As people continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, soldiers from the Michigan National Guard prepare to travel south to provide relief. The natural disasters are impacting lives outside of the southern region. That includes wedding plans.
“Everyone wants to have their dream wedding and plan it all out and everything go smoothly. No one expects 10 days before you get married to have to cancel,” Elainnie Ingram said.
But Ingram is taking it like a soldier. That’s because she is. She’s serving in the National Guard. It’s a family tradition.The private first class’ fiance popped the big question, asking her hand in marriage, in April of last year.
From the dress, to the venue, to the invitations and of course, setting the date, Ingram said everything had just about come together. But being part of the Michigan National Guard, she said she’s always aware of the fact she could get called to duty at a moment’s notice. When Hurricane Harvey hit, she said that possibility became probable.
“Everyone wants to be a part of that. As a National Guard, you want to be a part of the helping [with] the hurricane or floods or disasters. That’s kind of what you signed up for. So when Hurricane Harvey hit, our unit got kind of jealous that we didn’t get to go down there. We weren’t the first pick,” Ingram explained.
But when Irma came on the radar, Ingram said it felt like only a matter of time. Just 10 days before her big day, she got notice she’d be deploying on her wedding weekend.