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A California man and a Canadian woman who met just 24 hours before they escaped a deadly mass shooting together have since fallen in love and married.

On Sept. 30, 2017, Austin Monfort first noticed Chantal Melanson at a Las Vegas country bar. The two strangers were both in town for the Route 91 Harvest festival, a three-night event featuring top country acts and up-and-coming artists.

With the second night of the festival winding down, Monfort thought he’d try his luck and approached Melanson — only to be quickly rejected.

The report explains that at first, Melanson, 29, having fun with her girlfriends, just teased Monfort about not wearing boots at a country bar, but didn’t take him seriously. However, when he approached her again and asked her to dance, she accepted.

The next night, they met again to watch the final performances of the country music festival together. That’s when gunshots rang out from the Mandalay Bay hotel, in what turned out to be the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history by one person, killing 58 people and wounding 413. (A 59th victim died in November 2019.) Adding in those who were injured by the panic of trying to escape, a total of 869 people were hurt.

Monfort, 24, told People, “We were just listening to music having a good time, until we realized that the noises weren’t fireworks, they were gunshots. Then it became, ‘Am I going to survive this, how much longer until police can make it stop, and how do we get out of here?’ ”

He said his first thought was to just protect Melanson, because she was with him and not her friends. “I felt like not only did I have to get myself out, but also her. Keeping her calm and getting her out kept me calm, and didn’t allow me to panic.”

With bullets flying into the crowd, the two stayed together and ran for their lives.  Later, they stayed in touch, visited one another, fell in love, got engaged, and got married.

Their story unfolds on an Instagram account, “tragedytolove,” beginning with a post in August 2019 by Melanson, as follows:

Who doesn’t love a good love story? This is mine.
October 2017 my love for everything country brought me to Las Vegas with my girlfriends for the Route 91 country festival. A weekend of what I expected to be filled with cowboy boots, country music and country boys turned into a weekend that would mark the rest of this wild journey I call life.

Austin and I met at Gilleys the second night of the concert. No one told us that New York New York’s rollercoaster doesn’t run at 3am so we opted for pizza instead. We made plans to meet up on the last day of the festival and I didn’t give it much more thought other than he was cute and we seemed to hit it off.

While listening to country music and dancing we soon found ourselves on the ground with gunshots that seemed to be coming from every direction. Austin never left my side that night. Hand in hand and complete strangers we ran across the entire festival grounds trying to escape the gunfire. We found ourselves in a taxi with a wounded spectator. Rushed to the hospital we stayed there into the morning.

In the coming days Austin went back to California and I Canada. However that wasn’t the end of friendship and 6 weeks later Austin boarded a flight to Canada. Since then we have not spent more than 6 weeks apart from each other and I wouldn’t have my life any other way✈️💑💕

 

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Who doesn’t love a good love story? This is mine. October 2017 my love for everything country brought me to Las Vegas with my girlfriends for the Route 91 country festival. A weekend of what I expected to be filled with cowboy boots, country music and country boys turned into a weekend that would mark the rest of this wild journey I call life. Austin and I met at Gilleys the second night of the concert. No one told us that New York New York’s rollercoaster doesn’t run at 3am so we opted for pizza instead. We made plans to meet up on the last day of the festival and I didn’t give it much more thought other than he was cute and we seemed to hit it off. While listening to country music and dancing we soon found ourselves on the ground with gunshots that seemed to be coming from every direction. Austin never left my side that night. Hand in hand and complete strangers we ran across the entire festival grounds trying to escape the gunfire. We found ourselves in a taxi with a wounded spectator. Rushed to the hospital we stayed there into the morning. In the coming days Austin went back to California and I Canada. However that wasn’t the end of friendship and 6 weeks later Austin boarded a flight to Canada. Since then we have not spent more than 6 weeks apart from each other and I wouldn’t have my life any other way✈️💑💕 . . . . . #route91 #love #countrystrong #vegasstrong #lovewins #country #route91strong #strongertogether #myforever #soulmate #tragedytolove #ourlovestory #followforfollow #gilleyslasvegas #countrygirl #countryfestival #instalove #lasvegas #bestlovestory #instagood #route91survivor #route91harvest #buzzfeed #lovestoriesintimates #theknot #howwemet #ellendegeneres #ellendegeneresshow #ldrcouples #likeforlikes @huffpost

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The Instagram account is filled with beautiful photos of the couple, as they share their story in daily posts.

Another post, dated Nov. 1, 2019, announces the two are getting married that day, in a small ceremony, with a larger wedding planned for May:

Today is the day 👰🏻🤵🏻
As most of you know Austin and I did the k1 visa. Once everything is approved and I am living in the States we need to get married in 90 days.
It’s nearly impossible to plan a wedding in 90 days when you have no idea when everything is approved. That being said we get to have two weddings (I’m not complaining about that haha)
November 1, 2019 is our legal court house wedding followed by a brewery reception and May 8, 2020 is the big wedding with all our family and friends in Las Vegas 💞

Nov. 12, 2019:

To be honest we struggled planning a courthouse wedding 💒
We got married at the court house to complete the k 1 visa.
Austin wanted to keep things very small as we have a big wedding in May and I was getting excited and adding more details everyday 🤷🏻‍♀️
We compromised on a very small ceremony, and a gathering at the brewery.
One thing that was non negotiable was the photographer 📸
We are so pleased with how our pictures turned out and we cannot wait for the actual wedding 💛

Jan. 8, 2020:

March 12, 2020:

An April 17, 2020 post reads:

Train your mind to see the good in every situation! 💕
Our wedding plans might be up in the air, bachelorette cancelled and can’t plan our honeymoon. Immigration paperwork is at a standstill, can’t work yet.
But I still have the best thing that’s ever happened to me, and I get to be quarantined and spend everyday with you!

On May 11, 2020, she wrote:

Our wedding was suppose to be Friday. Although we didn’t have the wedding we still wanted to celebrate us. We had a wonderful evening date in the backyard, with a few of our wedding signs, a wonderful dinner and champagne 🍾 💕
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Our hearts go out to everyone who had to postpone their weddings during covid, so much planning goes into the special day and it’s heartbreaking to have to cancel such a special day.

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