Pascagoula couple opens home to rained-out wedding party

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Do you believe in the superstition that rain on your wedding day means good luck? One coast couple is counting on it, and they have a few new friends to thank.

"We were watching them set up what the wedding was going to look like, but we were also watching what was coming from the north," said Shannon Strunk.

Shannon and his wife Cynthia's home is directly across the street from what was about to be a rained out wedding Saturday afternoon. Cynthia couldn't let that happen.

"It started raining, and so she walked out there with an umbrella and dropped it real quick after a lightning strike," Shannon laughed.

"I walked over, and by that time I was soaking wet. No umbrella. I was wet. They let down the window and I told them, and at that time the bride's mom got teary-eyed," Cynthia said.

Cynthia opened her home to strangers on the biggest day of their lives. Their neighbor even stepped in.

"He saw Cindy go out there, and he saw them start to come up. So, he started grabbing all the umbrellas in their house, and as the guests got out of their cars he had umbrellas. I mean he was sopping wet. He was holding the umbrella over their head," said Shannon.

Cynthia said they offered a spare room to the bride, so she could gather herself before the ceremony.

"We asked her to come into this room because it was nice and cool. It was the only room where the groom couldn't see her."

"And then she walked out this door and her father was waiting on her," Cynthia added showing off the room. "And then they walked down the hall."

She placed the chairs in a way to create a center aisle. Cynthia said despite most of the wedding party speaking only Spanish, she knew what to do.

"We didn't think we were doing anything grand. We were just helping some people out on the beach that needed help…They needed help," she said.

There were about 50 strangers in the Strunk's home for the wedding. Shannon said they've never done anything like this but would do it again.

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