Tim Cochrane & Roberta Ludovico
Groom's uncle & family friend
Lost Home in Sandy
--LEAD IN --
Love among the ruins.
How a wedding amid the devastation on New York's Staten Island is also a symbol of strength and resilience.
CNN's Erin Burnett has the story.
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THIS, IS MATT AND CHRISTINE
AND TODAY, WAS THEIR WEDDING.
WHILE WE WERE OUT AMIDST THE STORM'S WRECKAGE...WE GLIMPSED...
WE'D COME TO SEE A HOTEL
THAT WAS FULL OF SANDY REFUGEES
AND WHILE THE COAST GUARD AND RED CROSS WERE GOING TO SLEEP IN COTS
ON THIS SIDE OF THE WALL...ON THE OTHER, A WEDDING FOR 316 PEOPLE WAS BEING SETUP.
THE BRIDE IS CHRISTINE HASSETT.
HER PARENT'S LOST THEIR HOME THIS WEEK IN BREEZY POINT QUEENS.
HER CHURCH, GONE TOO.
WE CALLED HER...AND SHE SAID WE COULD COME TO HER WEDDING
HER FIANCEE, MATT BOBE, IS A FIREFIGHTER...AND WAS AN EARLY RESPONDER IN THE STORM:
"I went in the morning after and it was just a recover effort. everybody lending a helping hand."
EVERY GUEST LOST SOMETHING. THE GROOM'S PARENTS SAID THEY HAD FRIENDS WHO COULDN'T COME BECAUSE THEY HAD NO GAS.
"Is there anybody at this wedding who was not affected?
TIM COCHRANE IS THE GROOM'S UNCLE AND ROBERTA LUDOVICO IS A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND BOTH LOST THEIR HOMES, BUT NOT THEIR SPIRIT:
"Everyone's been so wonderful, so wonderful."
"That's the thing about new york. you saw it sept 11 and you see it again."
"Tthe truck coming out of breezy said this is nothing we will rebuild. we saw it 9/11"
THAT SENTIMENT ISN'T LOST ON ANYONE HERE.
"A very hard week, a very very hard week, but you get through it. but everybody worked together. people are just amazing."
CHRISTINE AND HER MOM PLANNED THE WEDDING FOR A YEAR AND A HALF:
"We need this happiness, we really need this happiness. tomorrow we'll go back and deal with what we have to deal with but today is my daughter's day and i'm going to enjoy every minute of it."
And, it was. A moment of joy...making the horrific loss, for a moment, seem small:
"It's nice to have a reason to put this stuff behind us for a day, I can't wait to see my wife open the door and hopefully we can have a good day in the midst of all this."
"I'm happy, very happy."