True love can always weather the storm.
Last weekend, New Jersey couple Josh and Krista Sand tested this axiom quite literally when a windstorm nearly destroyed their June 30 wedding, NJ.com reports.
The "super derecho" storm, as it's called, struck Friday night, the evening before the wedding. According to NJ.com., the storm knocked out power to South Jersey and pelted the region with golf ball-sized hail.
But the bride and groom didn't let turbulent weather ruin their Big Day.
The next day, with the power still out and fallen trees everywhere, the Sands were determined to go through with the ceremony. Despite a few obstacles -- like the unity candle's wick breaking -- the two were married.
However, while the Sands made it through their "I do's," their weather woes weren't over yet. The bride's father, Jim McCormick, decided to call off the reception at the nearby Smithville Inn on account of no running water and "warm beer."
Mother Nature has come between couples on their Big Days before. Earlier this year, a Florida couple tied the knot during a tropical storm, and another set of newlyweds has the photo of a lifetime after a tornado formed in the distance during their May wedding.
Click through the slideshow below to see other weddings that weathered the weather.
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.