Reception rises out of the ashes
Sep 2, 2013 / 7:48 am
When the bridal party of Shane and Amanda Nevdoff arrived at the Westbank Community Centre Sunday morning to make last-minute preparations for a reception later that day, the first thing they noticed was the smoke.
Then they saw firefighters, and police and finally, their reception venue in flames.
“They called me and said they had some bad news,” said bride to be Amanda, who was getting ready for her special day at 8:45 a.m. when the fire at the Westbank hall was at its peak.
“I was completely devastated. My first thought was ‘what are we going to do?’.”
Fortunately for her and the guests, she had hired the right wedding planner and lived in the right community.
"I received a text message from my bride, Amanda, at about 9:10 a.m., Sunday, Sept 1.," says wedding planner and photographer Heather Bridge.
"It simply read....'The reception hall is on fire.'
Upon sending my son to the computer to see what Castanet had to say, he said, and I quote, 'Uh mom, you need to come down here and look at this.'"
The Borrowed & Blue Boutique owner then contacted several local businesses and each of them made donations to help the young couple put together a last-minute reception that left the bride and groom speechless.
- Superstore donated meat and cheese trays
- Save-On Foods donated beautiful gerber daisies for the centrepieces
- Buck or Two supplied a basket full of goodies, to which the store owner paid for, out of his own pocket
Bridge also wanted to thank the firefighters.
"Westbank fire dept, well they answered to my somewhat absurd seeming request. It meant the world to the bride if her wine goblets, her cake serving set, and cake topper could be salvaged. Well....they came through."
For food, Bridge contacted the Peachland Ambassadors Society.
"Linda fielded my frantic phone call. We need food for 50 people. What can you pull off? Within less than an hour, Linda, Wendy, and a great bunch of our future leaders (teenagers), they wrangled together their best! And along with some ladies from Emmanuel church (for which I have yet to learn their identities), our bride and groom had a full buffet meal to serve their guests! As well as lending us some cutlery."
"On decor, I reached out to Christina at Impressions Weddings. Along with her parents, they came, they decorated, and they blew us all away! Tablecloths, chair covers and sashes, centrepieces and a backdrop behind the head table, it was truly breath taking," says Bridge.
“We heard about it at 10:30,” said Rick West, one of the three Impressions employees who donated his Sunday to help out.
“By 11:30 we were decorating.“
As for the couple, they are relieved, exhausted and thankful they live in a community that cares so much.
“It took our breath away that the community came together for us like that,” said Amanda.
“I’m just amazed by that.”
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