What kind of a wedding has specimen cups hanging for decoration? The kind in which the groom ends up in the hospital minutes before the ceremony but insists on going through with his vows. Robert Adams, 68, suffered an attack—TribLive calls it an anxiety attack, while CBS Pittsburgh describes it as a heart attack—as he drove to the church to wed Mary Pizzuto, also 68. Adams has a history of heart trouble, and friends called an ambulance when he arrived.
EMTs convinced him he had to go to the hospital, with bride-to-be Pizzuto riding in the front seat, and Adams got the reverend to come along, too. “He said that he was getting married one way or another, no matter what,” says one of the paramedics. “He wanted it to happen.” And it did happen, right in his ER room, after hospital staffers did what they could to spruce the place up. “I reminded the pastor we weren't there for last rites, but marriage vows,” Adams says. The newlyweds plan a Vegas honeymoon after Adams gets back on his feet. (Click to read about a new bride who got revenge on two wedding crashers.)