If you were given a choice to change a flat tire in your wedding dress OR hitchhike to the ceremony, which would you choose? Wind, rain, snow, tornadoes — there are too many potentially hazardous situations to count that can happen on a wedding day and ruin your perfect plans. But one brave New Hampshire bride wasn't going to let a little wedding transport snafu stop her from walking down the aisle — so she did just that... hitchhiked!
Angelique Arsenault was on her way to her wedding reception on a remote road in Brookline, New Hampshire when the unthinkable happened: Her limo carrying her bridesmaids and family got a flat tire on Russell Hill Road. With her bridal party in tow, she did what any bride who had been waiting 11 years to get hitched would do; she put on her big girl pants, swigged a little champs, jumped out of her limo, and put her thumb up to catch a ride. (Can we also just note that the wedding venue's name is The Mile Away but was actually seven rural miles from where the limo broke down? How is that for serious irony.)
She shared her story with CBS Boston, noting that at first it was no big deal — until they realized that they were stuck. "The limo driver gets out of the car, I'm like, 'it's fine. Maybe he just hit something. He gets back in, opens up the back window, and says, 'you've a flat tire,'" Arsenault's maid of honor shared. But the prognosis wasn't good in such a desolate area as there was no help to be found.
When Arsenault got out of the car in her Sophia Tolli dress, it was quite the site to see. "It didn't even seem real at the time, but it happened," she noted. "We just laughed about it. We actually had cars driving by us and they just took pictures and left and then finally someone actually stopped to see if we needed a ride," she said. Finally, one good Samaritan actually stopped, a driver by the name of Jay. Unfortunately for the bridal party, his car was filled with children. Determined to help, he dropped them off, returned to the limo spot, and asked the bride where she wanted to go (looks like there's a 5-star UBER gig in your future, buddy).
Despite the craziness of the situation at the time and only arriving 30 minutes late to the ceremony, the bride is happy to report that the rest of the evening went off without a hitch. Luckily the wedding can't start without the lady of honor, so she didn't miss a thing.
Looking back, Arsenault realizes that the kindness of a stranger totally saved her day. "It pretty much made the whole day," she noted to CBS. "Everyone was laughing all night about it. It's going to be a story we'll remember forever." Hey if rain on your wedding day is good luck, then a flat tire and hitchhiking situation that turns out just fine means that you're pretty much in the clear in the luck department.