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    Ford F-150 generator saves wedding reception during power outage

    All of a sudden, the whole backyard turned black.

    The music stopped. The lights went out. Everyone just stood — still.

    Sadness filled the air. The wedding party had to end. No one could see anything.

    “I thought, ‘Oh, crap.’ But then we heard a generator across the street go on,” said the groom Vetrivel Chandrasekaran, 31, a mechanical engineer from Farmington Hills. “And this friend, Harish, said, ‘Yo. I have an F-150. I can just plug it in.’ I said, ‘Wait, that could actually work?'” 

    So, on that weekday night around 10 o’clock in August, after a big rainstorm delayed the reception nearly two hours already, this happened:

    “That F-150 plug saved the day,” said Chandrasekaran, who celebrated his birthday on that Aug. 11 night, too. 

    They plugged in power cords for tent lights, music and a massive sound system with speakers, amplifiers and microphones. The truck itself had four power outlets but multiple items were plugged into power strips and those were plugged into the truck. 

    “It was amazing,” said bride Rachna Nanda Kumar, 26, a data scientist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Everybody was just getting into their groove and, with the help of the F-150, the party lasted until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.”

    While the averted disaster left the bridal party stunned, the F-150 owners who worked at Ford just smiled. Because they knew the capabilities of the 2021 F-150 Hybrid pickup with an onboard generator would save the day.

    The wedding guests had used the outlets in the truck bed just days earlier to power some appliances and tools at their house in Royal Oak during a recent power failure.

    Ford CEO Jim Farley tweeted a video of the F-150 wedding incident on Wednesday, thanking the Ford employees for their ability to “bring the party back to life!”

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