A Storm Almost Canceled This Beach Wedding, Then A Stranger Knocked On The Bride's Car Door

July 14, 2018

Cynthia Strunk and her husband Shannon had been watching wedding preparations from their beachfront home in Pascagoula, Mississippi all morning.

But when heavy rains along with thunder and lightning arrived, wedding guests had no choice but to sit in their vehicles and hope for the best.

Cynthia knew she had to do something.

So she walked up to the bride's car, umbrella-less and soaking wet, knocked on the window and invited her to have the wedding in her home.

couple invites wedding guests into home when it rains on beach
Credit: Cynthia Littlepage Baber-Strunk

"Saturday afternoon it was our pleasure to host an impromptu wedding at our home" Cynthia wrote on Facebook.

"A beach front wedding had been planned and all was set up and ready, but the weather just did not cooperate. We saw all the guests in their cars waiting (and hoping) for the rain to stop. Shannon and I decided to invite them to have the wedding in our home."

couple invites wedding guests into home when it rains on beach
Credit: Cynthia Littlepage Baber-Strunk

"It was a wonderful experience," she continued. "The wedding party was so gracious and appreciative, and we were thankful that we could offer our home.

I can say that it was the fastest wedding we have ever set up (ten minutes). It was the cheapest. And it was the quickest to clean up. We highly recommend impromptu weddings."

couple invites wedding guests into home when it rains on beach
Credit: Cynthia Littlepage Baber-Strunk

Cynthia asked for just 10 minutes to get the house ready. With a large extended family, the Strunks always keep dozens of extra chairs stashed away for get-togethers and reunions.

The Strunks then helped escort the 50 guests waiting in their cars into their beautiful home.

couple invites wedding guests into home when it rains on beach
Credit: Cynthia Littlepage Baber-Strunk

"They had everything set as if we actually planned it," bride Dulce Gonzalez told The Washington Post. "It was perfect. I told my husband that [the Strunks] were little angels that God sent us."

couple invites wedding guests into home when it rains on beach
Credit: Cynthia Littlepage Baber-Strunk

After the ceremony, the families embraced, exchanged contact information and wished each other well.

"I did tell them that when they have their first baby that I fully expect them to bring the baby to the house and tell them where it all began," Cynthia said.

couple invites wedding guests into home when it rains on beach
Credit: Cynthia Littlepage Baber-Strunk

Gonzalez said she's planning on it.

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