Interracial couple Tyler Ahrendsen and Sharifa Mattis couldn’t be stopped from walking down the aisle on Saturday despite their home being hit by Hurricane Matthew and burglars stealing many of their wedding items. The couple evacuated their home in Raleigh, North Carolina during Hurricane Matthew. Thieves broke into their home and took several items including things for their upcoming wedding while they were away. But then it didn’t stop them from marrying.

Friends and strangers began donating money to help them replace those items that were stolen for their special day. A local caterer even gave beverages, napkins, and cups for the reception.

“Vendors, old friends, people we know, people we don’t know, strangers just have opened themselves up and just given from the heart, and helped us,” Ahrendsen said.

“Everything that happened just put things in perspective and just kind of re-prioritized why we’re doing all this, and that’s because we’re in love and we just want to get married and start our family,” said Mattis.

The couple stated that they plan on getting back to rebuilding their home soon and to starting a family.

“Get back in there, finish the renovations, fill it with some great new memories, and just move on,” Mattis said.

“It was a very traumatic thing happening, but we love each other, and we want to lean on each other, and we did,” Ahrendsen said.

The couple is now happily married and sees the disaster be a blessing in disguise in which it made friends and families even closer. Not just that but also those people who helped them rebuild their reception and donated items to make their wedding a fruitful and momentous event.