WITH THIS (TEETHING) RING...
Hannah, 26, began to get contractions the night before sister Francesca’s big day.
But she was determined to walk down the aisle and even posed for photos with her fellow bridesmaids before they set off to church.
But as they prepared to leave, Francesca put her foot down and ordered her to head to hospital with partner Lee Goodacre, 31.
Hours later baby Alfie was born – and the news was announced at the wedding reception.
Seamstress Hannah said: “I really didn’t want to miss Francesca’s special day. I assured her throughout my pregnancy that I’d be there and I didn’t want to let her down.
“On the morning of the wedding, I got into my bridesmaid’s dress, had my hair done and did my makeup but I had to keep stopping every few minutes because of the painful contractions. I knew the birth was imminent.
“My parents and two other sisters who were also bridesmaids kept telling me to go to hospital. When Francesca agreed I should leave too I admitted defeat.
“On the drive to hospital, I kept asking Lee to slow down on the bumpy parts, and next minute I was asking him to speed up!”
After arriving in their wedding outfits the couple, of Bicester, Oxon, were dubbed best dressed couple on the maternity ward at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Meanwhile – as medics swung in to action – Francesca, 30, married Phillip Cox, 31, at St Nicholas’ Church, Oxford, before moving on to the reception.
Francesca said:“before we left for the church her contractions were coming thick and fast. I knew she wouldn’t make it, no matter how much she wanted to. “I was gutted Hannah wasn’t there to see me get married – it wasn’t the same without her. “But minutes after Hannah gave birth, my mum announced to all of the guests she’d had the baby and everyone cheered. It was a lovely moment and a relief to know everything had gone well. “Alfie will always be known as the baby that crashed the wedding and I’ll be sure to tell him all about it when he’s older – in fact, I won’t let him forget it! “I went to meet my new nephew the day after I got married and enjoyed giving him a cuddle.” She added: “It was such good news to hear Hannah was pregnant – I just wished she could have been due a month earlier or later. “Right from the start, I was convinced she would give birth on the wedding day. And I was right!”