If a neonatal intensive care unit sounds an unappealing place to get married, the story of why Texas couple Kristi and Justin Nelson tied the knot there will probably change your mind.
The Nelsons made the emotional decision to hold their wedding ceremony at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth on Tuesday so that their premature baby boy, who weighed just 1 pound and 13 ounces when was born 15 weeks early, could act as their ring bearer. Their two-month-old son J.J.'s twin brother was stillborn, loading the moment with even more meaning.
They put J.J. in an adorable tuxedo onesie as he laid in his crib next to his parents, and balanced the wedding rings on his chest until they were ready to be placed, according to ABC News. The happy moment is likely to be followed by another — J.J. has reportedly tripled in size since his birth and may be able to go home soon.
Luckily for the Nelsons, their eight-year-old daughter and other family members were able to witness their heart-warming ceremony. "We couldn't leave him out of our wedding," Kristi Nelson told ABC News of the decision.
"It was a dream come true," she added. "I could not have wished for it to be any more perfect. The main thing was having our son there by our side. It meant the world to us."
Though they've been through trials as a couple, she told ABC News, their marriage is now built on a rock-sold foundation. "Our love has only grown and made us stronger. We know that after all we've been through, there's no doubt that we can make it through anything."