All wedding days are memorable, and Mackinac Island ceremonies gain added charm amid a storybook setting. For Elizabeth and Jake Landuyt, last weekend's reception there is unforgettable for another reason.
An NBC affiliate in Marquette tells "the story of a wedding vow backed by a community commitment:"
They met while attending the University of Michigan, getting engaged in 2019. They married [Sunday] at Mackinac Island’s Sainte Anne’s Church, followed by an evening reception at the Yacht Club.
"My dad started his 'Father of the Bride' speech and was interrupted by some guests asking him to stop. They noticed smoke next door," said Mrs. Landuyt.
The celebration stopped and guests evacuated, as fire spread in the Brigadoon Cottage next door.
Then came a movie-like rescue of the young couple's Memorial Day weekend reception. "The Mackinac Island community did not want to see the day over for the newlyweds," contiunes Noel Navarro of WLUC.
Enter Mission Point Resort and nearby businesses. ... Immediately everyone started getting tables and chairs out to do this," said Liz Ware, Mission Point vice president of sales and marketing.
From catering and supplies by the Island House Hotel kitchen and the Pink Pony, bartending led by Mission Point’s head bellman, ... it was all taken care of.
"This all happened in about 30 minutes," the resort posts Thursday on Facebook. "Pride for the island truly radiated throughout our community on Sunday."
Mackinac Island Fire Department volunteers contained the fire, the hotel's post notes, adding: "The Landuyts donated beer to the Fire Department for off-duty celebrating!"
WLUC quotes the bride, who's from Mackinac City, as saying: "The 'Magic of Mackinac' and its people are so real and we are forever grateful." Her husband, an industrial operations engineer, is from Rochester in Oakland County.