This Couple Put Their Wedding Together In 24 Hours So The Bride’s Sick Mom Could See Them Get Married

“I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.” Update: Shortly after the wedding, Mary Quinn, the mother of the bride, died.

1. Updated — Feb. 3, 3 p.m. ET

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2. Aly and Anthony Femia met as students at Manhattanville College in New York and have been together ever since.

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Before attending Manhattanville, Aly graduated from Greenwich High School with me in 2008.

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3. On Dec. 14, 2012, Anthony proposed to Aly when they were on a weekend getaway to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

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4. They celebrated their engagement with friends and family and were originally supposed to get married in September 2015.

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The couple wanted to wait until Aly finished graduate school and Anthony recovered from shoulder surgery.

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5. But last week Aly’s mom, Mary Quinn, went to the doctor to check up on a pain she felt in her neck.

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6. They unexpectedly discovered she had lung cancer that spread to her brain.

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7. After initially hoping there were treatment options, Mary and her family were told it was incurable. She now only has a short time left to live.

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8. When Aly asked the doctors when she should hold her wedding so her mother could be there, they answered, “Tomorrow.”

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9. So in 24 hours, Aly, Anthony, their families, and the hospital staff rallied together to plan their wedding.

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10. In just a few short hours, the couple managed to get their marriage certificate from New Haven City Hall and pick out a wedding dress for the bride.

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11. They officially tied the knot on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

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12. Aly described how the staff at Yale New Haven Hospital, where Mary currently is, played a huge role in making her wedding day a success.

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13. “The hospital was INCREDIBLE! They made my wedding possible,” she said.

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14. One doctor offered to take her wedding dress shopping.

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15. A group of them also bought Aly a bracelet that they gave to her before she got married.

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16. The social worker brought Aly her grandmother’s handkerchief to signify “something old.”

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17. The hospital even donated food and flowers and bought a cake.

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18. The hallways were filled with doctors and nurses, and the hospital chaplain performed the ceremony.

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19. Aly’s stepdad walked her down the aisle.

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20. “He loves me like his own daughter,” she said.

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21. “We have a beautiful family, and no matter what happens we’re all going to stick together.”

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22. Aly couldn’t get over how amazing and helpful everyone was.

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23. “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,” she said.

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24. Sixteen years ago, Aly also lost her father to metastatic lung cancer.

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25. “Maybe that’s why it was even more important to me to have one of my parents at my wedding,” she explained.

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26. “I’m so glad that she was there to watch me say ‘I do’ and see me marry my best friend,” Aly said.

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27. “I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.”

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28. Aly’s mother, Mary Quinn, died Monday morning.

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