When one happy couple leaned in for a kiss, not everything went to plan…
Some of the world’s finest wedding photography is purely a matter of chance.
Take the couple bathed by an ethereal glow moments before Storm Ophelia hit in Northumberland, for example, or the bride and groom who appeared to walk on water after heavy rainfall over the salt flats of Utah.
So, even if you’re one of those photographers who’s willing to hang upside down from a tree to get the perfect shot, you may as well concede that - no matter how hard you try - fate will always deliver the best hand.
That’s certainly the case for Sheffield duo Kevin and Jess Ryan-Smith.
Kevin took to Twitter to mark their third anniversary recently, sharing a unique wedding photo that quickly went viral.
At first glance, the image appears to be your typical kiss-the-bride snap; until you notice the bridesmaid passed out in the background.
Kevin explained that the woman in question - his sister - “fainted at the exact moment the judge says you may kiss the bride”.
It was “a split-second photograph,” he explains, “A few seconds later we were all over her!”
Naturally, the people of Twitter leapt upon this saga, with Kevin’s photo prompting an uproar of reaction.
I really hope you have this framed! This is the best wedding picture I’ve ever seen!— Craig Drought (@CraigDrought) July 26, 2018
The look of only very mild concern on the face of the other bridesmaid makes it perfect. (Hope your sister was okay.)— Gummitch #FBPE (@gummitch_uk) July 26, 2018
Typical sister trying to grab all the attention 😬— Mark George (@mpgeorge84) July 26, 2018
Great pic btw!
Do you have this photo on display? I would...it's awesome! Capturing a tender moment, you can see the love in your eyes as if you're the only two people in the room...and then you notice a pair of legs sticking out and the look on the bridesmaids face! 😂— Debbi McCumiskey (@_MissJune_) July 26, 2018
After a rough week at work this tweet had me laughing hysterically. Thank you— Eunice Clark (@EuniceNP42) July 28, 2018
Luckily, the bridesmaid in question came out unscathed.
And she can take heart from the fact that fainting at weddings is far from an uncommon occurrence…
if it makes you feel any better, my dad fainted approximately 5 mins after saying ‘I do.’ my mom asked what happened to him and my aunt replied w “it doesn’t matter now. you’re stuck with him”— lili (@lili_nicole_) July 27, 2018
Dude… that happened at a wedding I was at years ago. The groom, his uncle and then his cousin all fainted with in two minutes.— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) July 28, 2018
We had to finish the ceremony at the reception during the bride and groom‘s first dance cuz the groom never successfully completed the vows!!
That’s funny because I was the one that fainted at that exact same moment at my friends wedding. I was a bridesmaid and thankfully someone was standing behind me and saw me wavering so the grabbed me by the scruff of my little fur jacket and dragged me to a chair. 🤣— Lena Hall (@LenaRockerHall) July 27, 2018
I went to a wedding where first a bridesmaid fainted and fell down some steps... then the ride fainted, twice! The minister was cute and at the end said the bride had already fallen for her new husband! It was insane though!— Lindsay Dickinson (@Lindsay5607) July 28, 2018
As far as kiss-the-bride moments go, this one trumps the lot.
At a time when all photos are filtered and edited to within an inch of their lives, it stands out for its sheer renegade value.
No carefully positioned veils or artful glimpses of sunlight: it’s just life, in all its messy brilliance.
Also, it’s a great metaphor for the kind of gut-busting effort involved in your average bridesmaid gig.
Exorbitant hen nights, place decorations, keeping the bride happy - the list of tasks never ends.
As one Twitter user puts it:
Still, all’s went that ends well.
“We restarted the first kiss once my sister was OK and sitting down,” Kevin says. “Everything was pretty normal for the rest of the evening.”
Photos: Twitter, Unsplash