By Megan McCallisterA bride who had been dating her fiancee for years was devastated when she learned that his wedding had been cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew.
Melissa Bowers and her fiancé have been married for over 10 years and were expecting their second child.
But they were devastated when their marriage was cancelled after the devastating hurricane.
“It’s a blessing because I have an awesome husband and a great career,” said Melissa.
Melvin Bowers told CNN’s Erin Burnett he was so happy to be able to celebrate his wife’s wedding day with his family.
“We are blessed to be a part of this celebration,” he said.
“We are so thankful to God and the church for allowing us to be part of the celebration.”
In a statement, the church said the wedding was not cancelled because Matthew hit New Orleans.
Instead, it was canceled because the wedding venue was unable to meet the demand.
The church said it was able to provide a wedding celebration for the wedding.
The Bowerses said they were grateful for the support of their church and community.
“Thank you to the thousands of wonderful people from all over the world who have offered prayers, support and prayers of encouragement for us,” said the statement.
“Our family and I are going to be together for our future, and we will all be together in heaven.”
Melissa and her fiance have received support from many church leaders and religious leaders, including Bishop John R. Kelly of the Episcopal Diocese of New Orleans, who said he would pray for them and the entire Bowers family.
Kelly said he was “absolutely stunned” by the news.
“I know that you have the ability to be married, to raise a family, and this is something you can’t do,” he told CNN.
“And it is a tragedy.”
Bishop Kelly said the couple was grateful for all the prayers and support they had received.
“You never know when something like this will happen and we just can’t be held hostage by it,” he added.