Hurricane Matthew Can’t Dampen Wedding Plans


(WTNH) — It wasn’t your average road trip.  Friends and family of an East Haven couple were heading into Hurricane Matthew with a special delivery.  They decided to drive when their flights were canceled.

“This is all of the groomsmen tuxes, a couple of the bridesmaids dresses, some wedding guests as well,” said Breanna Iannucci of East Haven.  “We have to get there.  We have stuff for the reception, stuff for the ceremony.  There was really no option.  We have to get there.”

The car full of wedding guests were headed to Orlando, Florida for the destination wedding of East Haven couple – Peter Gennette and Briana Koscinski.  They’re set to say I Do on Saturday at a Disney hotel, but Hurricane Matthew is causing problems.

“They have everyone in lock down right now,” said Don Gennette, the groom’s brother and best man.  “They can’t leave.”

They’re counting on Matthew blowing out of town, so the festivities can begin.

“The bride’s not doing that bad,” said Gennette.  “She’s pretty good. She said however many people get down there, it won’t matter. She’s going to have fun no matter who gets down there.”

They’re not the only ones who faced Hurricane sized challenges.

When Alvin James proposed to Madeline Nieves here in Connecticut back in April, they too planned a destination wedding in Myrtle Beach

“He turned me around and then my friends had a sign will you marry me?” said Madeline Nieves of Manchester.  “I was so surprised.”

Forecasts for Hurricane Matthew prompted a call from her wedding planner that also took Nieves by surprise.  She was told it’s cancelled four days before the wedding.

“That’s when I called my maid of honor and I actually started crying,” said Nieves.  “I said, Oh my God I don’t know what to do.  They’re cancelling this wedding.”

This afternoon Madeline was getting ready for her big day thanks to Anthony’s Ocean View.

“The first thing that I thought of was Oh my God what can we do?” said Jason Abert of Anthony’s Ocean View.  “How can we turn this girl’s nightmare into the day of her dreams?”

With just 3 days time, the East Haven Restaurant is ready for Madeline and Alvin to tie the knot.

“It’s happening here so it’s even better,” said Nieves.

It’s still a beach front wedding, they just traded stormy skies for CT’s sunny ones.

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