Maybe it wasn’t the best timing, but after three missed previous attempts to wed with family and friends attending, the Herrmanns were determined to say “I Do.”
“This was the fourth time we scheduled, the first two had personnel scheduling problems, and then the third was tropical storm Cindy; now, Hurricane Harvey,” bride Karon Herrmann said.
Karon and Jay Herrmann were supposed to exchange vows Sunday before friends and family at the Silsbee Community Center.
Sadly, Hurricane Harvey arrived days earlier affecting everyone invited, Herrmann said: “My sister and brother-in-law in Beaumont lost their home. And, with road closures, no (family) was able to be there.”
The couple discussed the situation saying every time the situation arose to marry, and delays came up – it got worse the next time.
“We decided to go ahead, and put the ceremony on Facebook, so everybody could see it time and again,” Herrmann said. “We were afraid that, if we were to schedule again, something even worse was going to happen.”
Technically, the Herrmann’s married in December after the last attempt when got they got their marriage license and exchanged vows at a chapel in Galveston
However, on Sunday things were different with a near empty hall and “so much food, we decided to open it up to the community: the police and fire departments, the National Guard, and all the first responders,” she said.
The Herrmanns opened their hearts to all of those who worked tirelessly to serve the small communities of Southeast Texas.
“We served hot meals of barbecue brisket and pulled pork to all first responders even leftover groom’s cake,” she said.
They opened their doors to the all members of the Silsbee Police Department, the Silsbee Fire Department, local National Guard, on East Avenue G.
Herrmann’s husband Jay is a 22-year-veteran of the Army and National Guard and noted that being able to give back to the community was a ‘great blessing.’
“Jay said: we did what we could to serve the National Guard and others who stepped up to serve our community,” she said.
Pictured with Karon husband Jay wears a kilt which she says, “We went to the Renaissance one year, and I made him a kilt, and he hasn’t stopped wearing them since.”
Great couple with a great future, good luck.