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Devastated Bride Speaks Out After EF4 Tornado Desimates Dream Wedding

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Photos courtesy of Jessica Carter

On a day that is supposed to be one of the happiest days of one’s life, a day that traditionally marks new beginnings, hope, love, and celebration, this bride and groom experience tragedy. Unfortunately, for Jessica and Kyle Carpenter, it quickly became the most devastating and traumatic event of their lives when a recorded F4 tornado ripped through Jessica Carter’s and Kyle Carpenter’s dream wedding, located at beloved sister’s rustic wedding venue and home.


Minutes before the massive funnel hit the home, Jessica’s grandmother, mother, sister, niece, and photographer were all helping Jessica get ready for the ceremony. Laughter and the promise of the couple’s new life filled the air. Suddenly, the winds shifted and the sky became very dark. Jessica’s mother saw the horizontal rain and they began to flee for the storm shelter outside but they never made it that far. Glass shattered in all directions and when they ran for their lives, the walls before them were destroyed in every direction, everywhere they turned. There was no time to make it to the storm shelter, so they turned to the only standing wall left, clinging for their lives. Jessica and her family found the strongest wall they could find to hunker down and take cover. As soon as Amanda (Jessica’s sister) closed the door behind them and yelled to get down, the door was torn from her hands. Jessica instinctively covered her grandmother who was closest to her and Reba, her photographer covered Jessica’s son.

Of the entire home, the wall where Jessica and family had fled to was the only wall left standing in the entire home.

Once the massive tornado had passed, the women sifted through rubble searching for survivors and children. Making it outside, they reached the storm shelter. There they found loved ones that were injured and bleeding. Jessica found her fiance’ covered in the groomsman’s blood who saved his life.

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