Hurricane Harvey Completely Derailed This Texas Couple's Wedding Plans, But They Tied The Knot Anyway

"My husband and I completely lost every plan we made over the last 6 months surrounding our upcoming wedding."

This Texas couple's wedding was scheduled to commence the day after Hurricane Harvey swept the state, but they didn't let the natural disaster keep them from their nuptials. Although Shelley and Chris Holland's wedding plans were completely derailed because of the hurricane, they were able to re-plan their ceremony with a little help from their community. 

Shelley shared her gratefulness in a Facebook post to Ellen DeGeneres which has since gone viral with over 20,000 shares and more than 400,000 reactions. 

"My husband and I completely lost every plan we made over the last 6 months surrounding our upcoming wedding on September 2nd due to Hurricane Harvey," she wrote. "This included our wedding cake, the venue, the chapel, the catering, and so many other small details." 

She was, of course, disappointed by this, but acknowledged it paled in comparison to the hurricane's devastation over Texas. Many people have lost their homes and businesses, including the pastor who was set to officiate the wedding at the Church on the Rock in Katy, Texas. 



"His home was completely destroyed, his church was flooded with several feet of water. And yet Pastor Jorge Cardenas and the wedding coordinator Evelin at Church on the Rock Katy Texas, found us a new Chapel so that we could continue with our wedding ceremony," Shelley wrote. "They were a tremendous blessing and even came to check on us on the day of the wedding."

Instead of moving their wedding to a later date, Cardenas helped ensure they'd still be able to tie the knot on the day they'd been looking forward to. 

"WOW! We are so grateful to these sweet people," Shelley wrote. "Such a testimony of God's faithfulness! Harvey, we WON!" 

The couple re-planned their ceremony in just 24 hours and even took wedding photos outside, with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in the background. Husband and wife Jim and Andi Davis, who work at Twos Company Photography, took the photos. 

In a post on the company's Facebook page, Jim described what it was like to capture the Holland's wedding

"The past two weeks have been one of the most trying times for us as a family, and we have strived hard to continue working. However, the past two days have been overwhelming for us,. Then ... we got to cover this day of the newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Holland. They have had to change venues, decorations, just about everything you can imagine, all in a days notice. They were a great reminder today of who cares what life throws at us, the important thing is to love one another, and these two did exactly that," he wrote on the day of the wedding. "Braving the floods in the Houston and greater Houston area, these two were determined NOT to let ANYTHING keep them from being married TODAY!!! Thanks to my awesome wife Andi, for getting in the water today to get this shot, what an awesome day we had here in the Houston/Katy area." 

This story is a beautiful example of what happens when people come together in the face of misfortunate. The Hollands are incredibly thankful for the help they received so that their wedding could go on as scheduled and are asking for financial help to in an effort to rebuild their pastor's church. 

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