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Matthew blows Georgia wedding into Raleigh

Posted October 6, 2016 7:02 p.m. EDT

— A couple from South Florida spent more than a year preparing for a wedding in Savannah, Ga., but Hurricane Matthew crashed those plans, sending the couple and all their friends and relatives to Raleigh.

After Ryan McCrea proposed at the top of a waterfall in the North Carolina mountains, Elizabeth Serio knew that she wanted to be married in Savannah, where she had spent summers with her grandmother amid the oak trees and Spanish moss.

"The storm came, and all those details went away," McCrea said Thursday of plans for their Oct. 7 wedding on Georgia's coast.

By Tuesday, they knew there would be no wedding in Savannah. So, McCrea, who is from Raleigh, called his parents.

"They made some calls around," he said, "and things just fell together."

The wedding will now be at the North Carolina State University Club.

"It's not ideal, but it's certainly tested our character, I think, above all," Serio said.

"(Before,) everything was so structured, where the groomsmen needed this time, the photographer comes at this time, girls are getting their hair done. It's just so strict," McCrea said. "Now, it's like go with the flow."

"With what we have and the hand we were dealt, I'm happy with it, honestly," Serio said. "It really is, at the end of the day, about getting married to the love of my life."

The couple packed their car and headed north from Boca Raton, Fla., stopping in Savannah to pick up all the food and flowers they could at the wedding venue. Everything was non-refundable, storm or no storm.

McCrea also recruited a buddy to be the reception DJ.

"He already has a playlist. He's got Spotify," he said.

Serio said that, while it's not the wedding of her dreams, it might be even better.

"It's actually perfect," she said.