Even Epic Charleston Flood Can't Call Off This Wedding

The stranded couple went on the news to find an officiant, photographer
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2015 6:43 AM CDT
Even Epic Charleston Flood Can't Call Off This Wedding
ABC News 4 films the couple's big day.   (Becci Houdek/Twitter)

(Newser) – After months of planning their destination wedding in Charleston, SC, Britney Mysinger and Jason Houdek of Kansas City ran straight into this weekend's 1,000-year-flood standing between them and exchanging their vows. The photographers, make-up artists, groomsmen, marriage license, and officiant were all outside the peninsula when police shut off access, but the bride, groom, and bridesmaids were downtown at the Double Tree Inn. So Mysinger and Houdek went on ABC News 4 with their desperate plea for an officiant to marry them—and city councilman Mike Seekings, who happened to be touring the area and see the broadcast, offered to help. "There couldn't be anything more exciting than being part of that," Seekings said.

Hannah Summer saw the coverage and tweeted an offer to photograph their big day free of charge. "It's kind of a once-in-a-lifetime experience," the photography student said. She also got her roommate to be the second photographer and a member of a local a capella group to DJ, and then the military stepped in and sent a Humvee to get the groomsmen, who were stranded on the Isle of Palms. The couple moved their outdoor wedding to a ballroom just in time to pull the whole thing off. Even the wedding attire, which the couple described as "dress to impress!" on The Knot, managed to mostly stick to the script, with a few rain boots. "With everyone just putting everything together we appreciate it so much, and it feels great to finally call this man my husband," says the new Mrs. Houdek. (Even a fire didn't stop this couple from tying the knot.)

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