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Couple who has wedding plans washed away by Ike gets honeymoon donation

It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, but when Hurricane Ike hit Galveston, their wedding plans literally washed away.

And that was not the only difficulty this east Texas couple had to endure.

KLTV 7's Courtney Lane brings us their incredible story that has a happy ending after all thanks to generous east Texans.

When Ike wiped out Galveston, he also destroyed the day Lori Wilson had been dreaming of.

"I got pretty upset that weekend trying to figure out what we were going to do and everybody was wanting to get us to postpone it."

As if that wasn't bad enough, Lori's fiancee Chris was in an accident.

He, along with the best man and another groomsman, rolled over in this truck.

But Lori says God was watching over them.

"The insurance adjuster told us that 90% of flipped vehicles end in fatalities. So he was like, it's a miracle that y'all are all ok," said Lori.

Now scrambling to plan a wedding here at home, but a honeymoon was out of the question.

They're still out all that money, so in stepped Travel Masters.

"When I got the email about Lori's situation it just touched my heart," said Sharon Kay Howell, the president of Travel Masters.

"She called me and she was like, Travel Masters is going to give you a honeymoon and I almost passed out I was so excited," said Lori.

Travel consultants got together to see who could find the best deal.

"I had all kinds of destinations being yelled out in the hallways. I got Boston, I found San Diego, I found Tampa. It was really a neat thing to see our team embrace," said Sharon.  

But the winning destination was Clearwater Beach, Florida, which Travel Masters is donating.

"They're staying 5 nights, they're going to have an ocean front room," said Sharon.

To Lori, that's a big upgrade.

"White beaches! We don't have to fight seaweed," said Lori.

"It's been our joy to be involved just in a small way in the story and the wedding and we wish them well and hope that they really start off their married life on a great foot and a great note," said Sharon.

So thanks to this outpouring of generosity, it looks like they will get their happy ending after all.

"A lot of people would be like oh you know Hurricane Ike messed up everything, but in a way it just allowed other people to help us and show God's love," said Lori.

The hotel in Clearwater Beach has upgraded their accommodations.

Chris and Lori are now getting the king suite, and their room will be decorated in their wedding colors.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

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