When a big day disaster strikes, even the calmest bride could panic at the thought of her wedding going up in flames. But when that scenario became all too literal for one New Jersey bride, she decided that she wasn't about to let her celebration burn out. In fact, she realized that her wedding day mishap made for one heck of a photo op! When the smell of smoke and the threat of fire led to an emergency evacuation of Allison Russoniello and Kevin Duffy's wedding, they turned what could've been a total buzzkill into a red hot reception. Here's what went down...
The bride and groom were on the dance floor post-vows, when their recent big day suddenly took a big turn. An employee of the venue grabbed the microphone and informed the party that they were under emergency evacuation.
"My family is all jokers and pranksters, so I was like, this is funny, who set this one up, where's the joke?" Russoniello told Today. But with guests smelling smoke and fire alarms going off, this bride very quickly realized that there was no joke. After all of their guests had safely moved outside, firefighters began storming the building. This was serious.
But why let a little old emergency spoil your big day? This bride wasn't about to let anything rain on (or burn down) her parade. "We figured we would make lemonade out of lemons when we can," Russoniello explained to Inside Edition. "What am I going to do? Sit in a corner and cry? I'll ruin my makeup."
So as the wedding party waited it out, the bride and groom climbed aboard the firetruck to snap some wedding pics that'll definitely standout on that Facebook feed! Soon after, firefighters announced that the smell was coming from a faulty fridge and cleared the building for the party to continue. And the newlyweds were so grateful to them for saving the day, they invited their new heroes to join in!
And that's how this wedding reception grew to include a fire department, whose members were all too happy to lift the bride up for quite possibly the coolest wedding photo, ever. The DJ even hammed up the theme of the night by playing tunes like Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire," and Sean Kingston's "Fire Burning." Now this is how you handle a big day disaster!
After their memorable night came to close, the bride and groom headed home... where they discovered that their basement was flooded with five inches of water. Yes, really."We had to laugh it off," said Russoniello.
Chillest. Bride. Ever.