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Hurricane Odile: Newlyweds return to Whitehorse after storm

09/20/2014 11:21 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:02 EDT
A Whitehorse couple is coming home today after getting married in Cabos San Lucas, Mexico, during Hurricane Odile.

More than a dozen of the couple's friends and family members headed to the vacation destination this month, hoping for a scuba-diving wedding. 

What they didn't expect was a hurricane that forced the couple to move the wedding inside just as the storm started pounding the coast line. 

"We had a 360-degree view over the ocean and glass windows," said bride Breanna Taylor. "We could see palm trees bending in half and part of the terrace was ripping off."

It wasn't the wedding they had planned, but it was certainly memorable.

Taylor says in some ways, the storm was fitting

"We met online and fell in love immediately and moved in right away and within a year I was already pregnant with our first child so everything moved really, really quick."

At the reception, the power cut in and out as Taylor and her new husband, Matthew, had their first dance.

"I actually was oblivious to the hurricane," she said. "I was living in the moment and I was so happy and in love that I forgot that there was a hurricane going on."

But guests like Caley Osborne noticed — especially when celebrations were cut short and the wedding party had to move to safety.

"Things just falling off the roofs, beams and everything was just going everywhere," Osborne said.

The bride and groom are expected to land back home in Whitehorse on Saturday. 

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