Couple get married next to their baby daughter's hospital bed - so that she can be a bridesmaid

A photographer and hairstylist volunteered for the day to make it special for the family of three

Karim Rezaie, 38, psychological therapist and Louise Rezaie, 30, psychological well-being practitioner pictured on their wedding day with their baby daughter Layla as the bridesmaid (SWNS).
Karim Rezaie, 38, psychological therapist and Louise Rezaie, 30, psychological well-being practitioner pictured on their wedding day with their baby daughter Layla as the bridesmaid (SWNS).

This is the moment a baby was bridesmaid for her parents' wedding - next to her hospital bed where she is being treated.

Karim and Louise Rezaie celebrated their big day with their six-month-old daughter Layla, who is undergoing treatment, by their sides.

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‘Beautiful day’

Baby Layla was a bridesmaid for her parents as they got married in hospital to be by her side (SWNS)

The couple, from Torquay, Devon, tied the knot on 21 May at Bristol Children's Hospital where Layla is a patient with a rare genetic condition.

Layla, born on Christmas Day, suffers from CHARGE syndrome, a random genetic mutation that has affected her eating, vision, and heart and other complications.

Karim, 38, said: “We’d always wanted to get married with Layla our daughter there.

“It was obviously a beautiful day – with the amount of effort they put in.

The couple, from Torquay, Devon, tied the knot on May 21 at Bristol Children's Hospital (SWNS)

''We initially imagined having the chaplain come down and just do a wedding by the bedside, but the play team really put the effort in.''

The hospital’s team had arranged a wedding blessing to take place in the ward.

‘Magical day’

Karim, a psychological therapist, said: “The whole day was made very magical.

''A huge tremendous effort was put in by the playmate workers into arranging decorations and music, getting in touch with our relatives, and getting videos recorded for people who could be there.”

A number of people volunteered on the day, from a professional photographer to a hairstylist.

“It was a really special day but obviously it was bittersweet,” she added.

“Layla was there, and it was fantastic but we were reminded how poorly she was but it was still great for it to happen.

“The doctors have said it could take weeks or months before we can take her home.”