Wichita Comes Through To Save Galveston Couple's Wedding

By: Natasha Trelfa Email
By: Natasha Trelfa Email

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Patrick and Serina Mannen had planned to marry at St. Joseph's Church in Galveston, but when Hurricane Ike ripped through the area, they turned to Serina's Kansas roots and the Kansas Aviation Museum for a place to move the wedding to and they did it in just two weeks.

"It's been a wonderful day," explained Serina Mannen. "It's been a great place here at the museum and here we are, it's September 27th,"

The Mannen's home was destroyed by the hurricane. Two weeks to the day when Patrick and Serina were supposed to get married, their plans and lives were abruptly changed. Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston, taking their wedding site and their home with it.

"Galveston is very devastated at this point, and we had to decide what we were going to do with our wedding," said Serina.

Serina's parents, who are from Wellington, started trying to find an opening here in Kansas. That's when the Kansas Aviation Museum stepped in to help get this couple's wedding off the ground.

"So many people came together and so many people have been wonderful to us," said Serina.

"It was a real blessing to see how the communities pulled together, neighbors helping neighbors through this whole thing," said Paul House, who is the couple's minister.

With a few frantic last minute changes, no rehearsal and a few other speed bumps this couple said after what they've been through, the rest of this wedding went off without a hitch.

"We were joking in the beginning this wedding was going to happen hell or high water. Like I told her, she was crying and I said, you're going to have some great stories to tell," said Ken McEntire, who's the bride's father.

While these newlyweds say they have a long road ahead of them, for now they say it's time to celebrate and honeymoon.

During the ceremony, the couple did pause for a moment of silence, for all of those impacted by the hurricane.


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