Wildfire creates a once-in-a-lifetime wedding photo Newlyweds Michael Wolber and April Hartley pose for a picture near Bend, Ore., as a wildfire burns in the background
Wildfire creates a once-in-a-lifetime wedding photo
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A wildfire that disrupted an Oregon couple's wedding also gave them the photograph of a lifetime.

A fire truck rolled up at Rock Spring Ranch near Bend with sirens blaring Saturday and the wedding party was told to evacuate, The Oregonian reported.

The minister conducted an abbreviated ceremony. Everyone cheered and began to evacuate to downtown Bend's Drake Park for the reception.

As guests headed for the cars, wedding photographer Josh Newton took some photos of the couple with the wildfire raging in the background.

Michael Wolber called it "the most beautiful ceremony either of us could have ever imagined." He and his wife, April Hartley, live in Aloha and both work at Nike Inc.

"It's terrible to be evacuated from your own wedding," said Lisa Clark, a fire information officer with the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. "But it's a story for the rest of their lives and nothing that could be duplicated."

The wedding venue was on the edge of the wind-pushed fire, and deputies and fire trucks were driving through the area telling people to evacuate as a precaution.

Firefighters were probably sympathetic to the wedding party with the disruption and permitted the quick ceremony.

"I don't think the firefighters would have allowed the extra few minutes if it had been that critical," Clark said.

Newton said Tuesday he's heard from many people, including firefighters, about his photo.

"I've actually heard a lot from the wildfire community and they are totally amped on it!" he said.

Critical thinking challenge: Did the fire make or break the wedding, and why?

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COMMENTS (20)
  • kw18green
    6/11/2014 - 01:03 p.m.

    i think the fire made the fire because let's face it it's a cool photo with an cool back story that can go along with. not to mentions it caught the attention of the wiledfire community attentions.

  • haylee_s14
    6/11/2014 - 03:41 p.m.

    I think that the wildfire made the wedding something they definitely won't forget. I think that the wedding should have been moved somewhere else right away though because of the dangers of the fire. IT would shave been a good idea to move it, but what the firefighters did was something great. Most people would make them leave but the firefighters let them stay to finish the ceremony quickly. Overall I think that the wildfire made the wedding something incredible.

  • John0724-YYCA
    6/11/2014 - 03:58 p.m.

    Even though there was a wildfire the wedding back round picture was really awesome. That is like a scene from spy movies. Even though they took the picture in the wildfire it is a good thing that no on got hurt or burned. I wonder what caused the wildfire? Maybe a person was smoking and the person litered and there was little bit of fire on it.

  • AngeliC-5
    6/11/2014 - 08:57 p.m.

    This article is about a wedding picture, with the wildfire in the background. Fire trucks were coming, telling people to evacuate. Firefighters were probably sympathetic to the wedding party with the disruption and permitted the quick ceremony. Wedding photographer Josh Newton watched in the background. I think that this literally is the cutest thing in the world, and that it's really cool, and it ruined and created the wedding for the newly weds, Michael Wolbley, and April Harper.

  • WS05YANKEES
    6/12/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    a lot of people are mad at this, but if they didn't take the photo, then nothing would have changed. I think you have to make the best of your situations.

  • MarissaColvin
    6/12/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    I find this article very odd in a way. I think that this picture shown above is demented because weddings are supposed to be peaceful and inside, not by a fire. So therefore, the fire broke the wedding.

  • KH20deus
    6/12/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    i think its pretty cool, once i get married im probably gonna do a pic like that. i think this is really cool and who ever took the pic is good

  • n.m.11blue
    6/12/2014 - 12:57 p.m.

    I think thaty the wild fire made the whole wedding so much more beautiful. It was a unique moment that caused some beautiful pictures for not only the couple but everyone who was there ath the ceremony.

  • JN5softball32
    6/12/2014 - 12:58 p.m.

    I think the fire made the wedding because it was a once in a lifetime experience and you can't have that happen every day when someone gets married.

  • ZM17Games
    6/12/2014 - 12:59 p.m.

    I think this really is a once in a lifetime picture. It's really cool that they were able to take this awesome picture, I think they will always remember that day. It kinda stinks that they had to evacuate the wedding though

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