Couple forced to cancel wedding after mudslide destroys home—then one stranger proposes a crazy plan

"I know the amount of emotion going into it"
January 24, 2018 12:02 pm Last Updated: January 24, 2018 12:02 pm

Macy Weiser met Julio Penuela in the California-based Bacara Resort & Spa, when both of them worked in separate parts of the establishment. The two always hesitated to show their interest in one another, and it would take Weiser getting a different job for them to grow closer through texts and social media.

Eventually, they ended up working together again at a new place, where they finally made plans to go out together.

Years later, they were engaged to be married.

(Facebook / Macy Weiser)

The lovebirds were due to wed on January 20, 2018.

They had all the details planned for their big day. Over 150 people were invited, and everything was put in place so that this could be the wedding that they had always dreamed of, followed by a honeymoon they had waited so long for.

They even had a website dedicated to the big day.

But then, tragedy struck.

Only days before the wedding, a mudslide hit the couple’s home area of Montecito, California.

The duo awoke at 3 a.m. that morning to evacuate their area. They ended up being safe, but their neighborhood didn’t get off so well.

The damage of the area from the mudslide forced the couple to cancel their wedding.

This event was one they had put their life savings into. They wanted to make this the best day of their lives, and out of nowhere, they had to cancel it.

For one to put so much effort into their own wedding just to have to cancel it is heartbreaking enough. And there wasn’t much they could do about it.

But someone else did.

A wedding planner, Tanya Paye, happened to see through social media what had taken place with this wedding. Given she knows exactly how to plan weddings, she decided to take this into her own hands.

Paye offered to organize another wedding within 72 hours; it had to be before the couple’s scheduled honeymoon to Asia.

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“I know the amount of emotion going into it,” Paye told KTLA 5 regarding weddings. With the limited time given to her, she did her best to create a new wedding, but still capture everything that the previously-planned wedding would’ve had.

Everything came together to give the couple the “perfect wedding” feel; multiple vendors donated towards this wedding as well. A DJ, photographer, florist, and a harpist were among the many services that were brought in on such short notice.

And on January 19, Weiser and Penuela got married in front of their family and friends, courtesy of Paye’s help.

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Amidst the horrible situation Weiser and Penuela were put in, they got to live out their long-awaited day with the help of Paye and other vendors.

A YouCaring account was set up on behalf of the pair; it already has almost $2,000. And Weiser used the post to thank everyone who helped the two in their time of need.

“Because when I was down and sad and couldn’t go on and had to cancel the wedding of my dreams because it was just too much for me, Santa Barbara was there for me,” she said.

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Weiser and Penuela are now on their honeymoon in Asia, and will have a chance to enjoy themselves before figuring out what to do back home.

What could’ve been a horrible time for the newlyweds was relieved by not just their family and friends, but by a complete stranger as well. And with minimal time, the couple was able to still have their perfect wedding.