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It's not always a wonderful thing when sparks fly

Posted: November 15, 2008 9:46 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2008 4:59 a.m.

Left to right: Kim Nelson and Molly Garnero wait in the lobby of La Quinta Inn Stevenson Ranch Saturday after the Sayre Fire forced freeway closures, stranding a groom in San fernando Valley and cancelling a wedding they were set to attend in Canyon Country.

Granted, it's considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. But this was ridiculous.

The Disney-themed ceremony was to take place at 9 a.m. Saturday in the sylvan setting of Robinson Ranch golf course in Canyon Country.

But the bride was crying upstairs in a Stevenson Ranch hotel room midday Saturday.

The groom was stranded in West Hills.

And the Sayre Fire raged between them, forcing closures on area freeways and shutting down access between the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys.

"It's like a wall of fire just swept by and separated bride and groom," said the wedding musician, Bill Pelletier of San Jose, who planned to play "When You Wish Upon a Star" for the ceremony.

Pelletier and five bridesmaids were lounging at In-N-Out Burger early Saturday afternoon.

Bride Elizabeth Wadkins of Mountain View refused to leave the hotel.

"We were supposed to get ready at 5 a.m." said bridesmaid Molly Garnero, 23, of Mountain View.

"We don't know if it's going to happen," she said. "The groom can't get here; everyone's high stress."

The wedding party had been in touch with groom Ryan Ricks and his groomsmen, she said.

Garnero said they would try all over again at 10 a.m. today.

"I have very high hopes and I'm sure everything will work out."


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