Hurricane Dorian forced this couple to cancel their wedding plans in Charleston. They got married at work, Turner Studios in Atlanta, instead on Friday, September 6, 2019. Colleagues replaced cameras with flowers, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen replaced the sports analysts. (D'Marcus Pulse/Turner Studios/contributed photo to AJC)
Photo: D'Marcus Pulse/Turner Studios
Photo: D'Marcus Pulse/Turner Studios

Dorian’s disruption brings creative help for wedding

While Hurricane Dorian took no lives in Georgia, the destructive storm nearly wiped out one of the most important days in the lives of two Atlantans.

Destinee Clavon is from South Carolina and fell in love with Charleston when she lived there as a young adult. Because it was close for family and friends, it made sense to plan her wedding there — until the news reports about Dorian started appearing.

At first, she and her fiance, Anthony Baker, hoped the historic city would be spared, but eventually it became clear that it was in the hurricane’s path.

They had to cancel their wedding.

“We were trying to keep the hope alive,” Clavon said early Friday afternoon.

Then, something unexpected happened.

Colleagues at Turner Studios, where both work — she in operations management and he as a graphic artist — turned one of the studios into a wedding scene. Instead of cameras, there were flowers. In the place of soccer and baseball analysts, stood bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Hurricane Dorian forced Destinee Clavon and Anthony Baker to cancel their wedding plans in Charleston. They got married at work, Turner Studios in Atlanta, instead on Friday, September 6, 2019. (D'Marcus Pulse/Turner Studios/contributed photo to AJC)
Photo: D'Marcus Pulse/Turner Studios

“We have the whole wedding experience here in two days,” she said, sounding amazed just before the ceremony. “It took me a year to plan my wedding.”

Some family and friends couldn’t make it after canceling their flights to Charleston, but some did. At about 3 p.m. Friday, the ceremony started, and Destinee Clavon is now Destinee Baker.

Destinee and Anthony Baker still got to cut their wedding cake after Hurricane Dorian forced them to cancel their wedding plans in Charleston. They got married at work, Turner Studios in Atlanta, instead on Friday, September 6, 2019. (D'Marcus Pulse/Turner Studios/contributed photo to AJC)
Photo: D'Marcus Pulse/Turner Studios

The couple is looking forward to a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando. He promised to take her to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when they were first dating, since she is a fan.

Diagon Alley can be magical at night, with charming lighting and the occasional dragon’s breath, but, she said, the destination was not their first choice for a honeymoon.

As with their wedding, Dorian made them improvise.

“We were supposed to go to the Bahamas,” she said.

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