San Antonio couple weds amid post-Easter park clean-up

Campers leave Brackenridge Park full of garbage after holiday

Published On: Apr 01 2013 05:24:39 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2013 06:16:49 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Newlyweds Michael and Amanda Helminiak said they were aware of the Easter tradition at Brackenridge Park, but not the magnitude of garbage it generated.

Still, the couple wed Monday afternoon at the Joske Pavilion after a hurried morning clean-up.

Helminiak, an emergency room nurse at University Hospital, started his wedding day by arriving early with a push broom.

"Confetti everywhere. There was literally raw chicken on the ground. Opened, like, economy-sized refried beans had spilled everywhere," Helminiak said.

But his bride, a psychiatry resident, was unaware how bad it was.

"Oh, God, no. We weren't going to tell her," Dr. Joe Helminiak said with a laugh.

When she found out, Helminiak said her husband's efforts left her speechless.

"He's helped out so much. It's a good sign of things to come," she said.

Her new husband said other family member also pitched in, until Parks & Recreation crews saw their plight with only hours to spare.

"They actually pulled people from other parks to help us get cleaned up in time. They deserve a lot of thanks for this," he said.

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