Bride scrambles for wedding locale after Citadel Beach House fire

Bride scrambles for wedding locale after Citadel Beach House fire

ISLE OF PALMS, SC (WCSC) - "I saw the picture," Elena Guidry, bride-to-be said. "It's just like seeing your dreams go up in flames."

Guidry, who's from Rock Hill, was counting down the days until walking down the aisle at the Citadel Beach House.

Then, she received an email that plans had suddenly changed.

"I get this email saying the Citadel Beach House has had this massive fire," Guidry said, "And it is no more…basically there is going to be no wedding there."

According to officials, Isle of Palms Fire Department responded to an alarm at The Citadel Beach House around 3:43 a.m Sunday morning.

Fire crews from the Town of Sullivan's Island and the Town of Mount Pleasant also assisted the call.

The house's caretaker and his wife who lived there escaped, but reports from the Citadel indicate significant structural damage to the event space.

"I saw yesterday morning the real damage facing the house," Wild Dunes resident Al Brumfield. "It looks like it went all the way from the first floor to the roof."

The Citadel reports the beach house is closed until further notice. Citadel spokeswoman Kimberly Keelor said event coordinators are "working around the clock" to help people who booked the beachside venue. Keelor didn't have data on the number of scheduled events but said the space is booked almost every weekend this time of year, particularly with wedding season.

Guidry said she's heard from Citadel event coordinators who are working with her to find an alternative space, though the bride said it can be difficult given Charleston's popularity as a wedding location.

"May 19 is my wedding date so we are T-minus ten days at this point with no wedding location," Guidry said. "My fiancé and I are going to get married because at the end of the day, it truly is about love. I'm really trying to stay positive that I'm going to find something."

The Citadel team is currently in the process of reaching out to people who've booked the beach house, making calls chronologically based on event date, according to Keelor.

"We are so sorry for what people are going through," Keelor said.

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