Snow damage almost ruins couples wedding

By: Samantha Lavien
Twitter: @SLavienABC6

Damage from the recent snow almost destroyed a North Providence couples wedding. With less than two weeks to go before they tie the knot, heavy snow and ice collapsed portions of the ceiling at their venue which forced them to find another place.

Cristina Leal and Steven Bernard got a call on Tuesday from the Phenix Sportsmen’s Club in West Warwick telling them they’d have to find somewhere else to have their wedding because of the ceiling damage.

“I didn’t know what we were going to do or how we were going to get another place, I had no idea, I had no words,” said Leal.

After months of planning Leal and Bernard say they were devastated.

“From the colors, to the dress, to the style of the suit to the centerpieces,” said Leal.

The pair called over 100 venues trying to re-book, but with a tight budget and a a February 21st date they weren’t willing to change for sentimental reasons, it seemed hopeless.

“We’re talking about just days before this wedding is supposed to take place,” said Leal.

Fortunately their story got out there, and the Warwick Country Club came forward offering them a package they couldn’t turn down.

“Relieved is not the word,” said Bernard. “Words couldn’t explain when we were told we had no place to go but at this point words can’t explain how overwhelmed and thrilled we are that we have a place to go and we can have that celebration,” said Leal.

The couple says they are now focused on trying to get in touch with their guests to let them know about the change.

 (C) WLNE 2015