Flash Flood Watch
until MON 12:00 AM MST, Northwest Plateau, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave, Northwest Deserts, Grand Canyon Country, Coconino Plateau, Yavapai County Mountains, Little Colorado River Valley in Coconino County, Little Colorado River Valley in Navajo County, Little Colorado River Valley in Apache County, Western Mogollon Rim, Eastern Mogollon Rim, White Mountains, Northern Gila County, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Yavapai County Valleys and Basins, Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons, Western Pima County including Ajo/Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Tohono O'odham Nation including Sells, Upper Santa Cruz River and Altar Valleys including Nogales, Tucson Metro Area including Tucson/Green Valley/Marana/Vail, South Central Pinal County including Eloy/Picacho Peak State Park, Southeast Pinal County including Kearny/Mammoth/Oracle, Upper San Pedro River Valley including Sierra Vista/Benson, Eastern Cochise County below 5000 ft including Douglas/Wilcox, Upper Gila River and Aravaipa Valleys including Clifton/Safford, White Mountains of Graham and Greenlee Counties including Hannagan Meadow, Galiuro and Pinaleno Mountains including Mount Graham, Chiricahua Mountains including Chiricahua National Monument, Dragoon/Mule/Huachuca and Santa Rita Mountains including Bisbee/Canelo Hills/Madera Canyon, Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains including Mount Lemmon/Summerhaven, Baboquivari Mountains including Kitt Peak, Aguila Valley, Northwest Valley, Tonopah Desert, Gila Bend, Buckeye/Avondale, Cave Creek/New River, Deer Valley, Central Phoenix, North Phoenix/Glendale, New River Mesa, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley, Rio Verde/Salt River, East Valley, Fountain Hills/East Mesa, South Mountain/Ahwatukee, Southeast Valley/Queen Creek, Superior, Northwest Pinal County, West Pinal County, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon, Tonto Basin, Mazatzal Mountains, Pinal/Superstition Mountains, Sonoran Desert Natl Monument, San Carlos, Dripping Springs, Globe/Miami, Southeast Gila County

Celebrating 10 years of marriage after tying the knot during Hurricane Ike

It has been ten years since Hurricane Ike slammed the Houston area and one couple is actually celebrating that day.

As Ike stormed in with winds whipping and rain torturing everything it touched on Sept. 13, 2008, Bryan Sims had a bright idea.

"The eye was rolling in and...might as well," recalls Bryan. "It was a full moon. It was the 13th and there was a hurricane."

"Everyone is hunkering down and generators are going and power's going in and out and he says, 'Well, get up. We're going to get married!,' and I said, "No way!," describes Chantel Sims, Bryan's wife.

Bryan wanted to make his fiance his wife, even if a hurricane was hammering all of Houston.

"The judge we had set up to officiate the wedding had left town," explains Bryan. "So we had a marriage license that had a limited amount of days on it and we were running out."

Bryan secured a pastor.

"I contacted a church, Guadalajaran Ministries, that's next to my business off of Kuykendahl and fortunately, he was available," remembers Bryan.

There was a minor setback. The minister didn't speak a syllable of English.

"Well, there was a translator there," says Chantel.

Sticking with the 'strange' theme, both the pastor and the translator were named Jose Cruz. Photos snapped just after the three-minute-long ceremony show the blushing bride wore a pink t-shirt and jeans. As for Bryan, he wore the best Harley Davidson pullover that money could buy.

The wedding photographer?

"Of course back then, we only had our flip phones because this is ten years ago," adds Chantel.

On their tenth wedding anniversary as most people in Houston recall a day of destruction, Bryan and Chantel reminisce about one of the best days of their lives. Their marriage may have begun in a bizarre manner, but they did learn from the wedding experience.

"Be prepared for anything and go with the flow because the most important thing is that you end up getting married," says Chantel.

Happy 10th anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Sims!