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Hurricane Michael’s landfall along the Florida Panhandle forced a Tallahassee couple to improvise by getting married inside Jacksonville International Airport last week.
According to WCTV, Jim and Lorri Beary were originally planned to tie the knot at a Leon County courthouse on October 10. However, the building was closed due to the threat of Michael.
Rather than postpone the wedding, the couple reached out to Selecia Young-Jones, who agreed to officiate at the airport so the couple could wed on the significant date and travel to Europe for their honeymoon as husband and wife.
“The 10th day of the 10th year of the 10th month decided that I had fallen in love with her, and I knew that one day we would be here,” Jim Beary told WCTV. “Not at the airport, mind you, but I knew that we would be married.”
The brief ceremony took place in a public space in front of total strangers.
“I knew that they’d be flying out and I thought, ‘Well, it’s a great atrium and a beautiful place and a public place,” Young-Jones told News 4 Jax. “This is indeed the most unique one I’ve done so far.”
Love was “in the air” this morning at JAX! Lori and Jim Beary didn’t let Hurricane Michael get in the way of saying “I do.” When the storm altered their original plans, they got married in the terminal. Shortly thereafter, they left for their Honeymoon. #hurricanemichaelpic.twitter.com/jqsgFnPf70
The couple said the unusual ceremony was fitting given that their mutual love of adventure is what brought them together in the first place.
The newlyweds will enjoy a 10-day honeymoon in Italy before returning home to celebrate their reception with family and friends.
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