A bride-to-be is shocked her wedding dress survived Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in her fiance’s flooded home.
Stephanie Hoekstra of Ontario brought her wedding dress to her fiance’s house the last time she visited him. The couple was set to get married on September 10. Her fiance, Kyle Parry, 35, is a firefighter from Lumberton, Texas, ABC News reports. Hours before Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Texas coast, he hung his bride’s wedding dress up high in a closet to protect it from potential flood waters.
On August 31, Parry finally made it back inside the home to look for the dress.
“He just got off a 100-hour shift and got home. I said to him, ‘If you can, just try to save the dress,'” Hoekstra told ABC News. “He went into the house and walked past his stuff that was literally drowning, and hung up the dress. Then, he went back to knocking on doors and saving people.”
Parry shared a Facebook Live video as he walked through his home, which was still flooded with several feet of water. The dress hanging in the closet appeared to be the only thing that survived the flood.
“You see the dress and you’re thankful for it, but I’m just happy that Kyle is OK,” Hoekstra said. “It’s a silver lining, and obviously that means the wedding is supposed to happen.”
The couple decided to postpone their wedding in the wake of the hurricane.
“There’s a lot of work to do here, helping neighbors and helping our community,” Parry told CNN. “I need to find a place to live. I need to buy some clothes. All I have now is a pair of shorts, some underwear and my two fire department uniforms.”