Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday, leaving behind devastating damage, flooding and ruining Kerriann Otano’s wedding week that was two years in the making.
Otano and her now husband, Dane Suarez, met while participating in a capella at different universities in Indiana. After graduate school, they were eventually accepted to the same young artists opera program in Sarasota, Florida, and their friendship grew.
“We spent so much time together and got really close,” said Otano. “By the end of it, we realized we were more sad about leaving each other than we were excited about getting back to our normal lives so we decided we should try dating.”
As professional opera singers, the couple have worked through a long-distance relationship and a lot of time traveling, while the time they do spend together has included moving across three states.
Otano, however, always makes time for Topsail, NC and two years ago she brought along Suarez and his family to vacation with her family. That week, Otano’s cherished island full of childhood memories soon became a part of what would be the couple’s newest chapter in their love story.