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Florence scuttles ocean venue, but not wedding

Within a week, plans were revised

Mirror photo by Kay Stephens / Lizzy Rezk of Carrolltown and Jordan Zungali of Patton were married Saturday in an outdoor ceremony on the grounds of the Lemon Drop Lounge near Loretto. Their plans to be wed in Myrtle Beach, S.C., were canceled because of Hurricane Florence. Navy Capt. John Eckenrode, uncle of the bride, performed the ceremony.

LORETTO — Their wedding was to have been held Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

But the likelihood of Hurricane Florence deluging that coastal town forced Lizzy Rezk of Carrolltown and Jordan Zungali of Patton to consider postponing the wedding or finding another location.

“Who needs the ocean?” the bride said Saturday afternoon, shortly after she and Zungali were pronounced husband and wife outside the Lemon Drop Lounge between Ebensburg and Carrolltown. “We have our family, our friends and each other.”

In less than a week, their wedding plans were revised with the Lemon Drop as the new location, along with flowers, music, a photographer, a reception and an uncle from Virginia who could perform the ceremony.

“From this beautiful location, you can almost smell the ocean,” Navy Capt. John Eckenrode jokingly told the wedding guests. A few days earlier, Eckenrode became an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church.

Nancy Rezk, mother of the bride, said she telephoned the wedding venue in Myrtle Beach last Sunday after hearing the forecast in connection with Hurricane Florence.

“They told me I better start planning something at home,” she said.

“I didn’t cry,” Lizzy Rezk said when asked about her response to the news. “I just kind of went into planning mode, and so did my mom, who was just incredible.”

Robin Zungali, mother of the groom, said she told the couple to head into the Cambria County Courthouse and get a marriage license in case the relocated wedding came together.

“Without that license, nothing was going to happen,” Robin Zungali said.

Meanwhile, family members who had plans to travel to the beach for the wedding found themselves at home or with new travel plans.

The groom’s sister, Rea Price, a teacher in Bangkok, flew from there to Pitts­burgh on Thursday to pick up a friend, then headed for Cambria County.

“We were looking forward to a few days on the beach,” Price said. “But I really don’t mind because we’re just glad to be here, and we’re so happy for them.”

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