Irene Can't Stop Couple's Wedding

Hurricane Irene thwarts a Pennsylvania couple's original plans, but gives them a wedding day to remember.

Brent Kosling had the perfect beach wedding planned. He and his bride Krystal Vallette would become man and wife at Marmora’s Tuckahoe Inn, close to Ocean City, where he spent his childhood summers.

Friends and family from all over would join them for the ceremony and celebrate a luau afterward.

Hurricane Irene had other plans.

With the storm approaching and mandatory evacuation orders in place, the Koslings’ planned Saturday wedding took a decidedly different turn.

On Thursday evening, confronting the reality that the storm would thwart their nuptials—and faced with a “devastated” fiancé and a marriage license that would soon expire—Brent made a command decision.

“He came to me and said, ‘I have a crazy idea—let’s get married right now. Let’s get dressed, get on the beach now and let’s go!’” Krystal says.

Doubts swirled through Krystal’s mind—what about the friends and family who weren’t there? What about her dress, which she didn’t want to ruin? Who would marry them?

Just as easily, answers came: Krystal would get married in a little black dress instead. Ceremony guests included family already in town, and even Boardwalk walkers Brent’s mom Donna Kosling and sister invited spur-of-the-moment. And the officiant, Marilyn Lockwood, would meet the couple at the 17th Street beach.

“We used to have a house on 17th Street, so it was perfect,” Brent says. “At first, it took awhile to sink in that our wedding wouldn’t happen like we planned. Then it sunk in—we’re doing this, we’re getting married.”

The couple—who met at ITT Tech in Bensalem, PA, where they shared the same classes for two years—said their “I dos” on the beach, surrounded by Kosling family members already in Ocean City. The group included Brent’s brother and his family, who drove up from Fort Bragg, NC, and arrived just in time.

In a way, the Ocean City setting was perfect, says Donna Kosling. Her family has vacationed in Ocean City for generations—her aunt has owned a home since the 1950s, and the Koslings had their 17th Street home until unemployment forced the family to downsize to a one-bedroom condo on 22nd Street.

And that’s exactly where the new couple spent their wedding night: in the condo, with five small children and eight adults.

“We were all crammed in there,” Donna chuckles.

Instead of their luau at Tuckahoe Inn, the newlyweds and family had a breakfast feast at Bob’s Grill before evacuating for their home in Blooming Glen, PA. The entire extended family will ride out Irene there.

Irene’s reach didn’t stop with the ceremony, though. Brent and Krystal had planned to stay in Ocean City for a honeymoon. With those plans on hold, Brent says the couple will think about a honeymoon later.

They already have plans to celebrate their marriage with a reception on Oct. 15 at the Tuckahoe Inn—presumably with Krystal in her original white wedding gown.

Although her day didn’t go as planned, Krystal quickly went from devastated to elated.

“This is something you never expect to happen,” she says, her voice giddy as she recounts her wedding day. “At the same time, it’s the most amazing feeling.”

Lynne August 28, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Congrats to the newlyweds! Glad the wedding turned out great and that they didn't let Irene ruin their day!
Erika Kosling Ledford August 28, 2011 at 02:54 AM
we are a strong family and we were having that wedding hell or high water. it was a magical moment that nobody will ever forget
Amamda August 28, 2011 at 03:10 AM
We are so happy for you! We look forward to meeting you October 15th for your celebration. Congratulations - ViewsByTheSea
Marilyn Lockwood August 28, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Sweet article! I'm the officiant that married them! Hi Krystal and Brent, I'm so happy I could make it happen for you. It was one of my most exciting weddings ever! Marilyn Lockwood http://www.withthiskissitheewed.com
celia milton August 28, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Marilyn, it would have been nice if they'd credited the officiant who made it happen.....congratulations!! Celia Milton www.NJVowsNow.com
Lauren Burgoon August 28, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Thanks for commenting Marilyn, I'm updating the story now. Talking to Krystal and Brent last night, they were very grateful you could make it in on short notice.
M Lockwood August 28, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Awesome. Thank you Lauren. :)
Donna August 28, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Hello, I am the grooms mother. Please accept our apologies if we missed thanking someone for making the wedding on the beach possible. We all pulled this together with everyones help in a matter of 1/2 hour while trying to keep 12 people settled in a small one bedroom condo (5 kids aging in range from 2 to 10 also). Marilyn Lockwood, the officiant, was awesome and helped facilitate the wedding on the beach, she had some great suggestions and it was very kind of her to drive over to Ocean City for this to happen. Matt at Tuckahoe Inn was very helpful in the decision making with suggestions of what to do..and when. Carol at The Aloha Hula show was so accommodating as well as the girls from Views by the Sea....all of these people were open to whatever we needed and we look forward to working with all of you again. I would highly suggest their services to anyone planning a wedding here at the jersey shore. Thanks for the understanding of the bakery and florist at the Shop Rite in Mamora...we appreciate everything very much. Thank you to the people out on the deck on the corner of 17th and boardwalk for the cups and champaigne....and the people walking down the boardwalk that went on the beach with us and, thank you to Lauren here on the patch for writing this great story.....continued.....
M Lockwood August 28, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Absolutely no offense taken, NO WORRIES! It was a lot of fun and I am so glad we could make it happen. It was a blast and I am very happy that I could be part of it! Keep in touch, I love hearing from my couples!
Lynne August 28, 2011 at 11:41 PM
That is great!! What a cute couple! If they can get through this, they can get through anything...here's wishing them many years of happiness together!
Charlie Vallette August 29, 2011 at 12:01 AM
hey krystal!! congrats to u and brent!! myself,em,chuck,joe & lily where down at lbi and would have loved an invite...goodluck and we love u!!! the vallette's


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