Couple planned for $48,000 wedding in a palace, but ended up wedding in a hospital

Steph Murphy’s $48,000 dream wedding took a nightmarish twist, just two days before the ceremony.


With a Croatian palace booked for the nuptials , 40 relatives and friends had joined Steph and hubby-to-be James Goss for a memorable day that had taken 18 months to plan.

Everything was in place, every detail taken care of – and eager James had even agreed to take dance lessons so he could make Steph proud at the ­reception party.

But disaster struck on a pre-wedding cruise when James slipped and snapped his leg at an extreme angle. So sad!

He was confined to hospital for five days. There was no way the wedding at the atmospheric Sponza Palace in Dubrovnik could go ahead.

But while James still blames himself for what he feels was letting his bride down, quick-thinking Steph was not to be denied her big day.

She wiped away the tears and told doctors she wanted the ­ceremony to go ahead – in hospital.

Doctors agreed and removed pews from the hospital’s tiny chapel so that James’s bed could be wheeled inside.

And the couple’s wedding night was spent on a hospital ward.

Steph, 30, says: “The staff pushed my bed next to James so we could be together.

"But then they woke us up at 5am to take blood from him, so that kind of ruined the moment!

“Getting married in the hospital was making the best of what seemed like a disastrous situation.

“But it made me realize what mattered was not the venue or the cost – it was just us being together and showing how much we cared for each other.

“In fact, our wedding day was just perfect, because we stripped away all the glamour and the trimmings and it was all about our love.”

But it did mean they missed out on a ceremony at Sponza Palace.

The total cost of the Croatia bash, including venues and all outfits, was $22,000.

A two-week honeymoon in Bora Bora came in at $18,000. And a reception back in Liverpool was a further $8,000.


Steph says: “I had everything planned down to the last detail.”

But, who knows tomorrow! Disaster struck, and they ended up wedding on a hospital bed!

They have been refunded about $1,500 for unused facilities on the wedding day itself.

And they did manage to hold the $8,000 reception – with speeches – back home.

James was on crutches for the do and is now making a good recovery.

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