasey, 37, had just finished putting on her dress when the best man ran in shouting that his wife was giving birth outside. She said, “At first I didn’t believe him because he had been so nervous about his speech that he had joked about spilling water on the floor and saying his wife’s waters had broken to get out of doing it. But then I saw that he was serious and my mum and bridesmaids ran down to help. They had to get huge sheets from the hotel to cover up the car because there was such a commotion and everyone was staring at her.”
Mrs Hutchinson and her 7lb 9oz daughter were taken to hospital and missed the ceremony on Saturday morning. Her husband Gareth, 28, a bricklayer, went with them, leaving the groom without a best man.
But the wedding went ahead and Mrs Vasey, a care assistant, married her new husband Steven Vasey, 35, a grounds worker, at the King’s Hotel in Darlington, County Durham. When the bride and groom visited her in hospital after the ceremony, the new mother cried and apologised for stealing the spotlight. Mrs Vasey said, “She kept saying sorry she had ruined the day and all that but she hadn’t ruined it. It’s funny actually because she totally shied away from the wedding because she was pregnant. She didn’t want to be in the pictures and she didn’t come to the hen do. But in the end it all ended up being about her.”
The new baby does not yet have a name, but the couple have discussed calling her Amanda, after her mother and the bride.
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