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For Dying Mom, Couple Plans Wedding in 24 Hours

Anthony and Aly Femia's story is touching hearts around the globe.

A couple walks off into the sunset on their wedding day. Credit: Fritz Photography
A couple walks off into the sunset on their wedding day. Credit: Fritz Photography
By Gary Jeanfaivre

A hospital certainly wasn't Aly Femia's venue of choice for her wedding, but when doctors said her terminally ill mother may not make it another day it set off a series of events that has touched people's hearts around the world.

Aly and her fiance Anthony decided they would not wait till 2015 to tie the knot as originally planned. They would get married the next day in her mother's room at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut

Her mother, Mary Quinn, has been diagnosed with incurable cancer that has spread from her lungs to her brain, reports the website BuzzFeed, in an article that has been read by more than 500,000 people. And Aly, whose dad died when she was younger, wanted nothing more than for her mother to be there when she married the love of her life.

So less than 24 hours later, on Jan. 29, Aly married Anthony. 

The doctors and nurses who are treating her mother also helped make the wedding a reality — they donated food and flowers, and even offered to take her dress shopping.

"The hospital was INCREDIBLE!," Aly told BuzzFeed staffer Krystie Lee Yandoli, who graduated with Aly from Greenwich High Schoolin 2008. "They made my wedding possible."

“My favorite part of the day was having my mom see me in my wedding dress wearing a string of her pearls, and seeing her smile,” Aly said.

To see photos from the day, check out the article on BuzzFeed.
Bleacher Creature February 02, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Awesome story! Such a gift for both of them.
Shirley Dicktor February 02, 2014 at 04:28 PM
How can this possibly be connected to Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch?
John Boy February 02, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Very nice story, but has nothing to do with the local news near in the Tampa FL area. AOL has really gone astray since picking up Huffington and Patch. What a pity. Been with AOL since their beginning but as soon as I notify all of my new e-mail address it will hello MSN.
Jamie February 02, 2014 at 04:58 PM
A feel good story! So glad that her mother was able to 'make it to the wedding'... What a unselfish gift.
Vinnie B. February 02, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Patch sold out. Where is the Delete Button?
Guest February 02, 2014 at 09:21 PM
Oh come on. Who cares where it happen or who the patch is reporting it to. It's a beautiful story.
Brenda February 02, 2014 at 11:15 PM
You all are ignorant. Patch is doing important and also touching stories from all over the USA. If you paid more attention to their headlines you would see that. I appreciate it especially this type of story of love and starting life anew, but one possibly ending soon. Patch has its local news and if you want to read that then click on local news but if you hit the headlines news on the front page of AOL then you will see articles listed from all over. Just hit your local PATCH, like mine is Temecula Patch, and go along your boring, in a hole, under a rock, secluded, unaware, uncaring non-existant life. Patch very touching story. My prayers are with the family and friends of these wonderful kids.
Vinnie B. February 03, 2014 at 06:29 AM
I have other news outlets that report on the rest of the world. I dont need another one in my feed. And the way you responded is exactly why. BrenDUH.
Melissa Paige Leigh February 03, 2014 at 12:05 PM
An incredible tale of TRUE LOVE... they chose to truly make a special moment even more so.... my children and I know the grooms family and we all extend the entire family are warmest congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful life together as they now face an unbearable life tragedy- They will face is TOGETHER.... the bride & her mother will embrace that memory.... to eternity....

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