SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A couple from Washington, D.C. was supposed to get married on Oct. 9, 2016, but Hurricane Matthew had other plans.
The pair postponed their wedding for an entire year, just so they could get married in Savannah. Monday, they are finally tying the knot.
The couple fell in love in Savannah, meeting for dates in the park, and said they'd wait as long as it took to say 'I Do' in Forsyth Park. When Hurricane Matthew destroyed the city and their plans, they never doubted the Hostess City was where their wedding needed to be. The groom, Jason, tells WTOC that a date can be rescheduled.It was a temporary bump in the road, but he knew marrying Beth would be forever, and he needed to do it the right way.
"I'm just ready. I just want to do it. I want to put on the dress. I want to look beautiful. I want our family to have a great time and I want to marry the man of my dreams," Beth said.
For Beth and Jason, love isn't a date. It's a bond - a vow they wanted to make the way they always dreamed.
Beth's son Myles says he's just ready to have a dad.
"I haven't had an actual guy in my life for a while now," Myles said.
Another person he can go to, and who can be there for him and his mom.
"I love you, and I know this means a lot to you, and I'm glad it's finally happening," Myles told his mother.
Beth and Jason say the time spent waiting wasn't the hard part. In that time, Beth lost her stepmother, and her mother was diagnosed with cancer.
"The couple asked that we take a special moment to honor the many special people that were unable to be here today, for one reason or another," Rev. Steven Schulte said.
They say they have a place for the stepmother at the ceremony and the reception.
"By the power invested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife," Schulte said.
Beth says at the end of the day, it's not about the flowers or makeup.
"It doesn't matter if it rains, if there's a hurricane, if it thunders. At the end of the day, that's really the best part of the whole thing is that you get to walk away from here knowing that you're going to spend the rest of your life with someone that's your best friend," she said.
Jason says as he watched Beth walk down the aisle, he was looking at his wife, and now son. A boy who has been waiting for Jason his whole life.
"What do you say to that? You try to earn that. You try to live up to that. That's what you can do," Jason said.
Finally, Jason, Beth, and Myles Driggers are one big happy family.