SAN DIEGO - A San Diego couple had their dream wedding canceled after Hurricane Patricia ripped though Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
“Don’t worry honey, I’ll get to see your dress one day – you will,” said Chris Boyce to wife Aly Boyce.
The two got married in early October but planned their wedding ceremony in Puerto Vallarta for the weekend of October 24.
Saturday night, the couple - along with family and friends - enjoyed a nice dinner, never imagining their wedding day spent in San Diego.
The duo was supposed to be in Mexico until Hurricane Patricia made landfall on their wedding destination.
“It started as a level three hurricane then it jumped to a level four and then overnight it was a 5,” said Aly Boyce.
But just days before, the couple was enjoying paradise and relaxing under the hot sun, sipping on cocktails with their wedding party.
“Monday and Tuesday, we were like it’s so hot – let’s get into a bar, let’s get into a place that has AC – I hope it rains just a little bit is actually what we said,” said Aly Boyce.
The two now say, be careful what you wish for.
On Thursday, the night of their wedding rehearsal, they found themselves panicked and making arrangements with their family and friends.
“I had to pull them into a room and say – I know you are here and you want a margarita and you want to relax, but we have a situation,” said Chris Boyce.
It wasn’t just any situation, it was a historic one. The biggest hurricane ever recorded at sea and it was heading right toward them.
Their hotel had already issued a mandatory evacuation. Their wedding, now canceled.
“We weren’t given a choice much, they said that’s what was safe, that’s what was happening. I think we were the only hotel doing that,” said Chris Boyce.
The couple, along with their guests, took a six hour bus ride to the Guadalajara airport, fortunate to catch a flight back home before the hurricane got worse.
“It was a lot of time and effort and love really put into all of this and it was just quickly taken away – you know we were evacuated,” said Chris Boyce.
Saturday night following a stressful and chaotic ordeal, they spent their wedding dinner surrounded by loved ones - thankful to be safe and out of the place they were dreaming of spending a week.
Friends of the couple have set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for another wedding.
The Boyce’s estimate they lost about $5,000.