Hurricanes, virus can’t stop Louisiana couple’s wedding

GRAND LAKE, LOUISIANA (AP) — Most couples might have wondered whether the forces of nature were against them after moving their wedding three times because of the pandemic and two hurricanes that hit almost the exact same spot within weeks of one another.

But Emily Kitfield and Taylor Pascale were even more determined than ever to tie the knot.

And in a small ceremony on December 5 surrounded by close friends and family, Emily finally got to wear her lace-covered wedding dress and marry Taylor.

“What better time than now, I guess? I mean, we finally reached the end of hurricane season. So it’s not like another storm could get in the way of it,” Emily said.

Taylor, 22, and Emily, 23, were originally going to get married in October. The young couple has been together for nearly four years and have an adorable one-year-old son, Kayson, who toddled around the wedding ceremony getting into mischief.

Emily and Taylor Pascale exchange their wedding vows. PHOTO: AP

But Taylor said that there might be another coronavirus-related lockdown caused them to move the ceremony to August 28. Then Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm, slammed ashore just miles from Taylor’s parents’ home where the couple lives. Instead of getting married, the family evacuated to Texas.

They rescheduled the ceremony for the October week that turned out to be when Hurricane Delta hit the Louisiana coast just a few miles from where Laura had made landfall.

Then they considered February — on the anniversary of when they first met — but with coronavirus cases climbing again, they decided not to delay any further and pulled together a ceremony in a matter of days. In the end, they invited a small circle of about 20 family and friends to gather at the Pascale home as they tied the knot between two oak trees on the family’s property.

“They wanted to get married this year … no matter what. And we were just like, ‘Okay, we’re supporting you. We’re doing this,'” said Taylor’s mom, Julie.

The ceremony was a bright spot in what has been a tough year. An intimate ceremony at home felt right, Emily said.

“It felt more natural for it being here. I mean, we met here. It feels like home here,” Emily said. “Honestly, we couldn’t have picked a better way or place to do what we did.”