With all of the time and effort that go into wedding planning, having to reschedule the big day might sound like many engaged couples’ worst nightmare. But when Amber and Chris of Concord, N.C., had to postpone their wedding — thanks to Hurricane Florence — helping other people was the first thing on their minds.
Rescheduling vendors like catering services, music, and photographers can be a huge headache, not to mention contacting guests about the new date. And things get even trickier when it’s simply too late to cancel a time-sensitive order. But that doesn’t mean those things have to go to waste. When Amber and Chris couldn’t use their wedding flowers, the couple donated them to the Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute in Concord. WCNC reported that the couple didn’t wish to be identified with their full names.
Charlotte’s WSOC-TV reported that after finishing their treatments, each patient got to choose a floral arrangement from the flowers the couple had ordered. “Anytime anyone does anything nice for someone who’s going through cancer, it’s wonderful,” Atrium Health patient Patricia Riser told WSOC-TV. “And flowers, of course, are just great. And everybody, everybody loves flowers, and I love flowers, too.”
Donating their unused flowers was a simple way for Chris and Amber to show support for other members of their community. Thanks to the tropical storm, those flowers may well have ended up being thrown away, if it weren’t for the couple’s generosity. The couple’s rescheduled wedding will be held in October, WCNC reported, and it looks like they’ll now have even more people rooting for their happiness.
As for the storm’s effects, many Charlotte residents were without power. As of Sunday morning, Florence’s death toll stood at 14 people, according to the Associated Press. Florence has been downgraded and is now a tropical depression, but plenty of people are still dealing with the aftermath.
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