California wine country is burning in the wedding photo of the couple
Brides should always expect the unexpected on their wedding day.
For a couple from Chicago who married during the Kincade Fire in California's wine country, that got a new meaning.
Curtis and Katie Ferland traveled from Windy City to celebrate their dream wedding in Sonoma County on Saturday, the Mercury News said. When they landed, they were confronted with the massive fire that devastated the northern end of the county.
The couple continued their wedding as planned at the Chateau St. Jean Winery in Kenwood, about 30 miles south of the place where the fire started, but not without a few hiccups, the newspaper reported.
Getty Fire: Blaze was lit after a branch had fallen on a power line Kincade, Getty and Tick fires are some of the many forest fires raging in California. They have led to mass evacuations and power outages.
The air was heavy with smoke, and the sky was as red as the flames that continued to burn. It was not the first time, however, that the couple's photographer photographed weddings in forest fires.
"It was the third year in a row that I got married and smoked in the wine country," said Karna Roa of KMR Photography Local Station KNTV.
A particular photo was viralized, showing the couple hand in hand with masks over their mouths to protect them from the smoke as the fire raged in the background.
"Is this the & # 39; new normality & # 39; for the Californian wine country in 2019? "Roa wondered in an interview with the Mercury News pictures.
Curtis told KNTV that his wife had to be persuaded to take the picture with the masks because she feared that it was "sticky".
"We just wanted to have our dream wedding," Katie said. "And we did it, it's crazy."
& # 39; Diablo & # 39; Wind Raises the Forest Fires in Northern California
The Kincade Fire has burned down 76,000 acres, destroying 19 buildings and forcing 200,000 from Wednesday to leave their homes.
Forest fires are nothing new in the wine country. More than 40 people died and 5,000 houses were destroyed in 2017 during fires that hit Napa and Sonoma. More than two dozen wineries were damaged by the flames, although most of them had recovered and were back in operation within a few months.
: John Bacon, USA TODAY. Follow Adrianna Rodriguez on Twitter: @AdriannaUSAT.
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