What's a bride's worst nightmare when it comes to potential wedding-day disasters? Feuding families? A stain on her wedding dress? A rained-out outdoor ceremony? Luckily for most, having to completely cancel their big day because of a natural disaster is so unthinkable that it wouldn't even make the list. But it's reality for at least one bride whose nuptials have been postponed due to Hurricane Harvey, which took her belongings, her fiancé's home, and her Texas wedding day. But one thing Hurricane Harvey didn't steal from this bride-to-be? Her wedding dress! And it's all due to her firefighter fiancé, who saved the gown from the storm. Talk about a hero husband!
With just simple survival on the forefront of many Texans' minds in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, things like parties and celebrations have been pushed to the back burner. But that doesn't mean that a canceled wedding doesn't still sting. At least for Stephanie Hoekstra, her wedding dress will be dry and ready for when she and her fiancé, Kyle Parry, finally do say their I do's.
According to CNN, after Parry had spent days rescuing others from the storm, flood waters began to rise in his own home in Lumberton, Texas, last week. The firefighter tired to salvage what he could, taking care to try to save his fiancée's wedding dress from the flood. Before evacuating his home, Parry carefully stuffed Hoekstra's gown up into the top corner of a wardrobe, hoping it would be spared from the destruction.
A few days later, Parry returned to his home. "I got out of the boat and I am neck deep in water," he said. "I open the door of my house and I know it's a complete loss."
Back at her home in Ontario, Canada, Parry's fiancée surveyed the damage via a Facebook livestream. "All the stuff we had just bought for the wedding—the plates, the napkins, everything—was just floating around Kyle's house," said Hoekstra. "Of course it's only stuff, and stuff can be replaced, but it was hard to watch because we struggled this past year to get everything together to make it happen. It was all just gone."
Making his way to where he had stashed the beloved dress, Parry prepared Hoekstra for the worst. "I am sorry, babe," Parry told her. "I think the water is up to the roof. I think everything is gone. I think the dress is gone." But miraculously, thanks to Parry's quick thinking, his bride's dress was still wedding-ready. With the bridal gown right where Parry had left it—mere inches above the water—Parry safely loaded it into his boat, gaining this soon-to-be-hubby brownie points for life!
After losing so much, Parry and Hoekstra are being forced to push back their September 10 wedding date, but at least Hoekstra knows what she'll be wearing when the big day finally does roll around. "We love each other so much," said Hoekstra. "We'll get married another day. We'll be okay."