Mere weeks after Meghan McCain, The View co-host and daughter of GOP Senator John McCain announced her engagement to conservative pundit Ben Domenech, the couple exchanged vows on November 21.
"We've been together for years. And we have been engaged for a while," Meghan explained. "It was a secret. I was hoping to get married and people wouldn't find out, but people talk sometimes and I love him very much and I'm very happy."
When it came to planning her wedding, she was not in the mood to stress.
“I was not really caught up in the details,” she said. “I just wanted everybody to have a good time.”
But when her father tore his Achilles tendon in the days leading up to the cermony, the bride-to-be had to figure out a new plan to get down the aisle on the big day.
That's when her brother, 29-year-old Army guardsman, Jimmy stepped in.
“He stepped in to walk me down the actual aisle and then my dad gave me away at the very end,” Meghan explains. “I had nerves right before I was going to walk out, but Jimmy was making me laugh the entire time.”
"She was very calm and very positive,” she says. “The day was here and her dad was here, which was the most important thing,” said her mom, Cindy.
Unfortunately her father's presence was not guaranteed, because the 81-year-old has been battling stage 4 glioblastoma. This rare and highly aggressive form of brain cancer has a median survival rate of 14 months.
“I felt like a nuclear bomb went off in my life. I was a mess. I was barely functioning,” Meghan says.