Couple uses Oregon wildfire as a backdrop for wedding photo

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.

 

Miles Klee

IRL

Published Jun 10, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 4:07 am CDT

A wedding is always—for better or worse—a memorable occasion. But an Oregon couple that tied the knot this Saturday upped the ante with an awesome testament to their burning love.

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April Hartley was about to walk down the aisle to meet fiancé Michael Wolber for a ceremony at Rock Springs Ranch when firefighters arrived on the scene and told them the area would have to be evacuated due to a wildfire raging close by. The party did move to Drake Park, but the betrothed had time to say their vows in a speedy service, after which wedding photographer Josh Newton snapped some stunning shots, one of which has since blown up on Facebook.  

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Even officiant Liz Leavitt was impressed by by the infernal display. “I’ve had a lot of surprises, being in ministry,” she remarked. “But I have to say: I’ve never had this happen before.”

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The happy couple is now honeymooning in Cancun, which we sincerely hope isn’t due for an earthquake.

H/T The Oregonian | Photo by Josh Newton/Facebook

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*First Published: Jun 10, 2014, 1:44 pm CDT