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Groomsmen Or Frat Boys?
Groomsmen Or Frat Boys?

"I did freelance photography for a while after I graduated high school. I got hired, along with another photographer by a company to shoot a wedding. This company instructed us to get as many candid photos as possible per the request of the client. The other photographer was female so we split up during the preparation phase. I hung out with the groom and groomsmen and she went with the bride and bridesmaids. Her session with them was largely uneventful. Mine was...less so. It became clear that the groomsmen had been drinking for a while when I arrived and that did not stop. For the groomsmen, getting ready took only a few minutes. Put on tuxes, boom done. So we had a few hours to hang out while the bride got hair/makeup done. The groomsmen took full advantage of this period to get absolutely obliterated. I got a few good shots during this as the comradery between these guys was clear. Unfortunately, it was like a four-way enabling session as they poured each other more shots, played ill-advised drinking games, and tried to psych each other up for more of the same.

Once the time for the ceremony rolled around, they could barely walk straight, and the groom was the worst off of them. I broke away from them to get my position for the ceremony and let the other photographer know what a disaster this was getting ready to be. She told me that the bride had expressed concern that the groomsmen would get too wasted before the ceremony. We both just kinda braced ourselves for what was to come. The ceremony started and the groomsmen came up the aisle in a parade of painfully obvious inebriation. The groom stumbled and almost took a knee at one point, and almost completely face-planted stepping up to the little platform where they would say their vows. Then, the bridesmaids came in. Watching the anger and concern bloom on their faces as they took in the groomsmen standing unsteadily on the platform is hilarious in hindsight, but felt like a slow-motion train wreck at the moment.

Then the bride, oh god that poor bride. She entered the church and even through her veil you could tell she was alternating between fury and sadness. She stepped up to the little platform and in the silent moment between the music fading away just before the pastor could begin speaking, one of the groomsmen ripped a horrendously loud fart. The bride's face fell, half of the people in attendance started laughing while the other half let out a breathless, disgusted, gasp. The groom barely stifled a laugh and one of the other groomsmen turned and punched the farter in the arm. It was as if these dudes had no clue where they were or how important the event was to everyone but them, apparently. The other photographer and I did our best to get shots and just do the job we were getting paid to do. It was difficult to get any close-ups of the bride or groom as the bride settled on 'furious' for her facial expression for the remainder of the ceremony and the groom was a hammered sod who could barely focus his eyes on his bride. She uttered her vows through gritted teeth and he slurred through his while slowly rocking back and forth.

The reception only spiraled out from there. The groom threw up on the floor before the cake cutting and was hidden somewhere. After one of the groomsmen struck out with the bridesmaids, he set his sights on the other photographer. Eventually, our agreed upon time ran out and we got out of there. I handed off all of my RAW files to the company that hired me and wished them luck on editing that travesty."

Ignorance Is Bliss?
Ignorance Is Bliss?

"During the reception, I took a shot of the crowd. The bride was in one corner dancing and having fun. The groom was in another corner kissing a man. I literally screamed when I saw it. I deleted the picture in a panic and told myself maybe it was only wasted shenanigans. I don't think she noticed then. I never showed her the photo because I was 23 and didn't know what to do and freaked out. I'm still not sure what I should have done, honestly. How do you say, 'Hey, I accidentally took this photo, and are you guys poly or in an open relationship or did your new husband just cheat on your wedding day?'

This was maybe 4-5 years ago. The last I heard through the grapevine, she's pregnant now with their first kid."

Possibly The Worst Nervous Habit
Possibly The Worst Nervous Habit

"After 10 years of wedding photography, the worst thing I've seen was definitely this:

The moment before the ceremony, the groom got a bloody nose and sneezed blood onto the front of the bride's beaded dress. Apparently, he gets bloody noses when he gets nervous. We stopped taking photos and got emergency Sprite soda cleaning done in the hotel/ceremony location. I was asked to delete all the photos and keep the situation from the mother of the bride.

The bride was surprisingly understanding! Two hours of pre-ceremony photos cut short, but the blood was removed quick enough to not be noticeable for the ceremony. After review, I had a perfect, mid-sneeze shot with blood flying outta the groom's face. Sad to see that one edited."

The Unhappy Couple
The Unhappy Couple

"I got there way too early since I had to do some pictures of the place and some of the bride and groom pre-ceremony. I met the future husband and talked to him and his bride about what I would do. The ceremony started and everything was nice enough. I had to be ready all the time in case they called me or something happened so I was constantly close and scouting for them. At some point, the couple was no longer inside so I went around to look for them. I spotted them outside in the back of the place, which was a beautiful patio with nice decorations. They were close, just talking side by side with their heads slightly tilted towards each other. I thought, 'Aww yeah this is going to be a great picture,' and I tried to get a little closer without them looking. I took the picture with my zoom. Only then, they simultaneously noticed me and I noticed that they have the saddest faces I've seen on a bride and groom.

