Miramar beach wedding featured on national television
Clear skies and a wedding were in the forecast for one lucky couple in Miramar Beach last month thanks to The Weather Channel.
The Weather Channel awarded Austin Baker and Taylor Wenzel with live coverage and an in-depth look at their lives and wedding festivities after the couple were chosen as the winners of The Weather Channel Wedding Contest.
The special series titled “Weekend Recharge: Wedding Edition” aired June 23 and saw on-camera meteorologists Paul Goodloe and Maria LaRosa bring the weather and a wedding to the beach behind Surfside Resort in Miramar Beach.
“This is the first time doing what we call ‘crashing the wedding,’” LaRosa said. “Well, it wasn’t so much the crashing part, we were definitely invited.”
LaRosa explained that couples across the country with the wedding date of June 23 were encouraged to enter the wedding contest and in the end, Weather Channel producers chose the winning couple based on the most unique story.
The Weather Channel decided to select Baker and Wenzel because of their service to the community, LaRosa said, as the two are paramedics who had a hand in offering aid when their hometown of Abbeville, Louisiana, was impacted by severe weather in the 2016 Louisiana floods and Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
“I told Taylor, ‘I don’t know how you are doing it all!’” LaRosa said. “She works as an EMT and is going to school to become a meteorologist and is planning a wedding. Whatever she does I know she will do well.”
As for Austin and Taylor, they said entering and winning The Weather Channel Wedding Contest was a whirlwind.
“We were actually at work watching ('America’s Morning Headquarters') and I saw our wedding date on the screen and thought, ‘Why is our wedding date on the screen?’” said Taylor. “I read about it later on Facebook and thought, ‘We should send an email about this, what’s the possibility of our wedding doing this?’”
Taylor said that she and her groom-to-be Austin submitted an email and soon received a response saying they were in the top five couples chosen for the on-air wedding segment and they needed to submit a one-minute video for review.
“Just to give you a timeline on all of this, this was just two and a half weeks before the wedding,” laughed Austin. “Then they called to say, ‘You guys won, but you can’t tell anyone until the day before your wedding.’”
The Weather Channel crew flew to Louisiana to film a biography segment just days before the couple were scheduled to leave for Destin; a detail that Austin said “put everything into overdrive.”
As for the wedding itself, both the couple and The Weather Channel said it was an amazing experience.
“Honestly it’s just something that took it to the next level,” said Austin. “Just having it be on TV and being interviewed. If we got anything out of it, we got to be on TV for our wedding, we had fantastic weather and met a lot of great people, so overall it was a really great experience.”
“I’m a big mush,” said LaRosa when asked about the experience. “To see Taylor and Austin walking down the aisle, they just looked so beautiful and happy, the way they did the wedding and the backdrop with the color of the water, you can see why people would want to do it here in Miramar Beach.”