You can make all the arrangements for the perfect outdoor wedding, but there’s one aspect you’ll never be able to control, and that’s Mother Nature.
Dulce Gonzalez wanted a beachfront ceremony in Pascagoula, Mississippi for her big day. On June 30, 2018, the day she was set to marry her soon-to-be-husband, Ariel, there was a very slight chance of rain. It was so small that Dulce and her friends went ahead and set everything up on the beach.
But, then the slight chance of rain became a certainty, and it started to pour.
“We were watching them set up what the wedding was going to look like, but we were also watching what was coming from the north,” Shannon Strunk told WLOX.
Shannon and his wife Cynthia lived across the street from the wedding venue, watched the sky open up, and ruining the ceremony.
“I was in the car with my mom and dad about to have a panic attack and break down crying, thinking, ‘Oh, my God. What are we going to do?'” Dulce told Yahoo Lifestyle.
That’s when Cynthia got an idea. Why not invite the entire wedding party into her home?
She took an umbrella, though she ditched it shortly after she walked outside because of a lightning strike, and approached the bride-to-be.
“I walked over, and by that time I was soaking wet. No umbrella. I was wet,” Cynthia said. “They let down the window and I told them, and at that time the bride’s mom got teary-eyed.”
Cynthia told Dulce to give her a few minutes, and then she and her guests could come into their home across the street.
Ten minutes later, Cynthia, her husband, and a neighbor had transformed the Strunk’s living room into a wedding venue.
“It honestly looked like we had planned it there,” Dulce said. “God definitely wanted us to get married. Thank you for sending us these two little angels to save our big day and make it even more special,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle she remembered thinking.
“We didn’t think we were doing anything grand,” Cynthia said. “We were just helping some people out on the beach that needed help … They needed help.”
In total about 50 strangers attended the quickly assembled wedding ceremony inside the Strunk’s home, and many of them spoke very little English—Dulce is from the Dominican Republic, and Ariel is from Puerto Rico.
“Usually here in Mississippi, I’m not going to say everybody, but there is a lot of racism—white people racist against the Hispanics or black people,” Dulce said. “Not all of them. I have come across a lot of them who are nice and open-minded, but there are many who aren’t. So I didn’t expect it at all, at all, at all.”
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests were able to attend their reception as planned.
“We will never ever forget that day. That was an extreme blessing and made our big day even more special.”