A couple recently said “I do” inside a Pennsylvania hospital — all so that the groom’s mother, who was down at a hospital, could attend their wedding. Chaz Wilburn tells PEOPLE he still can’t believe how perfectly everything came together on Oct. 2 for his wedding at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh. Thanks to the hospital’s staff, Chaz and his new wife Amanda “Mandie” Wilburn were able to tie the knot during a romantic ceremony inside the hospital’s chapel, while his mother, Ajeana Schuler, watched on from her hospital bed.
According to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a few months ahead of their wedding, Chaz was admitted to the hospital, where he spent 38 days over the summer over a congestive heart failure. By the time he was on the road to recovery, his mom was admitted to St. Margaret. “When she went in there, Mandie and I decided we didn’t want to wait until January to get married,” Chaz explained to the Tribune-Review. “We wanted to have the wedding in her room so she could be there.”
After proposing the idea to hospital staff, a team of employees quickly jumped into action to make it happen — helping with everything from ordering “bride and groom” champagne glasses to helping style Schuler’s hair, per the outlet. In a conversation with CBS affiliate KDKA Mandie recalled, Chaz is very seldomly speechless, and whenever Baliegh called, that was the social worker that put the whole plan in motion, it was so funny.”
When the day finally came, Mandie and Chaz dressed to the nines, with the bride wearing a red lace gown and Chaz in a red velvet jacket with floral lapels. Schuler was also dressed up in a matching red lace shirt, as shown in photos from the ceremony.
The couple called on Chaz’s friend, Pastor Jerry Jefferson, to officiate the wedding, which they say couldn’t have been better.
Mandie, 35, told PEOPLE. “It was so perfect, we couldn’t have planned it to be any better. So many small acts from great people were weaved together just for love. Everything about that day and everyone involved in our day was amazing.”
Though Chaz’s mom currently cannot communicate with words, the couple noted to KDKA that they could see the happiness on her face over how she was included in her day. Now happily married, the couple is enjoying their new life as husband and wife.