In between doing his duty as a firefighter in the midst of Hurricane Harvey’s damage to the Houston area, Kyle Parry had something else on his mind: his upcoming wedding. Parry and his fiancée, Stephanie Hoekstra, were due to be married just a couple of weeks after Harvey hit ground. In the early stages of the storm Parry was plenty busy helping to evacuate people from their flooded homes and was thankful that his own home was not suffering the fate of so many others in the area of Lumberton, Texas, where he lives and serves.
It wasn’t until Parry heard that his neighborhood was increasingly threatened with flooding that he began to worry about their wedding plans and supplies, including the dress that Hoekstra had spent so much time shopping for. Thursday of last week was the point that Parry was finally able to check in on his home — the town was “swallowed by water” at that point, as the Dallas Morning News described it.
The couple had been storing their wedding supplies, including boxes upon boxes of linens, decorations, and more, and all had been damaged by the floodwaters, not to mention everything else he owns. After surveying the damage and even posting a video of it on Facebook Live, Parry finally decided to look in on the fate of his fiancée’s dress. He had promised Hoekstra in the months leading up to their wedding that he wouldn’t peek at the dress, but this time he had to look. “I’m sorry Steph, but I have to look,” he can be heard saying in the video.
Miraculously, the dress was unharmed, though it was hanging just a few inches away from potential ruin. “The only thing left was the dress,” Parry told his fellow firefighters back at his station.
Upon hearing about the dress, Hoekstra — who actually lives in Ontario, Canada — told the Dallas newspaper, “It was a sign that, of all this turmoil, that was the one thing that was supposed to make it.”
The couple were offered the chance to have their wedding in the fire station, but they decided to postpone the date instead. They have yet to set the date, but we’re sure both of them feel like it’s meant to be, no matter when it happens.
— Natty (@nataliekegs) August 31, 2017
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