Louisiana Couples Make Wedding Plans In Tyler

A Louisiana couple will not let Hurricane Katrina keep them from walking down the aisle. They plan to exchange their wedding vows in Tyler this weekend. Volunteers at the First Christian Church helped plan the wedding in eight days, and East Texas companies were more than happy to donate their goods and services.

Last Thursday, Angellette Casanova, 41, and her fiance, Duvery Polk, 42, fled their New Orleans home. "You have no idea what it was like to look up at the ceiling of your home and see the sky. That was really scary for me," said the bride-to-be. Casanova and Polk wound up in Tyler seeking shelter at the First Christian Church.

After spending the last ten years together, Polk proposed at the shelter Saturday. "We've overcome the storm. We can overcome everything together. So, it's time to get married," Polk said of his decision to ask for her hand.

Casanova said she's happy to have had Polk by her side during such a difficult time. "That man put me on his back and got me to the foot of that bridge. We lived on starbust and whatever bags of chips we could find for two days," she says. "Thank God for the man I had by my side."

The couple is thankful for the generosity of East Texans. Everything for their wedding day has been donated by local businesses: her wedding dress, the cake, the rings, limo service, no detail was left out.

The pair will also be sharing the aisle with another Louisiana couple. The joint ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. at the First Christian Church.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com