A Doncaster bride got more than she bargained for on her big day when one of her bridesmaids went in to labour during the wedding.
When Emma Rotherham, 27, tied the knot to fiancé Dan Bowker in front of 100 guests at Sacred Heart Church in Balby she thought the stressful part of her wedding was over.
But during the couple’s wedding reception, at the Holiday Inn in Warmsworth, she realised that her sister and chief bridesmaid, Lucy Morris, 29, was in labour.
The dedicated bridesmaid had been having contractions since 2am, but did not want steal her sister’s limelight so held on despite going into labour as she was walking up the aisle.
“I don’t know how I made it through the ceremony, I was in agony,” said Lucy.
She added: “I could not believe how bad the timing was but I was willing to put on a brave face so my sister’s big day wasn’t ruined.
“Baby Izzy nearly upstaged the bride, but I had made a promise to my sister that I’d be there no matter what.
“I was halfway through my first mouthful of food at the reception when the contractions got deeper and longer.”
“I was struggling to breathe and thought my waters were going to break.”
It was then that Lucy told everyone that her baby was on the way, and left the reception to cheers from the wedding guests.
Lucy’s mother then drove her to her to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, where after a 13 hour labour she gave birth to daughter Izzy.
Bride Emma says the arrival of her niece on her wedding day was a nice surprise.
“I don’t remember feeling anything except complete elation that I would be getting a niece or nephew,” said Emma.
She added: “This was only ever going to be a double celebration not something that would be taking shine away from the wedding.
“My day was perfect the fairy tale wedding I have dreamed of for my whole life.
“Having my sister there to share the majority was all I could have hoped for.
“Izzy is the most beautiful angel I have ever seen. Perfect in every way.
“Me and Dan are the happiest people in the world.”
“I love the fact Lucy left during the wedding breakfast to cheers. “It was so exciting. We will share this special memory forever.”