Lincoln Co. woman goes into labor at best friend's wedding

LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Leslie Leith found out she was pregnant the same day her best friend Charley Norman got engaged to her now husband, Justin.

"There was always a running joke it was going to happen the day of. It was just a joke," Charley said.

The two women from Denver in Lincoln County have been best friends since 2007. They are loyal to each other to a T. It was only natural Charley would ask Leslie to be her Matron of Honor.

The joke about Leslie's baby being born on Charley's wedding day should have included some "knock on wood" gestures, because on the morning of May 30, Leslie woke up having mild contractions.

"They weren't intense and they weren't consistent, so I called the doctor and they said, 'It sounds like pre-labor, just keep an eye on it,'" Leslie said.

So she went on to Charley's wedding venue at Vesuvius Vineyards in Denver.

"I really wasn't even going to tell them that I was in labor potentially, but as soon as I walked in they read my face and they were like, 'Are you kidding me?'" Leslie said.

The day progressed and the contractions kept coming. They came more frequently. They became more and more painful.

Leslie said at one point during the actual wedding ceremony she relaxed a little during the prayer and really had a moment where she thought she should head to the hospital. But she was determined to stand by her best friend's side on the most important day of her life.

And she did. But just as soon as the "I do's" were exchanged, Leslie and her husband Ian got in the car and headed to the hospital.

While her friends were all at Charley's wedding reception celebrating, Leslie gave birth to a baby boy just 2 hours after her friend was married.

"When Jay came over that microphone and said 'It's a boy!' two hours later, we're like 'wow.' And it all set in that this happened so quickly," Charley said.

After the announcement was made, the entire bridal party - still in their wedding attire - headed straight to the hospital to meet little Owen Alexander.

"It was epic," Charley said. "And it just added to such an amazing day."

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