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Couple Weds in Hospital Days Before Father Taken off Life Support

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DES MOINES, Iowa - It wasn't the "dream wedding" she had in mind, but for Nickalena Bedwell, having her dad there when she got married mattered the most.

"I was a daddy's girl - I am a daddy's girl," she said. "So it's been rough."

Nickalena's father, Tom Monk, found himself on life support at Mercy Hospital after a series of health complications all struck at once. Her fiance, also named Tom, had plans to put a ring on her finger in June. The couple still plans to have a formal ceremony then, but they made a last minute decision Sunday night to make it "official" this week - all for her dad.

Nikalena and Tom Bedwell celebrated their wedding on Monday, March 7, 2016 in Nickalena's father's hospital room. Her father passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (Photo Courtesy: Jamie Grant Photography)

Nikalena and Tom Bedwell celebrated their wedding on Monday, March 7, 2016 in Nickalena's father's hospital room. Her father passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (Photo Courtesy: Jamie Grant Photography)

"The big thing was the wedding," she said. "Because I didn't want him to miss out on it, so that helped us kind of make the decision."

The decision: to take Bedwell's father off life support. He passed away Wednesday. But before all of that - on Monday - she walked down the aisle, to his hospital room, to say, "I do."

"It's something that she always wanted him to be a part of, and it made her sick that he wasn't going to be able to be a part of it," said her husband, Tom.

Bedwell hadn't even had her wedding dress fitted yet. But none of that mattered. Packed in a tiny hospital room with a professional photographer and kind nurses who brought in Sprite and cranberry juice for the "toast," Nickalena and Tom tied the knot with her father as a witness.

"It was a sad situation, but I mean it was definitely a happy moment," her husband said. "There was a lot of laughs. It was the one day where there wasn't a whole lot of crying and the sadness just kind of went away."

For Bedwell, it was more than just a celebration for her - it was for her dad.

"Celebration of life, celebration of love, celebration of him," she said.
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