Meghan McCain and husband Ben Domenech tied the knot earlier this month. But, as it turns out, the couple's wedding wasn't always set for that date. McCain's father, Senator John McCain, was recently diagnosed with cancer, and the shock put everything into perspective for his daughter and her now-spouse.
"We were originally going to elope before everything happened with my dad, but obviously all these things have taken on new meaning," McCain told People in their latest issue. According to Domenech, the diagnosis "brought into focus how important it was for Meghan to have her dad see her get married, and to have that happen while he was still fully there and fully able to participate. This was something that she needed." Based on the circumstances, "we pushed everything up," McCain shared.
The couple noted that her father's illness brought them closer together, which made the decision to move up the wedding an easy one. "We were already talking about getting married, but [the diagnosis] made it official," McCain explained. "There was something about Ben being there for me, at my father's treatments. I was like, 'This is love.' I felt this overwhelming sense of time and my own mortality. We ended up saying, 'Let's do this now.'"
Though McCain wasn't "really caught up in the details" of her wedding ("I just wanted everybody to have a good time," she admitted) the event was certainly touching. For one, it took place on her family's ranch. "This beautiful valley has some special meaning because that's where we spent all our time with our kids growing up," Senator McCain said in the interview. "The wedding was a celebration of life and also a chance for us to revisit and celebrate the past."
The senator even got to walk McCain down the aisle, with a little help from his son and her brother. "[My brother] stepped in to walk me down the actual aisle and then my dad gave me away at the very end," McCain shared.