Oil spill plays wedding crasher at LDS 'Garden' spot

While walking through the lush landscape of east Salt Lake City's Garden Park LDS Ward on Tuesday night, the bride-to-be got a headache.

An oil-spill headache.

Racine Raile and her fiancé, Robert Warner, decided that they could not subject their approximately 400 guests on July 1 to the toxic fumes emerging from Red Butte Creek, which streams by the popular wedding reception site in the Yalecrest neighborhood. They would have to switch locations, another headache of its own.

"Weddings in general are difficult, as far as family dynamics go, but trying to change a location and please everyone was really, really stressful," said Raile, a University of Utah nursing student. "We were so sad about it, because [Garden Park] is absolutely beautiful, one of the top spots in Utah for wedding receptions. Plus, that's where we fell in love, so it had a lot of sentimental meaning for us."

Chevron has been as "helpful as they could possibly be," agreeing to pay for a reception at Log Haven in Mill Creek Canyon, she said. "I am really disappointed, but I can't dwell on it."

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