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Storm-stymied wedding moves from Friday to Sunday

Eleven months of wedding planning was no match for 5 feet of snow.

So Lauren Howard and Mark Partridge of Hamburg called off their wedding reception, their ceremony, the DJ, the cocktails, the photo booth and the serenading guitar player.

The only thing that will go on as planned is the marriage.

Their wedding will go on Sunday at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. The church doesn’t usually allow Sunday weddings, but their priest got dispensation for an exception.

“At least we’re getting married,” said Howard, 31, a manager at Wegmans. That’s where she met Partridge, who works in produce. “I’m happy we don’t have to postpone that months and months down the road.”

When news broke Saturday morning that the Hamburg driving ban was lifted, the couple packed up and headed to hotel rooms in the city.

“We can’t wait to leave the house and just feel normal again,” Howard said, who was about to drive in.

Her mother’s friend’s hairdresser offered to do her hair. Partridge’s cousin had a friend who could do makeup. Her best friend loaned a limousine from the Amigone funeral home business. The musicians in the string quartet said they could play at the church on Sunday instead. Muscoreil’s bakery agreed to switch days too and make the cake for the smaller family dinner at a Pearl Street banquet room.

“Everyone’s offering to do anything,” Howard said. “We feel so loved.”

While people keep telling her their storm-stymied wedding will be a good story in the years ahead, she hasn’t been able to enjoy it. Yet.

“It’s not that funny to us now,” she said. “Down the road I’m sure it will be.”

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