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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!”

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