Hurricane Florence crushes dream destination wedding

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bride-to-be Katelyn French of Panama City is just like any woman with huge wedding dreams.

After Katelyn was already planning her destination wedding for nine months, Hurricane Florence suddenly threw a wrench in her plans.

"On Tuesday, which was just four days before my scheduled wedding, I had to cancel everything so I was so devastated because I had been planning it for nine months," she explained.

It's often said rain is good luck, but a hurricane?

"Unfortunately with having to cancel my North Carolina wedding, I had vendors that were not willing to refund," Katelyn explained.

Katelyn immediately started calling for help locally, and she said she received more help than she could have ever imagined.

"It was like I had been holding onto all of the control for so long that for somebody to say, 'Let me handle everything,' it was just like a huge relief because I was just like at that point throwing in the towel and surrendering things," she said.

There was a silver lining though.

"As devastated as I was, the most amazing things started to happen. It was just so meant to be," Katelyn said. "I had strangers reaching out to me."

Katelyn and her fiancé Matt Parsons will still tie the knot Saturday but in Chipley. Thanks to our community, the impossible is turning into the possible.

"Even though I thought that was my dream wedding in North Carolina in the mountains, it doesn't even compare to what I've even experienced here just in two days," she said emotionally. "An amazing lady named Kelly Henderson actually called me. I had never met her before. She had me go to a storage unit and she gave me almost all of the things I needed for my wedding."

As with anything in life, Katelyn said life lessons came out of all this.

"You're just not in control of things," she explained. "Sometimes you get wrapped up in perfection and you kinda want to take on tasks yourself. The biggest reminders of this is, just it's like God was like, 'No, I've got other plans.'"