Georgia hospital throws wedding ceremony for couple after groom is severely burned before his big day.
Preston and Tanesha Cobb exchanged vows and held a modest wedding ceremony at the Augusta Burn ICU in Georgia.
They recently tied the knot in a hospital room after dire circumstances showed them how fragile life can really be, and how they shouldn’t waste another minute.
The groom, who works as a nitride operator, was involved in a dangerous accident when a barrel filled with molten salt at 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit fell and splashed hot liquid on him.
Despite the challenging circumstances, Preston and Tanesha Cobb exchanged vows, holding a modest wedding ceremony at the Augusta Burn Unit in Georgia.
The couple grew up together in Toccoa, GA, a city in far Northeast Georgia near the border of South Carolina. The two have known each other since they were kids but didn’t start dating until 2020.
Toccoa natives Preston and Tanesha Cobb had every detail of their wedding planned out, from flowers to venue to the guest list. Everything changed on June 30 after a chemical spill accident landed Preston at the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.
Tanesha hasn’t left Preston’s side and with the accident happening so close to their wedding day, it didn’t look like the couple would exchange vows on July 22.
Mary Cook, a JMS Burn Center nurse, overheard the couple’s wedding conversations and decided to get creative. She gathered a group of nurses to get food, a DJ, flowers and a venue set up.
Cook approached the couple with her idea and it was an instant yes.
“I was like, ‘Man, she’s not going to want to marry me,’” Preston said. “I’m not the same person that asked her to marry me.”
Their love now is stronger than ever.
“There’s nothing that would stop me from marrying him,” Tanesha said. “Nothing. I knew that this day would come. I didn’t think it would be like this.”
The day almost didn’t happen.
“I literally watched the skin from my elbow like detach and literally just go to dust and crumble,” Preston said. “I literally felt like that was going to be the end.”
He is far from the end. Through it all, he has his bride next to his side.
“Even though my condition, it still didn’t stop me from marrying the woman of my dreams,” Preston said.