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.