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Wedding to go ahead despite venue burning
Local organizations are making sure one Ottawa couple set to say "I do" this weekend still get their dream wedding, despite a fire destroying their original venue.
Michelle Chartrand and her fiancé Trevor Davis were to be married at the West Carleton Meeting Centre this weekend.
They are one of many couples scrambling to make alternate plans after a fire Saturday destroyed much of the building.
"I freaked out, I had a good hour of packing and crying and we just went right into crisis mode," admits the bride-to-be.
Her fiancé Trevor Davis said despite the fire, changing the date was not an option.
Most venues were already booked, but thanks to generous offers from local organizations and the help of the Majic 100 morning show, the wedding will happen after all.
The big day will now be held at Stonefield Heritage Home near Carleton Place. They have taken care of all the arrangements to make sure the couple can walk down the aisle on the same day.
"It's a sad story…[we're] excited to be able to pull things off for them," said Stephanie Brown.
Scrumptious Creative Catering is also stepping in.
"My number one goal here was to bring peace to the couple," said Jeff Robinson.
"This is a devastating time for them. I don't want to see anyone go through a situation like this."
Chartrand says she is overwhelmed by the community's support.
"I was just reduced to tears that the outpouring of generosity so we could have a really great wedding," she said.
"This has gone above and beyond any dream I had for what we would have for a wedding."
"They really made us feel like ‘you know what guys? We're going to take care of everything, don't worry about calling all of the other people, all of the services that need to be changed we are going to take care of it so you don't worry'," says Trevor.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Vanessa Lee