Getting married on the Fairmont Banff Springs is a dream come true for a lot of {couples}. However few must endure a nightmare to achieve the “Citadel within the Rockies.”

Mark Hartwell along with his bride-to-be Sarah Koopersmith when he moved from Alberta to Houston, Tex. Two years later, the couple was planning their wedding in Banff. However simply days earlier than their massive day, Hurricane Harvey put their plans on maintain.

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“Everyone informed us the storm was coming however Saturday it wasn’t that dangerous,” Hartwell recalled.

“So lots of people in Houston have been saying, ‘Harvey is a bust. Climate man is unsuitable and nothing to fret about.’”

However issues acquired a lot worse and the house that Hartwell and Koopersmith bought in March was flooded.

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“We needed to abandon the home. We needed to go away. We needed to beg somebody to allow us to in,” Hartwell stated.

Mark and Sarah salvaged what they might, together with Sarah’s wedding costume. They put their belongings in massive plastic bins and set off searching for assist.

“Water was wherever from hip to chest-deep, relying on the place we have been. Dragging our Rubbermaids behind us,” Koopersmith stated.

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“The costume was in a carry-on and we put it in a rubbish bag and we put it in one other rubbish bag and it was form of like we have been occurring a canoe journey,” Hartwell stated.

After they reached streets that weren’t below water, they relied on the kindness of mates to rescue them.

“Each time you are asking for somebody to choose you up, it is harmful. You have been placing them in danger to return and enable you out,” Hartwell stated.

“When my pal Matt’s truck got here across the nook, it was like I received the Stanley Cup! I put my arms up, I stated, ‘We’re saved!’”

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However their Canadian wedding was nonetheless in query. Their flight out of Houston, like so many others, was cancelled. That meant a 400-kilometer drive to the Dallas airport for the couple and their company.

“They’re canceling all these flights and we have been considering, ‘Now we have to get to Dallas. Dallas is our solely approach to get to Calgary,’” Hartwell stated.

Because of family and friends driving to Dallas and the artistic use of Rubbermaid bins, the wedding was salvaged.

In in finish, the massive day in Banff went from washed out to fantastic. And with a couple of additional recollections, the couple have been married on Sunday afternoon.

“It is simply superb. Each single one who made it right here from Houston did not make their initially scheduled journey plans,” Koopersmith stated.

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Banff ‘dream wedding’ welcomes couple escaping Houston floods


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