Reanne Remlinger of Pleasant Hill planned to take things easy in the week before her Saturday wedding to Josiah Ostrander in Sonoma County.
After all, everything was pretty much in place: the venue, the caterer, her dress and the calligraphed place cards and other DIY decorations she and Ostrander had carefully crafted over the months leading up to their big day.
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Then came the devastating text message at 4 a.m. Monday. Remlinger’s mother and stepfather, Lisa and Ted Harris, had to immediately evacuate their house in Santa Rosa. The quick-moving Tubbs fire was pushing smoke, crashing trees and sparking flames in their neighborhood near Coffey Park.
The Harrises managed to flee with just a few clothes, their two terriers and what only a mother of the bride would think to grab: Remlinger’s lace wedding dress.
A few hours later, the family learned that the Harris’ home had been left a pile of ash and rubble, along with all of the wedding decorations. Still, there was no question — the wedding in downtown Sebastopol would go on.
“I’m really hoping that it will be good to have all our friends and family here, that it will lift our spirits,” Remlinger said. She added that her mother also managed to flee with her floor-length mother of …read more
Source:: East Bay – National & World