2003 blackout caused headaches for Akron bride-to-be day before wedding

AKRON, Ohio - When Cale and Megan Wuethrich think back to the blackout of 2003, their minds flash back to the uncertainty of their wedding day.

On Aug. 14, 2003 the lights went out inside their Akron home.

The couple wasn't alone. More than 50 million people in eight states and Canada lost power as part of the massive blackout.

But the outage caused unique problems and major stress for Cale and Megan because it happened just a few hours before their wedding rehearsal.

"You just want to scream, 'Really? After everything we've gone through and done to plan this, this really has to happen?'" Megan Wuethrich recalled.

Several wedding guests were also in the dark at a Wadsworth hotel that lost juice.

Many of them made their way to the couple's home and scrambled to solve another problem. They had to find a restaurant that could serve more than 30 people. Waterloo restaurant, which they had reserved, was closed because of the power failure.

"We had probably four different people on cell phones... calling as many restaurants as we could trying to find a place for all these people to have dinner," Megan Wuethrich said.

The groom-to-be remembers doing whatever he could to calm down his fiancee.

"One of the things I remember is her coming up to me just balling in tears," Cale Wuethrich said.

Eventually, Cale and the best man located a restaurant in Canton that could handle the large, last-minute reservation.

There was another saving grace: Their church, Akron Baptist Temple, never lost power.

"It was like a sign, 'You two need to get married,'" Megan Wuethrich said.

Shortly after midnight on their wedding day, the power was restored at their Akron home.

The wedding went off without a hitch on Aug. 15, 2003.

The couple now has two children and will always have a unique anniversary story to share.

"There's not an anniversary that comes around that we don't think, 'Well, at least we have power,'" Megan Wuethrich said.

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