STOKESDALE, N.C. — Planning a wedding is already stressful. You have to worry about finding the perfect dress, the right flowers, food, finalizing a guest list, and probably one of the most important things: where you'll say "I do."
A fire happened at a popular Triad wedding venue late Sunday night, leaving some brides, who have booked their upcoming weddings there, worried.
Lindsey Fulcher is getting married this Sunday at the Bella Collina Mansion.
“We toured almost 20 venues here, in the upstate of South Carolina, and we have family in Virginia. So, we are trying to find a middle ground which is how we found Stokesdale and the Bella Collina Mansion," Fulcher said.
Jessica Bourgeois is getting married this Saturday.
“My mom called me this morning, and she said 'honey, I have some bad news,' and I was like what is it,” Bourgeois said.
The Bella Collina Mansion in Stokesdale caught fire Sunday night, something neither Felcher nor Bourgeois wanted to hear less than a week from their big day.
Officials said the fire is out, but one part of the mansion has significant damage.
“I was just a wreck honestly, I was like why would this happen, of course, my wedding is the next wedding, and what do I do,” Bourgeois said.
Fulcher explained, “When I could hear the emotion in the owner Joe’s voice, I could just hear how distraught he was.”
Both brides won't let this fire burn up their plans to make a memorable day.
“My fiancé Corey and I, have been able to make it kind of symbolic and say not even a fire can burn down what our day is supposed to look like and what our life will look like together,” Fulcher explained, remaining positive.
Bourgeois added, “maybe there is a reason for all of this - there has to be."
Thankfully, no one was hurt during the fire, and officials are still investigating the cause.
The owner said they are cleaning and assessing the damage ahead of the weddings.
They are not sure if they will be able to host their weddings - but the owner has offered an alternate location just in case.
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