Community helps venue get wedding ready after August storm



Posted on August 16, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 16 at 5:50 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.— A wedding venue near Rockford hosted a bride, groom, and guests Saturday, less than a week after a destructive summer storm ripped the roof off of the barn. 

The owner of “A Touch of Country” said it only took two days to repair the damage and restore the space because so many people were willing to help.

“People from Rockford pulled in at around 9:30 in the morning and just started cleaning up,” said owner Patti Lashaw.

Lashaw said nearly a dozen family members, friends and neighbors showed up on Wednesday, the day after the storm ripped the roof off of the barn.  The storm left a couple tons of debris that had be hauled off of the property Lashaw said.

“It’s a blessing,” Lashaw said. “You know, to have it all done.”

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The damage was personal for Lashaw, who said the farm has been in her family for more than 150 years.  But she was mostly worried about the brides who had chosen the venue to host their weddings in the upcoming months. Lashaw said she wanted their weddings to be special.

“You just want it to be special,” she said. “Every wedding should be special.”

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Thanks to the community’s help, Lashaw did not need to cancel any of the eight weddings that were scheduled through the rest of the summer.  The groom who got married there Sunday said the venue was just as beautiful as when he first saw it.