Joyful wedding, woeful reception

September 26, 2017 06:29 PM

COLONIE - The Davidson family took off from Albany International Airport September 16 to attend their daughter's wedding in St. Croix. What happened to them over the course of the ensuing 10 days they will always remember for the wide range of emotions that is unparalleled in the lives of most people.

Their escape from paradise came about only because of a chartered jet, for the Davidson's it was the only way off the Caribbean island.

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"I can't say that I regret going," said Celeste Davidson, "I didn't know about (the hurricane). I think if we knew about the hurricane, we probably would not have gone."

Celeste and Keith, and other family members arrived home safely and in one piece Tuesday morning. Their daughter Erin's wedding was the highlight of the trip, but even though Hurricane Maria had already come and gone, Maria insisted on coming too, and will always be etched in their minds as the family's nuptial nemesis.

"We (initially) dodged a bullet," is what Celeste thought, believing that since Hurricane Irma had already hit the island, Maria was unlikely to follow the same path. "This is great so we headed down and never thought Maria was just a little storm in the Atlantic and it ended up being a Category 5."

Even though the wedding was moved up three days, the Davidsons became trapped in St. Croix. They hunkered down, withstood the powerful winds and the sideways rain, and they came out on the other side.

"I'm not disappointed about the actual wedding," Erin Davidson Gauthier told NewsChannel 13 by cell phone from St. Croix, "I'm only upset that we didn't get to spend the long week with both families having fun. Instead, we had to figure out how we were going to get food or fuel or water."

WEB EXTRA: Life in St. Croix after Hurricane Maria

Even though hurricanes are likely to hit St. Croix in the future, the Davidsons know for now, their daughter is happy in paradise.

"You have Nor'easters, and where she came from, she couldn't get far enough away from cold weather," Keith Davidson said, "I think you tend to take the good with the bad. It's tropical paradise that's not so paradise-ee right now."

Keith Davidson said his daughter and new son-in-law voluntarily gave up their seats on the charter airplane so that others could escape the island, leaving them to celebrate their honeymoon in paradise lost.


Dan Levy

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