BLACK FOREST, Colo. -- The Black Forest fire taking a toll on one of the biggest milestones of several couples' lives.
Brides who are ready to say, ‘I do,’ have been told they can’t.
Several popular wedding venues have been evacuated because of the danger—and that’s leaving brides-to-be scrambling to salvage their big day.
“I did not want to tell Lauren. My stomach was sunk in already,”says Jesus Martinez of Colorado Springs.
The 22-year-old dreaded telling his wife, Lauren, 21, the wedding it took her a year to plan in Black Forest wasn’t going to happen.
“We got married three years ago through the courts. And we finally just decided to have our wedding,” says Lauren.
They planned it at the Black Forest Community Club. And it was in the path of a deadly wildfire that forced its evacuation.
“It’s very hard. You are dealing with people’s life-long dreams and even though you have no control, you have to be the bearer of bad news,” says Jeff Ader, who schedules weddings at the popular, rustic venue.
He broke the bad news to three couples this weekend, including the Martinez’s.
Other venues, including the Pinery, had to relocate two of its weddings this weekend.
The Lodge at Castle Pines refunded the costs of one wedding.
So Lauren and Jesus rushed to reconstruct their big day.
“We were getting a lot of ‘We’re booked. We’ve been booked.’ They tried to help us as much as they could. It’s cool people you don’t know care about you,” he says.
“We took two days to search for a new venue and church (The Carter Payne). So, it’s been crazy,” says Lauren.
The wildfire is an example of the fires they’ll face in the future of their marriage.
“There people literally have to pick up their lives. We just moved our wedding and we did that. It worked out,” says Jesus.
“It’s also a microcosm of what life is. You get a lot of things you don’t really want. But you choose how to deal with them,” says Ader.
“It’ll be a good story for sure. Hopefully, we’ll laugh about it later,” says Lauren.
Each of the wedding venues mentioned appear spared by the flames.
And they are each cautiously optimistic the weddings planned for next weekend will go on as scheduled.