The planes at Jacksonville International Airport may have been grounded, but love was still in the air when Hurricane Michael hit earlier this month. While most of us could imagine nothing worse than a hurricane bombarding their special day, one betrothed couple was willing to stop at nothing to ensure their wedding took place on that exact day, even if that meant getting married in the airport.
Lori and Jim Beary had long planned to marry on October 10th, the same day that Michael made landfall. For many couples, this would've meant that thousands of dollars and months of planning had literally been blown away. Fortunately for Lori and Jim, they were not the sort of couple to plan an expensive, over-the-top wedding and had simply intended to get married at the Leon County Courthouse. Unfortunately, the courthouse had been closed because of the storm.
Determined not to change the date, which Jim describes as the tenth day of the tenth month of the tenth year that he fell in love with Lori, the two got in touch with Selecia Young-Jones, a local wedding officiant. Young-Jones agreed to help the couple, who at that point was due to set off on their honeymoon in a matter of hours.
Given Jacksonville’s notorious reputation for last-minute, hurricane-proof wedding venues, the couple was not exactly spoilt for choice. With limited space and time running out, Jim, Lori, and Selecia decided there would be no better place to hold the ceremony than in the airport itself, in a public setting, surrounded by a number of their closest strangers.
Speaking to News 4 Jax after the ceremony, Young-Jones said “I knew that they’d be flying out and I thought: well, it’s a great atrium and a beautiful place and a public place," while Jim said “I knew that one day we would be here. Not at the airport mind you, but that we would be married.”
When the planes were back in the air after the ceremony, the newlyweds set off on a 10 day trip to Italy, after which they returned home and hosted a ceremony for friends and family.