Nova Scotia couple marries as fire razes resort
Published Monday, November 14, 2011 8:48AM EST Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 6:34AM EDT
They say that if it rains on your wedding day, it's a sign of good luck. So what does it mean when your wedding venue goes up in flames on your big day?
For one Nova Scotia couple, the fire that destroyed the resort where they planned to wed just made the day even more unforgettable.
Nancy Rogers says she was putting on her wedding dress Saturday afternoon in one of the small cabins at the popular White Point resort near Liverpool, N.S., when she learned that a fire was racing through the main building where the reception was to be held.
The 32-year-old and her family were quickly whisked out, while 60 firefighters moved in to try to save the main building, which housed hotel rooms, a restaurant, conference rooms and the swimming pool.
Meanwhile, her fiancé, Michael, was just getting the news.
"One of my aunts came into my parents' cottage to say, ‘Have you heard? The place is on fire'," Michael told CTV Atlantic on Sunday.
The mostly-wooden main building was completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters spent more than six hours fighting the fire, but the 83-year-old structure was completely destroyed.
After realizing that the dream wedding they had been planning for months was not going to happen as planned, Nancy Rogers says she and Michael decided that they wanted to go ahead and tie the knot anyway.
"We still wanted to get married. If we had to get married on the side of the road, we were getting married on the side of the road. We were getting married. That was all there was to it," she says.
Staff at the resort moved the couple and their 45 guests to another building, and the ceremony went ahead.
Afterward, the couple even posed for some wedding pictures with the burning resort in the background.
Nancy says this was the second marriage for both of them and after finding love together, they were very determined to tie the knot.
"We appreciate life. We appreciate the gifts that are given to us," she says.
Even though the fire ruined her fairy-tale day, Nancy wonders whether it might be a sign there is still a happily ever after to come.
"Our last weddings were picture-perfect; nothing went wrong. But the marriages didn't work out," she says. "Rocky wedding, fantastic marriage is the way we see it."
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire, but suspect it started in a basement.
The resort opened in 1928 as a private hunting and fishing lodge. There were plans to begin major renovations in January, says general manager Danny Morton.
He notes that with many employees now without work, the whole community around the resort will be affected by this fire. But he is confident the hotel will be able to rebuild.
With a report from CTV Atlantic's Alyse Hand