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http://www.wcpo.com/news/2006/local/04/ ... bride.html

Reported by: 9News

Web produced by: Neil Relyea

Photographed by: 9News

First posted: 4/9/2006 12:19:46 PM

A Tri-state father wasn't going to let his hospitalization keep him from being a part of his daughter's wedding more than a thousand miles away.

So, he got creative.

"I do!," cheered Al Decatur, father of the bride, propped up on his bed.

Decatur, a lung cancer patient at the Drake Center, gave his daughter Allison away by way of web cam connection with her wedding in Aspen, Colorado last night.

Decked out in a tuxedo shirt, vest and tie, Decatur took in every precious moment.

"Just a thing of beauty," said Decatur.

"Of course, I knew she'd look good but seeing a brother on each side of her, and her white wedding dress to me was just magnificent," said Decatur.

While disappointed he couldn't be there in person, Decatur chose to look on the bright side.

The way he sees it, he had the best seat in the house.

"Next best thing to being there," said Decatur. "I think I had a better view of bride and groom and the minister than the audience did."

To make the celebration complete, the Drake Center had a cake made which his friends proudly showed the bride and groom via the web cam connection.

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