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Originally published Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Some locals hunker down, but Irene powerless to stop wedding

Irene affects vacation — and wedding — plans of some area residents.

Seattle Times staff reporter

quotes Getting married on a Friday is a smart way to save some money on a great venue. Read more

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University of Washington student Kyle Rapinan had hoped to spend this week seeing New York City and visiting with friends in Brooklyn.

Instead, his hosts fled after the Hurricane Irene evacuation order and Rapinan is spending the weekend with another friend in the hosts' apartment near the mandatory evacuation zone, watching movies, shopping for bread and flashlight batteries, and waiting for the storm to pass and the subway to reopen.

They had been tracking the storm online and by watching CNN. But with 10 hours to go before Irene was expected to hit New York City, they were thinking about heading out into the weather for more supplies Saturday.

"It's kind of scary," he said. "It's like the first hurricane I've ever been in."

Down the coast, newlyweds Sean Foreman and Amanda Rasinski were feeling relief after they managed to get married in Ashford, Va. — about 20 miles from Washington, D.C. — before the arrival of Irene.

The couple had watched the forecasts anxiously as friends arrived from the Northwest over the past few days. But their Friday ceremony at a country club had "perfect weather," said Foreman, who grew up in Poulsbo.

After the party, they settled down at home to await the hurricane with family and friends from the Northwest who don't know whether they will be able to catch flights back to Seattle on Monday.

"I kind of feel bad for the people that are getting married today," Foreman said Saturday, looking out at the wind and drizzle.

At first, Foreman and Rasinski had hoped to marry Saturday, but their six-month engagement was too short to secure the venue they wanted on a weekend.

"It turned out to be a great decision because we not only saved a little bit of money ... but we also got the benefit of the better weather out of it," Foreman said.

Emily Heffter: 206-464-8246 or eheffter@seattletimes.com

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