Couple donates flowers to those in hospital after Matthew cancels wedding

October 8 was supposed to be the best day of Elizabeth and Andrew's lives. Hurricane Matthew had a different plan in mind.What were they supposed to do with all of those wedding flowers?

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- October 8 was supposed to be the best day of Elizabeth Gilbert and Andrew Matuskowitz's lives.

They were supposed to get married, in Charleston, but Hurricane Matthew had a different plan in mind. The wedding was cancelled, leaving the couple with a big question on their mind.

What were they supposed to do with all of those wedding flowers? They decided to give back.

Elizabeth and Andrew came to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill. Their special day turned into something even more. Flower deliveries for patients who were transferred from coastal-area hospitals, new mothers, and patients undergoing cancer treatment. They were handed out the day before Elizabeth and Andrew's original wedding day.

"Special delivery! Hello, we heard you might like some flowers," the couple said as they delivered flowers to patients in the hospital. 

The patients, forever thankful. Even lending their own words of advice for the couple.

"You need companionship," one woman told the couple. "Make sure that stays."

Twenty-one bouquets of flowers were made for the patients, but it was the last one, delivered over FaceTime, that the couple will remember forever.

"They told me about your wedding day, and we was like 'Oh no, so sad,'" one patient explained over Facetime. "But then it became happy. You're getting married November 5. That is our 50th anniversary."

A shared experience and shared wedding day for life, something that Piedmont Medical Center staff say means the world.

"To have someone else come into the hospital to make others feel that joy even for a moment, really means a lot," says Piedmont Medical Center Marketing Manager, Daisy Burroughs.

The couple will still marry at the same venue, Runnymede Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.

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