In this Saturday, June 7, 2014, photo provided by Josh Newton, newlyweds Michael Wolber and April Hartley pose for a picture near Bend, Ore., as a wildfire burns in the background.
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June 10, 2014 10:08 AM EDT

A brush fire turned wildfire cut an Oregon wedding ceremony short Saturday afternoon, but not before the Aloha pair got to say “I do.”

A fire truck rolled up to Rock Spring Ranch near Bend, and guests of Michael Wolber and April Hartley were told to evacuate. The minister conducted an abbreviated ceremony before the wedding party was moved to Drake Park in Bend.

Wedding photographer Josh Newton posted the above photo on Facebook Sunday, and since then, it has racked up more than 88,000 likes and 8,400 shares.

“It was like a movie,” Wolber told The Oregonian.

Actually, it was like a TV show. In the season 5 finale of Modern Family, which aired last month, the same-sex wedding between Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) had to be relocated before the ceremony even began because a wildfire got too close — not to mention the minister’s water broke.

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