I asked if everything was okay and they said yes so I let it go. Not my place. But, when the party was almost over, the groom approached me. In the middle of the conversation, he said that the ceremony was so exhausting for them because they knew almost nobody there. It turned out the mother of the groom 'had' to have a wedding for her son. She orchestrated the whole thing without them knowing, and invited her friends and family, and then let them know that they would have to come from where they lived (which was far away) to their wedding. That was on top of the fact that the son wasn't on good terms with his mother and the bride hated her. Apparently, the mother was very abusive and manipulative. The only person the groom knew was his brother who got wasted as soon as the ceremony allowed him to. The bride knew nobody.

Later, looking at the photos I noticed that when the two were alone together they looked lovely and happy. But, their warmth would slightly die when the mother was present in the picture. That might be my confirmation bias, I don't know.

I remember that the groom said, 'I probably know you more than I know most people at this party.' He had me sit down, eat cake and drink with him and the bride and wait out the rest of the people.

I didn't send them that picture of them although I always wondered if I should have. They were very intimate and enduring a problem together and it was a very good picture outside the emotion."

Wedding Photos Meets Mission Impossible
Wedding Photos Meets Mission Impossible

"When my parents got engaged back early 90s, my dad had some mates who were loose cannons. One of them got wasted and found somebody's camera on a table unattended. So he got it, took a photo of his junk, and put the camera back. He then tells my dad about it later. My dad realizes there is only one person who is liable to leave their camera lying around like that...his soon to be father-in-law.

A few days later, my parents go to my mum's parent's place and get there whilst my grandparents' church pastor and his wife were over.

My grandma said, 'Oh, we just got the photos from the engagement party developed into slides! Let's look through them!' My grandad was trying to get the projector working. Meanwhile, my dad was trying to get rid of him so he could find the slide with the dong and get rid of it.

Luckily, my grandma came in and had a go at my grandad for being a bad host and told him he should go get the pastor and his wife something to drink. My dad agreed and told him to do that and he will take care of the slides. He found the slide, destroyed it and everyone else was none the wiser..."

Her Bold Fashion Choice Totally Backfired
Her Bold Fashion Choice Totally Backfired

"There was this aunt of the bride or groom (not sure which) who wore a dress that I'm pretty sure was actually meant to be a long blouse. She got plastered at the reception and was dancing in the middle of a circle of people so I peered in between two people and snapped some photos of her. I didn't realize until I'd gotten home and pulled them up on my computer that her 'dress' was bouncing up when she jumped and she was exposing herself.

This was a wedding that I shot for an event company. So, the way that works is that I just turn over the raw files to the company and an editor edits them and delivers the album to the client. I forgot to give them a heads up about the situation but you'd think they would notice. Nope.

I wound up seeing the couple's final album in the system after it had already been emailed to them, and lo and behold Aunty's crotch is in there.. and out there."

Bride Down!
Bride Down!

"It was last August, the day was really sunny and hot. I think the bride didn't eat or drink for several hours because she was nervous. The ceremony was outdoors and after it was finished, I was going to take a picture of the couple with all the guests standing in front of the wedding arch. So, people are gathering around the couple. There are 80 guests, so it takes some time to make sure that everyone is going to be visible in the picture.

Finally, everything is perfect. I say, 'Now everyone look in the camera and smile!' The bride closed her eyes and collapsed. The groom caught her right before she fell on the ground. It was so hot that day and she was probably dehydrated, so she fainted! And I captured that moment in my picture."

A Photo Booth Operator's Worst Nightmare
A Photo Booth Operator's Worst Nightmare

"I used to work for a photo booth company. We would have photo booths set up for weddings and the occasional birthday party. This coworker was typically a wedding photo booth operator. On this particular night, someone had one setup for a sweet 16, which involved kids from various ages. After an expected long night, I remember the usually energetic and plucky coworker named Pat walked back into the warehouse with this look of death on his face. I asked him what was wrong, and his response was, 'Do you think I'd get fired if I "accidentally" lost the data for tonight?'

It turns out that a girl around the age of 13-14 decided to flash her chest to the camera inside the photo booth. Per company policy, we had to save every photo and had to print out extra copies in case the clients lost or requested an additional copy. My coworker was accidentally in possession of explicit pictures, through no fault of his own."

Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace
Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace

"Around 2005, I was on a wedding production team that was tasked with filming the entire wedding. It was in a nice church and the entire wedding went smoothly without any issue. Then the priest asked about objections and out of the blue, a lady stood up and started talking. Because of where this lady was sitting, I was the closest camera in the area. I managed to move the camera a bit to get a closer shot of this lady. Our team didn't know what this was about. We thought it was some sort of prank from maybe the friends of the bride or groom which they didn't notify us about ahead of time.

Later, we found out this lady was actually the groom's former lover from another country. He was dating her for a while (5-6 years) and broke it off quite suddenly without a trace. Somehow, she managed to find out about this wedding and literally, fly to the wedding uninvited and managed to get in the church without causing any suspicion from the people of the family.

For around 10 minutes, this lady talked about the groom and the relationship between them. She explained how the groom just left her and literally cut ties between without any explanation and how it literally destroyed her during a time in need. She just wanted to warn the bride about the groom's dark past so, she wouldn't have to go through the same pain she had to go through. During this time, it was dead silent. The guests didn't say anything. You could see the groom was sweating and turning red in the face. As for the bride, she took it well for someone who just heard all this dark stuff of her future husband from someone who crashed her wedding.

When the lady finished her talk, the priest was flustered and shocked. The bride thanked the lady for telling her. But she said even with the info, she was going to go through with the wedding."

A Grand Entrance
A Grand Entrance

"My brother is a videographer who used to do weddings when he first started out. He once showed me a video of a bridesmaid falling down an entire LONG flight of stairs. The reception was at a classy hotel and they were introducing the bridal party in this lobby that had a beautiful staircase as the focal point. Not only were ALL of the guests there watching, but a ton of random people, too.

When she took her first step, the heel on her shoe went inward instead of straight up and down, sending her head first down like 20 steps, at the bottom of which she actually landed on her feet before sluggishly making her way off camera. On the video, you can hear the father of the groom tell my brother, 'She was top heavy!' and start laughing hysterically. Oh, and she wasn't wearing underwear."

Rain Was Only One Of Their Problems
Rain Was Only One Of Their Problems

"The wedding was on a pier. The couple and the planner kept checking the radar on their phones for rain to decide if they should do the wedding on the pier, or take it inside. I looked out on the pier and said to them, 'I don't know what your radar says, but those are rain clouds.' They made the call to do the ceremony on the pier anyway.

About three minutes into the ceremony, it started to rain. Out of nowhere, a man appeared with a heart shaped wicker box. I always ask the couple if there is anything different about the wedding I should be aware of. They never said anything to me about this, so I was caught off guard. Cool. Fine. I just keep shooting. He hands the box to the bride. She opens it up, and there are two doves in there. Ok. Pretty cool. I've heard of a dove release but had never actually seen one. But, these doves were NOT feeling it. They just sat there and were like, yeah, no, forget this, it's the beach and it's raining. The bride looks at bird handler. She looks back at the birds. Shakes the box. Nothing. He motions for her to scoot them out of the box. She reaches in there and they immediately flee the box. They both fly directly into her face. I shot in burst mode and got a pretty wild sequence of shots. One of the birds got caught in her hair, and she shook her head while swatting at the bird to free it.

Then the bottom falls out. Pouring rain and heavy winds. The officiant continues like nothing is happening. There is zero sense of urgency. People are just getting up and heading inside. One of the family members gets up in the middle of the aisle and starts screaming and chanting. 'JUST SAY I DO! KISS!' They ido, and it starts raining even harder. I backpedal down the pier as they run through the rain. The shots of them running through the rain are actually pretty beautiful.

The whole wedding was a complete mess. They ended up telling me that I was the only thing that went right on their wedding day and that looking at my pictures made them happy, and that the pictures made the awful day look beautiful."

Battle Over A Bottle
Battle Over A Bottle

"The two sides of the family were not fans of one another. I was filming a nice moment where a gentleman was making baby talk to a baby in a push carriage. The baby reached for his bottle that had an adult beverage in it and the guy let the baby touch it. Well, the father of the kid grabbed the bottle and chucked it down the field then shouted at the guy, 'You don't give that to kids!' So the bottle guy got a mean mug and shoved the carriage a bit.

It was a total knee-jerk reaction from the father. Probably because he had beef with the other guy. I suspect he wanted any reason to get in this guy's face. The guy with the drink was totally innocent and the baby was just reaching for any random object like babies do. No matter what, I got it all on tape from about 20 feet away. Even got a cutaway of the smashed bottle the guy threw."

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