KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City couple tried to get married in April.
They'd done all their planning. They were very much in love, and the guests and food were ready.
But the wedding was called off.
Bride-to-be Alicia Wilburn had been skiing about a month before her wedding. Ever since, she really hadn't been feeling well. She had a persistent headache, an earache and just felt, as she said, "blah."
She'd been to the doctor. The diagnosis was a sinus infection; antibiotics were prescribed, but the medicine didn't help.
She went back. The doctor prescribed more, but it was still not better.
She went to the doctor five times during the month leading up to her wedding, but forged ahead.
"You've got so much time and emotion invested, you want to keep going no matter how bad you feel," Wilburn said.
Wilburn was at the nail salon the day before her wedding with her bridal party. Her head hurt, and she started slurring her speech.
Her friends made her go to the emergency room, and it's a good thing they did.
Wilburn's maid of honor rushed her to the emergency room. Emergency workers ordered a scan that revealed a chronic subdural hematoma, a large blood clot in her brain.
The wedding was off. The day that was supposed to be her wedding day, was instead, emergency brain surgery day.
Doctors told her she'd have likely died had she gotten on an airplane to go on her honeymoon. The cabin pressure would've been enough to move the clot.
After a week in the hospital and a month of recovery, the couple started re-planning their wedding.
Vendors gave them deep discounts. Family and friends re-booked flights and rooms.
Six months after the original date, on a Friday night, August 9, Alicia Wilburn married Brett Guggenmos.
"Brett's been AMAZING. Wouldn't leave me at the hospital and is still here today," Wilburn gushed. "I'm a lucky girl."
The vows were even more emotional than they might've been without her near-death experience.
"…till death parts us."
They both said those important words, and know deep down they both mean it.