Tying the knot at GOSH

11 Jun 2021, 10:40 a.m.

Peata and Ash: banner image

Sometimes, love just can't wait.

Our team on NICU came together to make the dreams come true for two incredible parents. Peata and Ash were married on Alligator ward, with a very special best man at their side. Here, they share memories of their special day:

Life on Alligator Ward

“The day-to-day care we receive from the entire NICU team is phenomenal,” begins Peata.

“Their compassion and genuine interest on how we are doing as a family is what sets these NHS heroes apart from the rest. The kindness and love they have shown not only Leo but us as parents means more than words can express. They’ve become our family.”

Tying the knot: an emotional decision

“When things weren't looking too good for Leo, we decided to tie the knot at the hospital, surrounded by the staff who are taking care of us. There was no stopping them from making our dreams become a reality – dreams of our baby boy being there for us on our special day.

“It took a total of four days from deciding to move our plans of a tropical wedding in Bali to the most symbolic and personal wedding on Alligator ward at GOSH. The team didn’t waste any time or shy away from the challenge! We had Leo as Best Man and were able to have friends and family dial in on Zoom from all corners of the world. It was better than anything we could have planned and the day spread joy across the ward. The team took all the planning and stress away so that we could focus on Leo, which was truly amazing.”

Peata and Ash: The happy family

It’s all in the details

“The team went above and beyond and made our makeshift altar in the isolation room the most magical wedding venue. Who knew you could do so much decorating with hospital sheets! We are so grateful for the effort and planning they did and will never forget the kindness and friendship they've shown our family. We can't forget to thank the photographer from Medical Illustrations for capturing our special day, the chaplaincy team for the gorgeous and personal service and determination in getting all the paperwork in order in such a rush, GOSH Charity for all their contributions, and the hospital canteen for our delicious wedding cake!"

Peata and Ash getting married on Alligator Ward

“Our hearts are bursting with happiness. We just feel so lucky to be wrapped up in the care of the NICU staff at GOSH. We've been lucky to have a chance to get to know the team more during our time here so far and you couldn't come across a more nurturing, genuine, and dedicated bunch of people who always know how to put a smile on your face!”

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