"Trashing the dress" usually happens after the bride has walked down the aisle, not before.
But Anne Finney's dream wedding gown -- a handmade lace frock that her grandmother first wore in 1942 -- was trashed years before her Big Day by Hurricane Katrina.
According to the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Finney's grandmother, Isabel Barback, had the dress in a closet when the storm hit in 2005. Flood water filled their Louisiana home to the ceiling, completely covering the dress.
The dress survived, but not without a few battle scars. Barback took the dress -- which was handmade by her mother -- to a cleaner who suggested she wash it.
"I don’t think he wanted to touch it,” Barback, 89, told The Times-Picayune.
So Barback washed the dress "until it was white again" and Finney was able to wear the once-ruined gown when she got married this August like she'd always wanted to.
“I just kept imagining [my grandmother] wearing the dress and my great-grandmother trying to fit it on right,” Finney told the Times-Picayune . “Just having her there and seeing what she remembered -- that meant the world to me.”
Weddings themselves -- and not just the gowns -- have survived some wild weather lately. One Filipino couple tied the knot amidst a flood this month, and earlier this summer, another couple had to cancel their reception after a storm knocked out power in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of The Times-Picayune
Click through the slideshow below to see more weather-torn weddings.
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.