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Windstorm won't stop wedding on South Hill

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Update: Jodeana Johnson and her fiance Bertrand Haines had planned to get married at Summit Church, but the windstorm knocked out the church's power. The couple tells KHQ Saturday that their wedding will go ahead as planned, but at a different church. The wedding is now being held at Park Heights Baptist Church at 3:30 p.m.

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"We've known each other for a year and a half," explained Jodeana Johnson about her fiance Bertrand Haines. "I'm 38, he's 40, and when you know who you want to share life with, it happens fast," she said.

But today, things slowed down because right now, their wedding venue, Summit Church on Spokane's South Hill, has no power.

"I'm trying to be positive, but I'm just stressed," said Bert.

Right now, Jodeana and Bert are both beside themselves.

"Not a lot of people do a church wedding anymore, and that was important to us," said Jodeana. "Over the last few months I've seen myself and Bert saying 'I do' in this church and now, in just a few days, having to re-think all that is too much."

"All girls dream of this day," said Bert. "I just want her to be happy."

Bert and Jodeana may be emotional, but they are still well aware of all the struggling going on around them right now.

"When you think of loss during this, this maybe is huge to me, but I know it's nothing compared to people's lives being lost," said Jodeana.

So tomorrow, their church may be cold, but they know they'll be surrounded by warmth.

"It'll be my wedding day regardless," said Jodeana. "I'll marry the man I've waited so long for."

If you have a generator that you'd like to donate to Summit Church for the day, you can e-mail me at allison.flicker@khq.com. I can put you in touch with the folks at Summit Church. 

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