Out of the disaster of hurricane Katrina, we are now starting to hear the uplifting stories of love, courage, hope, and the value of human kindness. From little kids giving away their piggy bank life savings, to strangers opening their homes, the stories are enough to make you cry, and want to do all you can to help. While far too many couples must have had their weddings ruined, others are finding ways to not let a hurricane stop them from being married. Marty Nehlig and Gini La France
were supposed to get married at home in Louisiana, but after evacuating were helped by Alabama businesses and residents to plan an unforgetable wedding among the stalagtites of the DeSoto Caverns. Michaella Boyd and Thomas Sullivan
had originally planned to get married in 2006, but because of Katrina realized that "time waits for no man." A pastor that Sullivan met at a job fair organized his congregation into donating everything - from cake and flowers to gown and even the honeymoon. Meanwhile, Bobby Thompson and Diana Gillespie
had only been dating back home in Biloxi, Mississippi, but after spending many anxiety-filled moments together in a Florida shelter, Thompson realized he may have lost all his material possesions, but he didn't want to lose his girl. So with the help of a Red Cross Volunteer, he proposed in front of the entire shelter and area businesses jumped to give them a beautiful wedding.
For everyone out there planning a wedding who is more fortunate than these people are, this can be a good reminder that in the end, its not that important if the cocktail napkins match the china, or something goes wrong. What is important is that at the end of the day you are married to the one you love.
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