New Berlin couple cancels wedding in Florida with Hurricane Irma approaching

NOW: New Berlin couple cancels wedding in Florida with Hurricane Irma approaching

Update: September 11, 2017

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Thanks to some quick response from the community, Aimee Tatge and Jake Prusinski were able to get married on Saturday. 

They were planning to get married in Florida, however Mother Nature had other plans. Their wedding in Florida was called off due to the impending threat of Hurricane Irma. However, that didn't stop friends and family from making sure the wedding still happened. Businesses like Sendiks, the Iron Horse Hotel, and a photographer, Kristina Lorraine, offered to chip in.

The Prusinskis were married on South Shore Beach on Saturday.


NEW BERLIN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Aimee Tatge and Jake Prusinski have been planning their destination wedding for more than year.

The venue, photographer and resort were all picked out. The couple planned on flying down on Thursday to St. Petersburg, Florida to have an intimate wedding with their family and friends.

But things quickly changed with Hurricane Irma came into the picture.

“It’s been stressful to say the least. I mean it was a billion things all at once, especially with it being destination and all the different contacts we had and family members wondering,” said Tatge.

On Monday, they started getting cancellation calls from the venue and other businesses in Florida.

“The Trade Winds Resort has been amazing. They have been understanding and great. No questions asked,” said Tatge.

But not all of the businesses were as helpful. The couple is still being charged by florist, photographer and officiant.

Tatge decide to call the wedding off in Florida.               

“In the grand scheme of things, we are more worried about the people down there. We are fortunate that we have amazing people in our lives and all these places have helped us in a day in a half plan a wedding,” said Tatge.

Jake, their friends and family are working to make sure the wedding still goes on this weekend.

Businesses like Sendiks, The Iron Horse Hotel and a photographer, Kristina Lorraine, offered to help.  Sendiks helped arrange flowers, Ironhorse provided a room for the dinner and the photographer gave the couple a discount.

“Even the county clerk at Waukesha rushing our marriage license this morning so we can have it in time,” said Prusinski.

The only thing they have left to check off their list is to find a location. The couple is hoping to get married somewhere on the lakefront.

“We are still getting married. Happily Irma after,” said Tatge.

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