Irene Can’t Wash Away True Love

Rain, rain, go away. Don’t come back on my wedding day. Over the weekend, Hurricane Irene ruined so many things: from Freshman move-in day at NYU to The Dave Matthews Band Caravan festival on Governors Island. And now you can add true love to that list. Irene’s tyrannical rampage soaked-out weddings, stranded guests and forced bridal parties to head for higher ground… However, there were a few happy hopefuls that chose to weather the elements and continue their nuptials. I mean, hey, the show must go on, right? Take a look at some of the most adorably devastating wedding accounts of six almost-newlyweds from across the East Coast.

Bride-to-be Rona Geller reluctantly called off her Long Island, NY nuptials which were supposed to happen on Sunday. “It was the hardest decision I ever made,” said Geller. Geller initially tried to ignore the depressing weather updates, because she didn’t want to be “one of those panicked brides.” But eventually, she and fiancé Michael Field realized they had no choice in the matter—they now plan to wed on Oct. 16. Ironically, Field is the nephew of meteorologist Frank Field, and cousin to TV weather-watchers Storm Field and Allison Field. Also, Field’s brother, Joe, married wife Robyn during Hurricane Bertha, a Category 3 churner that hit Long Island in 1996.

Wedding Guests in Vermont weren’t so lucky. At least a dozen wedding guests were airlifted by helicopter from a Vermont town of Pittsfield on Tuesday where they had been stranded since Tropical Storm Irene hit two days earlier, turning rivers into roiling flood waters that washed away the only road in town.

A Rockland, MA bride has learned that she doesn’t need electricity for her big day — her new husband is the light of her life. Tropical Storm Irene forced their wedding venue to shut down, but that didn’t stop them from tying the knot by candlelight at a local tavern. That’s right — the bar saved the wedding!

Erica Sternin Weiss should be honeymooning in Tahiti right now. But because of Hurricane Irene, her wedding and honeymoon were cancelled. “I was supposed to get married on Saturday in a waterfront park in New Rochelle, N.Y. at 6:30 p.m.,” Weiss said. “On Friday night, our venue called and explained that the county was forcing them to close and our wedding was canceled.” So what did the couple do? Erica and Brett Weiss were married at their rehearsal dinner Friday night, right after they found out that their wedding venue would be closed due to Hurricane Irene.

A New Hampshire couple refused to let tropical storm Irene ruin their wedding and found a new location when authorities forced them to move the reception. Bill Luquette and Kyla Brown said they decided not to postpone their wedding when they heard Irene was expected to reach New Hampshire Sunday but they were left scrambling for a venue when the Windham Fire Department told them the reception they were planning at Searles Castle in Windham would not be safe during the storm, the New Hampshire Union-Leader reported Tuesday. The couple said they found a new location, the basement of St. Peter Church in Auburn, and the disc jockey, Mr. Jonathan DJ, was able to organize a reception with catering services in only 3 hours.

Hurricanes and Melissa Cook just don’t get along. Last August, she and her boyfriend, Jason Archbell, got engaged on a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina; the celebratory week at the beach was cut short when Hurricane Earl prompted mandatory evacuations. This August, the happy couple from Philadelphia made a return trip to welcome 150 guests to their wedding, planned for Saturday at Jennette’s Pier, a brand-new reception area perched atop the Atlantic Ocean. On Wednesday night, they learned from The Weather Channel that their plans had been scuttled yet again, this time by a blustery bully named Irene. “I saw the words ‘mandatory evacuation,’ and I just burst into tears,” says Cook, 29 and a civil engineer. “My thinking was because it happened this time last year, there’s no way it could happen again.” But it did. “I haven’t found someone to marry us quite yet,” says Cook. “But come hell or high water, I have said I will go on my honeymoon as a married woman.” (The honeymoon, to Aruba, was selected “very intentionally” because it’s outside the typical hurricane track.)