National Guard Couple Marries After Postponing Wedding for Hurricane Irma

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Zoe Bardon, Writer

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In September of 2017, Hurricane Irma arrived in the southern part of the United States. For many Floridians, life was put on hold to escape the brutal storm. For one couple, their wedding had to be postponed because they had a duty to their country.

Courtesy of David Sterphone/Florida National Guard

The couple, Lauren Durham and Michael Davis, are medical technicians for the Air National Guard. The couple originally planned to marry on September 16th, 2017, but as Hurricane Irma rolled into Florida, they knew that their beach wedding wasn’t going to occur as planned. The couple informed their guests that the wedding was postponed, but while talking with friends on the Sunday before the original wedding date, they decided to get married before the storm.  Later that day, the couple tied the knot with several close friends and fellow guardsmen as witnesses.

Courtesy of Amanda Moss

Just hours later, the couple began working to save people who had been affected by Hurricane Irma. The couple did not know that their story would make national news. PeopleU. S. NewsFox News, and other media outlets reported on the couple back in September 2017.

The couple told multiple media outlets that they had to inform their out-of-town guests that the beach wedding was postponed. Luckily for the Shortridge Echo, one of our very own teachers, Señora Thomson, and her husband were the out-of-town guests mentioned.

Señora Thomson later informed the Echo that the couple decided to hold a wedding for all of the guests who missed the impromptu ceremony. The couple married for the second time on November 18th, 2017.

A screenshot of a video courtesy of ABC Action News of the Davis’ at the State of the State Address.

Lauren and Micheal were later invited to attend the State of the State Address for Florida. On January 9th, 2018, Governor Rick Scott of Florida recognized the couple and referred to them as heroes in his address. Governor Scott said, “Lauren and Micheal chose to put service before self, a trait we should all strive to have.” He then thanked the couple.

This couple is still very young, and 2017 has been their first chapter of their new lives together. Just looking at the pictures, you can see the love that the two have for each other and for their country. Lauren and Micheal, at the Shortridge Echo, we thank you for your service and wish you luck in the next chapters of your life together.

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