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Soldier, bride wed in hospital

UPI News Service, 05/29/2011 

A couple in Kentucky said their wedding vows in a hospital, as the groom is set for deployment to Iraq and the pregnant bride is under doctor-ordered bed rest.

Jennifer Paddock, 24, said it wasn't the wedding she'd dreamed about but after the pregnant bride and her groom, Army Private 2nd Class Shawn Wentworth, 22, said "I do" in Suburban Hospital's meeting room, she said the ceremony was everything she'd ever hoped for.

"It's really an exciting day," Paddock said. "It's a little bit overwhelming but the hard part is over."

After Paddock and Wentworth got engaged last fall, they planned their church wedding for later this year at Okolona's St. Rita Catholic Church, but plans changed when Wentworth received his orders he'd be shipping out to Iraq on Sunday.

The couple quickly changed their marriage plans to adapt to the situation and scheduled the nuptials for May 13, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported Saturday.

"We wanted to get married before I left," Wentworth said. "If we're married, there will be better benefits for the family, and a little better pay."

Plans had to change again when Paddock's doctor ordered her to bed because she was going through difficulty with her pregnancy. The hospital chaplain suggested the couple marry at Suburban Hospital and the couple jumped at it.

"We just felt it was better to go ahead and do it now," Paddock said.

The wedding, which lasted four minutes, was attended by a small number of family and friends who toasted the loving couple afterward with sparkling grape juice.

The couple is planning a church ceremony at St. Rita Catholic Church when Wentworth returns from overseas -- attended by their son.

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