Community saves wedding after Cordelia fire burns everything but her dress

Thornton wedding party
Thornton wedding party

CORDELIA, Calif (KGO/KOVR/CNN) — A Cordelia couple thought their dream wedding might not happen, but their special day was saved by strangers.

It was clear there was nothing left. Heather Thornton’s home was gone, the only house burned to the ground when the Cordelia fire broke out in June.

“We lost everything,” she said. “I was like there’s no way we can have the wedding at all.”

The wedding would happen only a few months after the fire, thanks to the generous help of the community.

“It’s like the community just took care of us when we needed it,” Evan Thornton said.

“It’s unreal. I didn’t think this day was going to happen,” Heather adds.

When people found out Heather lost everything in the fire except her wedding dress, they wanted to help the bride to be.

They were planning on having the wedding in their backyard. But that was no longer an option.

So their church family opened their doors. A photographer even offered his services for free. The Cordelia Fire Department also opened up their fire hall for the reception.

“It’s overwhelming,” Heather said. “You can’t really feel unloved.”

A day the Thornton’s felt would never happen, ended up going on without a hitch.

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