Two senior airmen with the Air National Guard deployed to help out with Hurricane Irma efforts were supposed to get married later in September — so with the storm on Orlando’s doorstep, they raced to tie the knot early on Sunday.
Lauren Durham, 24, and her fiance, 26-year-old Michael Davis, both wore fatigues for the ceremony.
The bride and groom, who had planned a beach wedding, said they were deployed indefinitely and told their out-of-town guests that they’d likely miss their own nuptials.
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They were eating breakfast with some friends Sunday morning, and one asked the couple why didn’t they get married in the middle of the storm.
“It started out as a joke, and it just kind of unfolded,” Davis said. “And it turned out to be really great.”
The wedding was officiated by the couple’s best friend in the Guard, who is a notary.
Durham and Davis never thought about trying to beg off duty for their big day.
“Service before self,” Davis said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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