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Mexico Beach first responders say ‘I do’ on slab of where home used to be


“I am not a girly girl. I do not wear heels,” Brittany Medina said. From the day she got engaged, she knew she wouldn’t be a traditional bride.

“I’m surprised I even have on a dress because that never happens,” she said. She did expect marrying her fire fighter love, Ben, would be emotional, but didn’t expect so many tears before the big day.

“Of course it was gone. I mean literally just gone,” the bride said about her house. Her home was swooped into the Gulf by Hurricane Michael.

Medina is a Mexico Beach police officer and got to work.

“She kept going, just like a trooper, ” another officer said about her. “She was working crazy hours around the clock,” Medina’s mother said. 

“I had no time to wallow in my self pity,” Medina said. She kept working while trying to plan her wedding. Eventually, her friends, family, and neighbors took over the planning.

“The only thing I cared about is get married on this slab,” Medina said. In just three weeks, the place she used to call home became the place she and Ben would say “I do.” 

Medina’s mother said people from the community helped clear the slab off and make it safe for the wedding. 

“We’re all excited they did it here. Their heart is still in the home,” The groom’s aunt said. They’re a team, ready to start a new chapter.

“This is our final good-bye, but yet a new beginning,” Medina said. After a storm comes a rainbow. “We’re starting over, this is our new life, our new normal, and whatever happens next is just all for the better.”

The couple wants to thank the following people and businesses for making the wedding happen: 

Coordination: Jenny Grady-Gibbs, Mexico Beach, FL
Decor: Rebecca Wiggins, R Designs Interiors & Events, Leesburg, GA
Photography: the Nielsens Photography & Design, Orlando, FL
Food: Gary & Tia Grady, Montgomery, AL
Dress: Southern Belle, Bainbridge, GA and Kristina’s Bridal and Formals 
Florals: Lee Forrest Design, Orlando, FL
Cake: Bake Me A Cake, Orlando
Tent: Panache, Port St Joe, FL

They also want to send a special ‘thank you’ to The Mexico Beach Police and Fire Depts, and Johnny Crouch! 

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