Couple makes international headlines after wedding day fire
A Maritime couple whose wedding venue burned down on their special day is making headlines across the country, and around the world.
Nancy and Michael Rogers were to be married at White Point Beach Resort in Liverpool, Nova Scotia on Saturday. But about an hour before the ceremony, the main lodge, where the reception was to be held, went up in flames.
Photos of the smiling couple standing in front of the burning building, decked out in their wedding clothes, have been seen around the world and television networks in Canada and in the United States have spoken to the newlyweds.
And the media attention doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
"Saturday Night Live" alum Jimmy Fallon joked about the couple on his show, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," last night and international newspapers have also picked up the story.
"I think Monday it was in one of the largest papers in England," says Michael Rogers. "Tuesday it was front cover of the Toronto Star, National Post."
Amateur photographer Nicholas Augustus took the picture, and he says he's surprised to see it being shown around the world.
"Some people aren't liking it, some people love it," says Augustus. "Some people understand it was just a wedding couple making the best of a situation."
This morning, the Rogers were up early to give a live interview with the FOX Broadcasting Company, one of the largest television networks in the world.
And a crew from American newsmagazine "Inside Edition" is set to travel to White Point Beach Resort with the couple to do a story on Sunday.
The Rogers says they were skeptical as to whether the resort would want a camera crew on the grounds so soon after the devastating fire, but they say the staff at White Point have been nothing but supportive through their ordeal.
"They're appreciative at how well we are taking it…and how we are representing them," says Michael Rogers. "They've welcomed us into their White Point family."
Staff at the popular vacation spot say they plan to re-build and expand the resort, and when they do, the Rogers will be there.
"As long as they're open we'd like to spend our first wedding anniversary there," says Nancy Rogers.
As for the wedding itself, the couple did exchange vows the day of the fire, but at a different venue on the resort, that wasn't affected by the fire.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Alyse Hand