Weddings are stressful experiences even when things don’t go wrong.
But when they do go wrong, it can seem like the end of the world for some people. After all, this was supposed to be their big day and everything should’ve gone perfectly, right?
That’s why we’re giving a lot of cred to a couple in B.C. For nine months, they planned what was supposed to be their own dream wedding. Jay Werner and his bride Quandra were set to marry at North Vancouver’s Burrard Yacht Club last Saturday and had invited about 150 guests. The venue, meanwhile, was essentially a large tent filled with neatly decorated tables and blue wedding favours set against the gorgeous harbour.
“The tent looked absolutely beautiful,” Jay Werner says in the video above. “It was kind of the dream wedding for both of us.”
It all seemed perfect…until a severe storm suddenly ripped through the area.
Severe winds hit the tent like a hammer and began tearing away at the venue: flipping over tables, throwing around chairs, smashing wine glasses–even breaking the wrist of a photographer who tried to help save the day.
“The far end of the tent just billowed in like a sail, and basically took out the two end tables and we started hearing wine glasses smashing,” Jay Werner said. “I was ready to just run away… It’s pretty upsetting to see nine months of hard work gone in just 60 seconds.”
Like he said though, he was only “just about” ready to run away. With the wedding ceremony reduced to a state of carnage, friends of the couple and members of the yacht club helped change his mind. Some of them began cleaning up, others fired up their boat ovens (the storm had knocked out power), and eventually, the ceremony was relocated to the clubhouse.
“It was tight,” Quandra said. “I think it’s usually supposed to occupy about 50 people.”
At this point though, nothing was going to stop the couple from having their perfect day.
“The place was so full of love, it was unbelievable,” Quandra said. “As much as the whole day was overwhelming in a negative way, that was overwhelming in the most positive way. To walk into that, and just see all those people and realize that they put all of this together for us.”
The only downside? The couple is still on the hook for $10,000 in damages, which their insurance provider won’t cover because the incident was deemed an act of God.
But meh, love trumps all anyhow.