White wedding day-Memories of the October storm 10 years later


NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB)- Two feet of snow is usually nothing for Western New York, but the October storm of 2006 was different. Heavy wet snow wreaked havoc on the city closing down many businesses–that includes the wedding business.

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, but how about 2 feet of snow? One couple whose idea of a glamorous fall wedding had their plans turned upside down.

Adam Raymond told News 4,”It kind of got a little hectic for a little bit.”

Adam and Melissa of North Tonawanda had their wedding ceremony early on Friday October 13th. A day known for taboos and misfortunes, this one proved to be no different.

Melissa told us, “Friday morning, I was at my parents, and we woke up to a big crash, and they’re back awning collapsed.”

It was an unexpected wake up call. The heavy snow from overnight was too much for the awning to handle. This was just the start of what would be a chaotic wedding day.

She said, “We called everyone. We called the Hearthstone Manor, the priest. To make sure that we were still on. We couldn’t get ahold of anybody at first.”

The changing weather was would certainly make an impact on their day.

Raymond shared, “My mom went and knocked on the priest’s door to make sure we were still getting married. We were ready we were just waiting for the priest.”

After about 5 hours of waiting and getting ready in less than ideal conditions, including the bride blow drying her hair, in her car. The couple was ready. There was just one problem…the church didn’t have power.

To make up for that, the church lit candles. She said, “It was a candlelight ceremony. It was very dark and very cold.”

With a guest list of 250, only 50 people showed, but the Raymond’s were thrilled anyone was able to brave the storm. But the trouble continued. After the ceremony they found out that the reception hall cancelled. With limited options, they made a nontraditional choice.

Adam told News 4,”We had power, nobody around us had power, but we had power at the flat that we lived in. So that’s where, the reception wound up going and taking place.”

70 people crammed inside the downtown flat and they made do with what they had.

Melissa says the day went as smoothly as it could have with the problems Mother Nature provided. She said, “We were very loved, everybody came out and helped us and pulled together, even that day, there wasn’t a lot of stress because we have such nice families that really helped us out. We got lucky.”

The weather may have stopped their day from going forward like they had planned but it didn’t stop the fun or the positivity.

Adam and Melissa said, “It was definitely an unforgettable day. I think if you can make it through that, you can make it through anything.”

The Raymond’s have weathered any storm that has come their way. They now have twins, and are excited about celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary, without snow, as a family.

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