COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- A young couple is not letting the Carlton Complex fire ruin their wedding plans.
The couple was set to be married Saturday at the bride’s 125-year-old family farm near Malott, Washington but late Thursday night they were forced to evacuate.
“It’s kind of a family tradition to get married there. My sister got married there. There’s been 13 family weddings at the homestead,” said bride-to-be, Liz Marsden.
Chris Vignale and Marsden spent more than a year and a half planning their wedding. In the frenzy of the enormous wildfire, they had to pack up their wedding and leave.
“The sky just turned red as blood. And things just rolled out from there,” said Marsden.
Marsden’s father is a volunteer firefighter and stayed behind to fight the flames. The family’s home is still stand. They believe much of their land burned.
The couple is not letting the wildfire hold them back. Vignale and Marsden will be married Saturday in Coeur d’Alene, Vignale’s hometown.
The couple said they are still devastated by what is happening in Okanogan County. They said they would not let a wildfire trump their love for one another.
“This is the one nice thing we can take from this event. It’s sad what’s happening over there. And we just still want to have our day,” said Vignale.
They still plan on going on their honeymoon along the Oregon coast.