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Flooding forces Fargo wedding party to improvise

1/4 FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Not even a record flood can stop love.

Nathan and Brittany Aakre had First Assembly of God Church lined up nine months ago for their wedding Saturday, with 530 people on the invitation list.

Then the Red River rose toward a record flood crest and the church was turned into a sandbag-making center.

So Nathan, 25, and Brittany, 22, worked the phones and found a local hotel that could accommodate them.


The bride’s father, a minister who had surgery last week, married them as planned Saturday morning in the hotel’s conference room. Seventy guests made it for the ceremony.

"The last nine months have been the longest nine months of my life and the last seven days have felt like that last nine months," Aakre said.

The newlyweds didn’t stick around to fill sandbags. They were heading for their honeymoon in Michigan and Chicago.

"It’s been a very hectic week," said the groom’s mother, Cheryl Aakre. "We got them married and life goes on."

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