Wedding Album Wednesday - Hurricane Sandy Challenges Couples
As Hurricane Sandy blew into New Jersey, it took with it this tree, which lifted the sidewalk and bus stop off the ground. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
As the East Coast braces for yet another storm today, I'm reflecting on the one that just hit, Hurricane Sandy. Living in New Jersey, I faced the storm head on in my home and surrounded by my family. Barring a barbecue that is hanging off the terrace and shingles that fell off the roof, my home and family are safe and sound. The damage in the photo above is very close to my home, and seeing this kind of destruction all around me got me thinking about the weddings that were set to take place the weekend after the hurricane hit.
In fact, I know of at least one person who attended a wedding right after the storm. Although the tone was more subdued than most weddings, it shone like a bright light for those who had lost everything, or at least that is what I imagine. After all, the guests were still able to get a warm meal in a heated space that managed to have electricity with darkness all around them. And they could celebrate love amid hard times.
The newlyweds who wed despite the storm and other couples in the area are now confronted with various struggles - from finding shelter if they lost property to uniting to help their neighbors. While weddings are beautiful and can be a nice distraction when something horrible like this hurricane strikes, it is marriage (not the paper stating you are married but the state of mind) that will help families rebuild and survive in the face of adversity.