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Wedding Disasters: 6 Natural Disasters That Ruined Nuptials

First Posted: 11/07/11 02:19 AM ET   Updated: 11/07/11 11:33 AM ET

Last month, one Arizona couple's wedding day made headlines when an incoming dust storm threatened to end their ceremony.

But that isn't the first time Mother Nature has crashed a wedding. From tornados to earthquakes, plenty of catastrophes have threatened couples' big days -- wrecking ceremonies, reception tents, photo sessions and more. And wouldn't you know, many have also been caught on film.

Click through the slideshow below to see six natural disasters that caused major wedding day distress.

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  • Tornado Destroys Wedding Reception

    These newlyweds were completely unprepared for the tornado that completely ruined their outdoor wedding reception in Crown Point, Indiana. The storm shows no mercy for the poor bride and groom, destroying their wedding tent, cars, and just about everything else in its path. Horrifying.

  • Hailstorm Hits Wedding

    This hailstorm struck one couple's big day, forcing event organizers to scramble for cover underneath the colorfully decorated tent. The video is dated August 9, 2008.

  • Storm Rattles Reception

    Groomsmen, bridesmaids and a handful of family brace themselves against the windy storm that hit this couple's wedding reception. Despite their efforts to hold down the collapsing tent (and everything in it), many end up drenched by the non-stop torrent of rain.

  • Hurricane Strands Wedding Guests

    In <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/27/hurricane-irene-photos_n_939227.html" target="_hplink">August 2011</a>, Hurricane Irene stranded <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/30/vermont-flooding-wedding-helicopter_n_942756.html" target="_hplink">Marc Leibowitz and his bride Janina</a> in Pittsfield, Vermont -- with about 60 wedding guests. As many as a dozen guests had to be airlifted by helicopter to safety, after the flood waters washed away the only road leading out of town. How's <em>that</em> for a wedding to remember?

  • Earthquake Shakes Wedding Photos

    Couples posing for their wedding day photo-session were interrupted by a terrifying<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-566755/Pictured-The-moment-Chinese-earthquake-wrecked-church--middle-couples-wedding.html" target="_hplink"> 7.9 magnitude</a> earthquake, which hit the Sichuan province on <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/23/from-china-disaster-caught-in-a-wedding-lens/" target="_hplink">May 12, 2008.</a> Amazingly, no one was hurt -- but the <a href="a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-566755/Pictured-The-moment-Chinese-earthquake-wrecked-church--middle-couples-wedding.html" target="_hplink"" target="_hplink">century-old French missionary church </a>they had been standing against was in ruins.

  • Dust Storm Disrupts Wedding

    On September 10, a dust storm swept through <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/25/dust-storm-arizona-wedding_n_1031558.html" target="_hplink">Gus and Jennifer Luna's outdoor wedding ceremony</a>. Despite the disruption, the bride and groom exchanged their vows (in front of one very determined officiator), and loyal guests braved the storm in honor of the couple.


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