Bill "Doc" Duree, 83, and Elvina Moon, 76, had their wedding day Friday.
It just didn't go quite as originally planned.
Instead of marrying at a church in Maize at 10 a.m., they exchanged vows at Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa at 9 a.m.
It was bumped up an hour to leave more time for Bill to prepare for his gall bladder surgery later in the day.
"When we realized we were going to be in the hospital," Elvina said, "we decided to just have the wedding here."
Besides, they had picked Friday for a special reason — it was also Bill's birthday.
They cleared their plans with the hospital staff and called the pastor to tell him about the change in location.
Nurses and staff worked through the night to get things ready: flowers, bouquets, lemonade and cake.
They even printed off a wedding program, complete with a poem and ribbon.
"They took care of us," Elvina said. "It was a bigger wedding than we would have had, a lot nicer. It was a big shindig."
They figured the wedding would be held in Bill's room with Bill wearing one of those airy hospital gowns.
But when he learned it would be just outside the hospital's chapel, he called Elvina at 6 a.m. and told her to bring his suit. She stuck with her original plans and wore an off-white lace dress.
Right before the wedding, Bill was given a shot for pain.
But he stood under his own power for the ceremony.
"He was a little woozy," Elvina said.
A handful of family members, plus about 40 hospital staff, attended.
As soon as the ceremony ended, Bill was returned to his room in a wheelchair — with a "Just Got Married" sign hanging on the back.
"It was fun to see how happy they were and to have all the people to share the day with," said Stefanie Roth, one of the third-shift nurses who helped with the wedding and took pictures. "They were very appreciative."
Bill and Elvina, who both lost their spouses in recent years, met a little more than a year ago while bowling in a league at West Acres.
"He was such a nice man," Elvina said. "I fell in love with him."
Bill has three grown children; Elvina has 10.
"I always wanted 12 children," she said. "Now I have a baker's dozen."
They were engaged in January and continued bowling together — three days a week. That's also the number of days they go dancing each week.
"We're very active," Elvina said.
They were being just that Wednesday, bowling in the morning and going about their daily routine, when Bill got sick that night.
He went to the emergency room, and the next thing you know wedding plans were altered.
Bill, who picked up his nickname "Doc" because he liked to treat wounded animals while growing up in Wichita, was determined that their wedding date wouldn't change.
But he took the changes in stride, said Elvina, who's from Maize.
Bill didn't have his surgery until early Friday evening, but came out of it in good shape about an hour later.
"Just a little bigger incision than they planned," Elvina said.
Friday's original wedding plans also called for a night of dancing at Orchard Park Recreation Center.
"We were going to bring our big wedding cake there and have punch," Elvina said, "but we had to call it off.
"It might be a while before we can dance again, but we'll be back out there."