Love triumphs after cancelled cruise crushes Houston couple's hopes


by Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 14 at 7:20 PM

KEMAH, Texas—Summer Gallagher and Luke Cash got engaged in 2003. Ten years later, they finally had everything set for their fantasy wedding.

"There has been quite a few snags," said Luke Cash. "Our jobs get in the way. We had a birth get in the way."

So they planned a destination wedding to Cozumel for Valentine’s Day. Dozens of friends and family would join them.

"This time, it seemed perfect," said Cash.

"There was no way it was going to mess up this wedding. No," Summer Gallagher said. She spoke way too soon.

A cruise ship called Triumph messed up their plans. They were supposed to depart on Monday, but the cruise was cancelled.

"From there, it was damage control with the bride and it was not a pretty picture," said Cash.

He called a family meeting with the 30 folks already gathered at Kemah’s Boardwalk Inn to try to figure out what to do.

"It was a catastrophe, an absolute catastrophe," said Lana Creff, the groom’s mother.

The manager of the Boardwalk Inn, Dahalia Pena, overheard the crisis and offered to come to the rescue.

"It just seems like all the stars aligned. We had the opportunity and the boat was available," Pena said.

The yacht called FantaSea was booked for a Valentine’s dinner cruise tonight. But it was available in the afternoon.

From disaster to destiny -- on a different boat.

"To see her smiling. I thought that she would not smile again for a while," Creff said.

In the end, the Valentine’s Day vows were said two hours later and a thousand miles away from the original plan. But still in the presence of loved ones and on the water,

"It is one of those things that I would call impossible and then immediately say, ‘You should never say things are impossible,’" said the bride.

After a decade of being a fiancé, she’s finally the blushing bride.

"We could have rushed and done it at any point. Our relationship deserves, after all these years, something more than running to the courthouse," Summer Cash said.

And in the end, love triumphs all.