MORRISTOWN, NJ - Michael Gallardo and Marie Margaritondo of Westfield, both of Westfield, had an intimate wedding planned weeks before the birth of their first son. But baby Michael Preston, had other ideas.
After her water broke three weeks early, Marie was rushed to Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center. Not wanting to list Michael as 'fiancé' on the baby’s birth certificate, Marie and Michael asked the staff if there was any way they could get married at the hospital since they already had their marriage license.
“Everyone was incredible,” said Gallardo. “The nurses were scrambling -- one was trying to get ordained online, one went outside and picked flowers for a bouquet, others were monitoring Marie and the baby’s vitals.”
Ultimately, a chaplain on-call at the Medical Center was able to perform the ceremony. “They were like angels -- meant to be there,” he said.
“It was like a real ceremony. Our moms were there. We had flowers. We exchanged vows. It was beautiful,” he said.
“Less than a minute” after Gallardo kissed his bride, Margaritondo was rushed into the operating room for a C-section
Michael Preston Gallardo was born on Memorial Day to his two, newlywed parents.
“We could not be more blessed and more grateful,” said Marie. “I can’t believe this is our story.”