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Couple wed before bride's appendectomy

YPSILANTI, Mich., June 22 (UPI) -- A ruptured appendix changed, but didn't stop marriage plans for a Michigan couple who wed in a hospital just before the bride underwent surgery, the groom said.

Claris Hart, 36, and Christopher Berrey, 41, had spent a month getting ready for a small backyard wedding ceremony attended by about 30 family members Tuesday at their Ypsilanti home.

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Hart started having severe abdominal pains Tuesday and Berrey drove her to the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor emergency room at around 3 a.m., the Web site, annarbor.com reported.

"She was very upset," Berrey said. "She said, 'I want to be married today, no matter what.'"

The couple had come to the hospital prepared to carry out a wedding.

Berrey said Hart had told him before they left for the hospital: "Let the dogs out, grab the license the rings, we're going to have the minister come marry us before surgery."

Hart wore a blue hospital gown and the emergency room staff made a veil of gauze and did the best they could with hair and makeup, annarbor.com reported.

The Rev. Sheryl Colter, a nurse who happened to be an ordained minister with Free Methodist Church, officiated along with a Michigan State Police chaplain. Doctors were witnesses, the manager of the emergency room was the videographer and another staff member downloaded Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" from her phone.

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"It was pretty awesome and amazing that they pulled it all together to make this work for Claris," Berrey said. "It made her very happy."

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