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Hurricane Irene Can't Stop Love

With part of the parkway closed and the Lacey United Methodist Church opening as a shelter, a couple must get married one day earlier than planned

With smiles on their faces and twinkles in their eyes Jessy Phifer and Shaun Cannon said, “I do.” No hurricane was going to keep them from getting married.

Phifer, 29, of Lacey and Cannon, 30, a native of Florida, were set for their wedding on Saturday, Aug. 27 but little did they know the biggest storm to hit the region in over two decades would strike on their big day.

The chaos began one day ago, when their reception venue Bayfront in Waretown notified Phifer that there had been a power surge. The couple then planned to hold their reception at the Lacey United Methodist Church after the ceremony.

As Phifer got pampered, getting her nails done and a spray tan, she had her heart set on getting married tomorrow.

“I thought, 'We are going to get through this hurricane. If we make it through this, we’re going to make it through anything,'” Phifer said.

But Hurricane Irene had plans of her own.

When Phifer arrived home, her family sat her down and broke the news. With Gov. Chris Christie blocking southbound traffic below exit 98 of the parkway, guests would be unable to attend. The church would also be opening its doors as a community shelter on their planned wedding day.

The couple would have to get married today.

“Let’s do it!” she said. “I love him and we’re getting married anyway.”

All the months and intricate details that go into planning a wedding were put aside. The couple got ready in one hour and was married not long after.

What was originally planned to be a big wedding, turned out intimate with approximately 12 guests consisting of close family from Lacey and Florida.

“It was hard because most of our family and friends weren’t here. But it was perfect. It was all a blessing in disguise,” Phifer said.

Miche August 27, 2011 at 02:40 AM
They should name their next girl Irene
Amy Elliott August 27, 2011 at 02:46 AM
Congratulations!!!!
Silver dollar August 27, 2011 at 03:47 AM
Best wishes to a full and happy life together
Laceygrown August 27, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Aww, we will see you guys when you decide to celebrate with all of us there! Just know you were in our thoughts all day. Congrats xoxo
WhyohWhy August 27, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Awww... best wishes for a long happy life...THIS should make the APP instead of all the negative news thats in the paper !
Debbie August 27, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Many wishes for a long, happy healthy marriage!!
vanessa August 30, 2011 at 02:00 AM
Awe I agree with Miche name next baby Irene.. This is such a cute love story! Best of Luck .

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