Snowstorm won't stop Raleigh couple's wedding

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Tiffany Lesnik's sister Heather already got married in the thick of Hurricane Matthew, so no amount of snow would stall nuptials this time around.

A winter storm threatening to bring significant snowfall and dangerous driving conditions to North Carolina, isn't stopping a Raleigh couple from tying the knot this weekend.

In fact, if Mother Nature wanted to stop a wedding, she picked the wrong bride.

Tiffany Lesnik's sister Heather already got married in the thick of Hurricane Matthew, so no amount of snow would stall nuptials this time around.



"My dad actually predicted it because the day my sister got married he said, 'Heather's getting married in Hurricane Matthew, you're going to have a blizzard on your wedding day,'" said Tiffany. "And here it is."

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My dad actually predicted it, Tiffany said. He said there would be a blizzard.



While blizzard-like conditions are not in the forecast, plenty of snowfall is expected to hit Raleigh on Saturday, the day Tiffany and her groom Richard Waugaman have been planning as their wedding day for two years.

The wedding date, 1-7-17, wasn't chosen at random. The couple met nearly seven years ago on the 7th of the month; Richard proposed on the 7th, and they were determined to get married on the 7th.

Even with that much riding on such a special date, the couple moved ahead with exchanging their vows in a small ceremony Friday the 6th, just in case the weather forces them to postpone their originally planned ceremony and reception.

"The biggest part of the day is not your wedding itself, it's just being able to marry the person you love," said Heather, whose October wedding in the midst of Hurricane Matthew will be remembered as involving lots of tarps and umbrellas, and everyone getting drenched in the rain.

Joe Eastmann, a wedding DJ, kept the party going through Heather's stormy wedding and he's ready to do it again for one more Lesnik sister.

"I traveled through the wind and rain and we made it happen," he said of Heather's wedding. "We did not lose power. Thank God, we did press forward."

Turns out, Tiffany and Rich are fans of winter weather. They even built the theme of their wedding around a winter wonderland, complete with snowflakes and ice.

While they never anticipated a real snow storm to strike on their big day, they're taking it in stride.

"Ours is going to be different than anybody else's," Tiffany said.

"It's a good story to share," Richard added with a smile.

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