Social media saves bride from flower fiasco

Posted at 6:29 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 18:29:16-04

Hurricane Irma is long gone. But the impact of the massive storm is still being felt in the Caribbean and Florida.

However, Irma is causing a different problem here in Northeast, Ohio.

"There were very few flowers for anyone this past weekend," said Renee Drake owner of That Little Special Something, a business specializing in weddings. Hurricane Irma disrupted the shipment of flowers to our area.

"It hit me one morning. Holy, jumpin jellyfish. We are not getting flowers," said Drake.

Drake was working with Ashley Reneau. She was getting married in two days. Reneau had been watching Hurricane Irma because of friends and family in Florida.

"We never thought it would have any impact on our day," said Reneau.

Just two days before the wedding, Reneau got word she would not have her roses. That's when Drake got an idea while walking through her yard. She spotted her pink hydrangeas.

"Bingo," explained Drake. 

But, there was a problem. She didn't have enough in her yard for the wedding. That's when she took to Facebook.

"I need help. I have a bride that is getting married on Saturday and because of the hurricane she is not getting any flowers. She is heartbroken," wrote Drake on the Facebook page.

Immediately, she was overwhelmed with offers to help.

"I had so many messages, I couldn't keep up with them all," she said. "There was one lady, she contacted me and said I have a whole row of hydrangeas. Come over and get as many as you want."

The woman had planted the flowers for her daughter's wedding a couple of years ago. Now, she was offering to help this bride.

"She made our day so special,” said Reneau. "There are still good people out there that will help you," she explained.

Both women are extremely grateful and thankful for the kindness of strangers.