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Irene an uninvited guest at Raleigh couple's beach wedding

Posted August 25, 2011
Updated August 26, 2011

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— Months of planning for a weekend wedding in Wilmington almost went out the window for a Raleigh couple, thanks to an unplanned guest.

"Irene is an uninvited guest," Amanda Bron said Thursday of the approaching hurricane. "That's what I sent out in my email this week to my bridesmaids."

Although the center of the Category 3 storm is expected to slide past the Cape Fear region and make landfall closer to North Carolina's Outer Banks, Wilmington still is expected to be buffeted by fierce winds and be drenched by up to a foot of rain on Saturday.

"We're going to have a hurricane wedding," Bron said.

She wasn't in such a good mood earlier in the week, when the threat of the storm looked like it would cancel the nuptials.

"First thing I did was call my maid of honor. She said, 'Stay calm. Everything will be OK,'" Bron said.

She and her groom, Henry Boyd, decided to move the wedding up to Friday, and everyone from the caterer to the band stepped up to make it happen.

Irene wedding Raleigh couple moves up wedding to avoid Irene

They rehearsed by themselves with a minister and said they hope their families and friends can still make the main event.

"We expected about 260 (people), but probably about 120 will show up," Boyd said. "We're very thankful that everyone who can make it can make it."

Most guests will arrive just under the wire before Irene's outer bands starts pounding the North Carolina coast, so the couple plans on making the Friday night reception a hurricane party.

"It is a big deal, but I went from thinking on Monday that I wouldn't be getting married possibly to Tuesday figuring out we could do it on Friday," Bron said. "At the end of the day, we'll be married, and that's all we can ask for."

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  • jeffcousler Aug 26, 2011

    A Thyme Savor Catering will be there with bells on to rock the Hurricane Party!! Wonder if it will be a true candelight Dinner??

  • TeenDAD Aug 26, 2011

    PFFFF Leave it to Amanda Lamb to report a story about it raining on a wedding day. For god sakes this is front page news?

  • a change of heart Aug 26, 2011

    Here's wishing them the best. I'll tell the couple what our friends told my husband and me when our Labor Day outdoor wedding got crammed into a hotel conference room, thanks to Hurricane Dennis doing a U-turn and coming *back* through the Triangle -- it's good luck to have it rain on your wedding day. And ultimately, if you're married to your sweetie at the end of the day, surrounded by loved ones, that's what counts, right?

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 26, 2011

    Sure it's hurricane season, but it's been awhile since they have hit with any regularity.

    They have a great attitude! Berst wishes on your wedding and especially your marriage.

  • vance203 Aug 26, 2011

    Congrats and good luck, BUT this shouldn't come as a surprise. Everybody knows that mid-August to mid-September is prime hurricane season on the east coast.

  • tiggerbeth Aug 26, 2011

    Compromise - a great way to start a healthy marriage! Congrats!

  • dwntwnboy Aug 25, 2011

    Rain on your wedding day is SUPPOSED to be good luck. I kinda believe it. My sister got married- it rained, they are still together. One of my best friends has been married twice- both times BEAUTIFUL weather- both ended in divorce. Good luck and best wishes to the happy couple.

  • adw2 Aug 25, 2011

    I hope all goes well!!!

  • maryd411 Aug 25, 2011

    What a wonderful reminder, as you begin your marriage, that we can all make plans but must roll with the unexpected with good humor. Best wishes for a beautiful day.

  • Hope09 Aug 25, 2011

    Congrats to you both! Huge let down for the moment you've dreamed of your whole life...(more so for the bride)
    I hope you have a wonderful wedding and everyone gets out of dodge as soon as it's over!

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