Even though there is no oil on Southwest Florida's beaches, the disaster in the Gulf has hurt the beach wedding industry.Fortunately, fear didn't stop one bride from having the wedding of her dreams. As soon as Rachele McLeod got engaged, she knew where she would have the wedding. "He took me onto the beach and he proposed. And we knew right then and there that this was where we were going to get married," she said.
Then oil began spilling in the Gulf of Mexico."It's a tragedy. I can't even fathom the amount of damage and disaster it's going to cause," said groom Roland Lytle. "When the oil spill happened, we thought maybe we'd have to find a different place," McLeod said. "And then it wouldn't have been our dream wedding."
The couple didn't let the spill mess up their plans, and on their big day, instead of oil, they got a storm.Luckily, it cleared up just in time for their sunset wedding on a Charlotte County beach. "This is where it was supposed to be," McLeod said. Local wedding vendors say call volume has dropped significantly and fewer brides are planning weddings in Southwest Florida.
That's why the couple wanted to share their story. "There's no oil. I haven't seen any oil. The water is beautiful and the beaches are still beautiful," Lytle said. "This is definitely everything I wanted it to be. It's simple. It's beautiful. It's natural. You can't beat this. It's just absolute paradise," said McLeod.
The newlyweds say they wouldn't let anything, oil or rain, get in the way of their dream wedding.