Couple have warm wedding in unheated downtown church

Getting married in temperatures ranging between 10 and 15 degrees is rarely a couples' idea of a perfect wedding.

Yet that's exactly what happened to two Montrealers when water infiltration disabled the furnace at Saint-James United Church only a day before their wedding.

Rev. Arlen Bonnar says repairmen weren't able to begin repairs before the ceremony. So staff had to find another way to cut the cold.

"We weren't able to get the boiler connected earlier as we had intended but we did have some small heaters going enough to take the edge off of things," Bonnar explained.

"People were in good spirits."

A burst in a sprinkler system pipe caused a devastating flood early Friday morning that destroyed the building's heating system.

The damage to the building is currently valued at over $300,000. Fortunately, the church's historic organ was spared.

"We were very lucky. This water damage came within feet of the organ and to our knowledge, there hasn't been any visible damage at all", Rev. Bonnar told CJAD.

Full repairs to the church's heating system are expected to begin by Wednesday.

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