WATCH: 'Wedding from Hell' gets a reprise

Posted at 2:47 PM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 14:47:26-04

CINCINNATI -- Paul and Cindy Bowen had something old and something new. Then the clouds kind of grew, and then the wind blew.

Their wedding day at Ault Park turned into a weather disaster.

The Bowens' reception was Friday night, as storms dumped rain on the Tri-State, hitting especially hard in the city's East Side neighborhoods.

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"It was heartbreaking for me to watch my little sister watch her wedding get destroyed," the bride's sister, Megan Kline, said.

The caterer, Jeff Thomas, said tables went flying; nearly all the centerpieces were left mangled.

He said he'd never seen anything like it.

"I've been doing park events for more than 20 years of my 30 year career," Thomas said.

But once the storm blew past, the cleanup was on and they moved indoors.

The Bowens didn't have wedding event insurance; the reception only turned out to be a good time because the new bride told her guests to have fun.

"'Now go cut a rug on the dance floor,'" she recalled telling her guests. "And they grabbed their drinks and they did not stop until after midnight."

The Bowens reception turned into so much fun, Thomas and the wedding designer said they will try it again -- for free -- by throwing the Bowens another event.

"They wanted to throw us another party on Halloween and call it 'The Wedding from Hell' because neither of them had seen anything like it," Cindy Bowen said.

Watch the video above to see dramatic moments from the wedding wash-out.