Hurricane Florence forces couple to move wedding from Wilmington to Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) —
After months of planning for that perfect day, Hurricane Florence forces a couple to move their beach wedding from Wilmington to Asheville.
Bride-to-be Kristen Wilson holds hands with her fiance Michael Besancenez as they sit on the back porch of their Asheville Airbnb.
It's not the place the Chattanooga couple expected to be just days before saying I do.
"Sunday was very emotional thinking, 'oh, it might be months before we can get married now,'" said Wilson.
Engagement pictures taken by Trinity from Treebird Photography show the happy couple in one of their favorite places: Wilmington.
"We fell in love with Wilmington and we were really excited about a small little white chapel," said Besancenez.
That's where Kristen and Michael planned to get married this Saturday, but Hurricane Florence had different plans.
"On Sunday we decided to change plans and started looking for a back up," said Wilson.
It's a good thing they did.
Businesses in Wilmington are already boarded up days before Florence is expected to make landfall.
"We really just had to come to the conclusion that it just didn't look like it'd be safe for anybody to travel," said Besancenez.
With a lot of help from their friends and family, the couple re-routed everyone to Asheville for the weekend instead.
"[We] somehow found, through some miracles, the All Souls Cathedral," said Wilson.
The reception will be at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village.
"Our photographer and DJ, and then the videographer, and the florist all had to evacuate anyway because of the storm, so they were willing to come still be our vendors, so we're really excited about that too," Wilson added.
The couple planned to go to Charleston for their honeymoon, but will now be going to Florida instead.
As for the down payments on the chapel and venue in Wilmington, they thankfully had insurance on everything and are hoping to get back what they paid.