An Oregon couple nearly had to put their wedding on hold when a Bend wildfire interrupted their ceremony.A wildfire that disrupted an Oregon couple’s wedding also gave them the photograph of a lifetime.
April Wolber and her husband Michael were getting ready for the biggest day of their lives.
The wildfire struck near the ceremony site, and just before the wedding, the bride was informed that the ranch would have to be evacuated. But when the father of the bride told the guests that they would have to relocate with tears in his eyes, the firefighters must have had a change of heart and eventually allowed the ceremony to continue, as long as they made it quick.
The minister conducted an abbreviated ceremony. Everyone cheered and began to evacuate to downtown Bend’s Drake Park for the reception.
As guests headed for the cars, wedding photographer Josh Newton took some photos of the couple with the wildfire raging in the background.
“It’s terrible to be evacuated from your own wedding,” said Lisa Clark, a fire information officer with the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. “But it’s a story for the rest of their lives and nothing that could be duplicated.”
The wedding venue was on the edge of the wind-pushed fire, and deputies and fire trucks were driving through the area telling people to evacuate as a precaution.
“I don’t think the firefighters would have allowed the extra few minutes if it had been that critical,” Clark said.
After they both said “I do,” Michael, April, and their friends and family rushed off to their backup location safely.
The smoke of the fire can be seen in the background of the wedding ceremony, changing the serene scene into a seemingly catastrophic one.
The first photo that was published by the photographer was actually taken with an Iphone. As of now it has more than 93,000 likes on Facebook.
After its publication, this picture was given a cheesy but fitting title: Burning Love.