A dream wedding amid a raging storm

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jersey City, NJ – Filipino couple Ernest Guitierrez and Janice Angeles were all set to fulfill their dream wedding onboard a hot air balloon at the Festival of Ballooning in Readington, New Jersey over the weekend. Mayor Steve Fulop who was to officiate the ceremony said he too was ready to conquer his fear of heights to see two constituents read their vows to each other thousands of feet up in the air.

“It’s a fun way, it’s a memorable way. I know that I’ll obviously remember it for the rest of my life regardless of how many weddings I officiated in my career,” Fulop said.

But an hour before the ceremony began, a record-shattering downpour had the bride and groom on edge.

The storm unleashed more than 3 inches of rain in southern New Jersey in just an hour.

It’s the same weather system that dumped more than seven inches of rain that flooded streets and delayed flights around Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.

All 120 balloon flights were cancelled including the couple’s wedding balloon at the annual festival but that didn’t stop them from tying the knot.

“It’s already a dream come true for me to be married to the person I love, who I know is my soul-mate,” bride Janice said, “the theme today was to go up, up in the air in the balloon. We didn’t go up but we’re here with the family and friends and that’s what’s most important.”

The dream wedding didn’t come true but bride and groom were told: they can take their love to new heights with or without a hot air balloon.

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