Sutton St Edmund mum braves Storm Stella for family wedding in USA
A mother from Sutton St Edmund will never see English winters the same again after braving 21 inches of snow to see her son’s wedding.
Angela Savage (46) had a 7,100-mile round trip from the South Holland village to Pennsylvania, USA, to witness her eldest son Ciaran Christall (21) tie the knot with long-term partner, American Chris Stahurski (24).
But the proud mother’s first-ever trip to the USA turned into a race against time, as well as the elements, as the wintry fury of Storm Stella led to a two-day postponement of the wedding to clear 21 inches of snow.
Angela said: “It was my first time in America so it was an amazing experience to see both the snow and my son get married at a fire station.
“Ciaran emigrated to the USA in February on a spousal visa after meeting Chris through a gay dating website four-and-a-half years ago.
“They had a long-distance relationship but because they had to get married within 90 days of Ciaran getting the visa, the pair planned the civil ceremony for last Tuesday.
“Then Storm Stella hit and the judge called Ciaran to postpone the wedding until Thursday which was when I was due to fly home.”
After staying wrapped up in temperatures of minus 13 degrees celsius, Angela did get to see Ciaran and Chirs exchange vows – in a fire station’s courthouse.
Angela said: “Because we were flying home on Thursday evening, things were a bit rushed.
“Instead of having the wedding ceremony in a courthouse, Chris had it at the fire station which has a courtroom where they hold criminal proceedings.
It was my first time in America so it was an amazing experience to see both the snow and my son get married at a fire station
“There were nine of us, in total, who managed to get there and it was over very quickly.
“Then Chris took me and my sister to the airport to catch our flight home.”
Angela saw for herself how Americans respond to bad weather as more than 650 Reservists from the US Army and Air Force helped to clear snow off the roads.
Having moved from Essex last December, Angela said: “I wanted to slow down and enjoy life a little bit more. “It’s very quiet and the neighbours are very friendly.”