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Her wish was for her mom to see her wedding. An Idaho hospital made it ‘perfect’

A 'perfect' wedding at St. Luke's Magic Valley

Whitney and Nathan Romans got married in the ICU of St. Luke's Magic Valley so the bride's mother could witness the ceremony. Without being asked, the hospital staff took care of all the preparations.
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Whitney and Nathan Romans got married in the ICU of St. Luke's Magic Valley so the bride's mother could witness the ceremony. Without being asked, the hospital staff took care of all the preparations.

The location of the wedding wasn’t what most girls dream of. But for Whitney Romans, it was perfect.

Romans’ mother is in the St. Luke’s Magic Valley Intensive Care Unit with Stage 4 cancer. Whitney and her now-husband Nathan Romans decided on Dec. 10 that they needed to have their wedding immediately so that Whitney’s mother would be able to see it.

“My mom and I have talked about my wedding from the time that I was little,” Whitney said. “ ... I can’t imagine having a wedding without my mom. She is the most important person in the world so it meant everything to me.”

The Romans, who have been together for eight years, decided on the morning of Dec. 10 that the wedding was to be that afternoon. Seemingly an impossible task, the staff at St. Luke’s made sure preparations were the least of Whitney’s and Nathan’s worries.

Without hesitation, St. Luke’s staff members adorned Whitney’s mother’s room with curtains, cakes and candles. There were corsages, boutonnieres and a bouquet as well, all prepared by staff. Whitney’s mother’s room held the ceremony while the ICU waiting room was transformed into a wedding reception area. The director of the ICU even brought in a wedding dress for Whitney.

The ceremony was streamed live so family and friends could witness it.

“Everyone that I have spoken to just can’t believe that they would do this. No one has ever heard of having a wedding in an ICU,” Whitney said. “I think that I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding. Obviously, I would have loved if my mom could have been there with me to get ready. I know that she loved it and it meant a lot to her. I don’t regret anything about it. It was perfect.”

Medical costs for Whitney’s mother remain high. In lieu of wedding gifts, the Romans have asked for support for their family. If you would like to donate, their GoFundMe page can be found here.

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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