BOULDER - They celebrated one of the happiest moments of their lives in the midst of a flood zone.
Instead of the mountain wedding that was planned, a Boulder couple decided to exchange their vows in the middle of their street with neighbors, family, and friends.
Michelle Auerbach and her husband Brian Brooks exchanged vows just feet from their home, with trash instead of beautiful scenery and flood boots rather than a fancy suit or dress.
"The feelings are what matters and the people are what matters," Auerbach said.
Intense flooding forced the couple to cancel their original wedding plans.
"[We planned to go] up to Sunshine Canyon in a place called Starhouse, which we don't think is still there," Auerbach said.
"It took us out of this disaster and horrible chaos we're living in 24-7 to be able to go into the street and celebrate people we love," Jennifer Cooper said.
"The love and devotion between the two of them was as strong and maybe stood out more just because the backdrop was so bleak," said Howard Rudnick, a licensed cleric at the wedding.
The marriage certificate was signed front to back by all thirty people at the wedding with one final touch: it was dipped in the flood water.
"This stuff will all wash away, but the neighbors and the family and the love will all be there," Auerbach said.
The couple is dealing with upwards of $250,000 in property damage, but they're the happiest they've ever been.
The couple says many family and friends from out of town already bought plane tickets for the wedding in October. They still plan to have a party in celebration, but have not decided where yet.
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