LIFE

Female Soldier Plans Dream Wedding, But Irma Forces Her To Cancel 10 Days Before Ceremony

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left a trail of destruction in the south of the United States, causing people to put their lives on hold for the moment. Any plans for the future have turned into afterthoughts: what’s most important now is keeping the loss of life minimal and rebuilding with just the essentials.

But it’s not just the victims’ lives that are disrupted. Soldiers who have been deployed to help the struggling citizens must also leave behind loved ones to answer the call of duty.

Elainnie Ingram is one of those soldiers. As part of the National Guard, she found out that she was getting deployed to help out after Irma.

But the deployment came at a very bad time: when she was given the news, she was 10 days away from her wedding day.

The soldier and her fiancé had been planning this year for well over a year since they got engaged in April of last year. She had everything ready: the venue, the flower arrangements, and her dress — but was forced to cancel everything.

But Elainnie knows that this is how the cookie crumbles, so to speak. She says, “I didn’t even think about asking sergeant if I didn’t have to go or how I could get out of it. It was just natural for me just to think of what do I need to do on my end to be a part of this.”

The couple is currently weighing their options: they can marry in a chapel, in a court, or just plan an entirely new wedding!

Please SHARE to thank Elainnie and all soldiers for their service during this difficult time!

Footage provided by WXMI Grand Rapids

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