“I gave birth on our anniversary when the little boy was born weeks premature”

She gave birth to a bride wedding day when her baby arrived weeks earlier than expected.

Rebecca Macmillan was surprised when the couple found out they were going to be parents four weeks after their planned wedding.

But the mother was amazed when her labor pains began on the morning of her wedding day,

In fact, while she was preparing to walk down the aisle, she gave birth to her baby son, Rory, via emergency c-section.

Rebecca told that daily record : “Every bride wants her wedding day to be unforgettable and Rory made ours more memorable than most.

“We didn’t end up getting married, but we have the most beautiful little boy instead.

Rebecca Macmillan with fiance Nick



Rebecca Macmillan at her engagement party



“We may have lost most of the money we spent on our wedding, but the joy of having our son is priceless.”

Hairstylist Rebecca, 32, and Skills and Competence manager Nick, 36, got engaged in July last year after five years of meeting and dating online.

The couple, who live in Stirling, have booked their wedding for May 21 at Gartmore Village Hall in the heart of the Trossachs National Park.

Rebecca was certain she was unlikely to be due a month before her baby was due on June 20th.

She said: “When I was a wedding planner, I never worked with a pregnant bride.

“I think most people aren’t crazy enough to get married while pregnant – just me.

“When we first discovered we were going to have a baby, we actually wanted to postpone the wedding, but after going through the coronavirus pandemic, we realized life was too short and decided, ‘let’s do it just try’.

Rebecca Macmillan and her fiancee Nick weren’t expecting Rory’s arrival



“We’ve joked a lot about our baby arriving on our wedding anniversary – we never really believed it would happen.

“I also talked to my hairdressing clients every day and always said, ‘As long as I can make it to the aisle’ — but that didn’t happen.”

Rebecca, who was ready to have eight bridesmaids at her wedding, said the surprise pregnancy has caused her to change some of her wedding plans.

She said: “I had to buy a new wedding dress – four sizes too big for me – as my original dress was tiny.

“My plans for the hen party weekend had to be designed around my pregnancy – but we still had a wonderful time in Port Patrick, where we did an aromatherapy workshop, rock and pop stars dressed up and went out to dinner.

“But other than that, I was probably a little naïve and believing that everything would be fine and I’d rock out on the wedding dance floor.”

Rebecca was beginning to feel nervous that her baby might arrive early the day before her wedding as she and Nick were joined by family to decorate their reception hall.

She said: “I woke up feeling good on Friday morning.

“We set up the hall on Friday afternoon.

“Our mothers went to work making table arrangements, the bar was set up and we got all our chairs ready for the ceremony.

Rebecca Macmillan with fiance Nick – a slice of her wedding cake in hospital



“Things were looking great and there was a nice excitement but I didn’t feel right.

“When the evening came I was paranoid, so-called midwife.

“She examined me and at that moment said my symptoms were fine and I should be fine, but to call back if anything changed.

“We had a pre-wedding dinner with our parents, then I went to bed at a B&B for an early night while Nick stayed at a nearby hotel.”

Rebecca woke up in the early hours of the morning when her waters broke.

She calmly called the hospital, packed her things, and then called Nick to let him know she was on her way.

She said: “As I was leaving, I knocked on my bridesmaids’ door to tell them I was going to the hospital.

“I had to drive myself because I was the only one who didn’t drink at dinner.”

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As they drove to the hospital, Rebecca said she and Nick hoped they would be told they could go ahead with their wedding plans as they hadn’t gone into labor yet.

But on arrival at Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert, they were told their baby was on the way.

When Nick contacted her wedding suppliers to cancel her big day, her families did their best to contact all 200 guests.

Rebecca said: “All the nurses and midwives knew our story and told us how sorry they were for the wedding.

“All the hospital staff were so lovely and absolutely amazing.

“Our family and friends who were there gathered at the venue to start tearing down the wedding – they gathered everything from my dress, decorations, jewellery, the cake, whatever, and stored it all for the next big one day again.

“Everyone was mainly concerned and excited for us, which was really nice. Some people thought it was a liquidation.”

When medical professionals noticed that Rebecca’s unborn baby’s heartbeat was worryingly dropping every time she went into labor, the decision was made to take her to the theater for an emergency caesarean.

Baby Rory Ian William Cheetham was born at 11.40am and weighed 5 pounds 3 ounces on his parents’ wedding anniversary.

Many wedding guests gathered at the wedding venue organized drinks to toast the newcomer.

Rebecca said: “We had a Facebook page for our wedding so we posted a picture of Rory to let everyone know he was here.”

Rebecca and Nick believe postponing their wedding just hours before it was due to take place could have cost them as much as £12,000.

They hope to finally get married and have their dream wedding sometime in the future.

And they’ll make sure their young son grows up knowing the chaos — and expense — his dramatic early arrival has caused.

Rebecca, who was accompanied by Nick and her midwives to an unofficial wedding cake cutting ceremony at the hospital, said: “We had paid our balance of payments two weeks before the wedding.

“We had paid for the venue, catering, band, photographer, videographer, humanist celebrant, cake, kilt hire, bar hire, flowers, hair and makeup, and Nick even had a surprise whistler booked for me.

“The whistler and photographer said they would be happy to transfer our booking to a new date.

“Our caterer also offered to reschedule the appointment for a small fee – a baby comforter from Rory.

“Hopefully some of the others will do the same as I’m not sure how we’re going to afford to do it again.

“I’ve spoken to Rory and he knows he doesn’t get pocket money until he’s 18.”

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