A thrifty bride from Lincoln, Nebraska wound up paying dearly because of her choice of DIY wedding decorations.
Christine Miller and her new husband Jon recently purchased a gorgeous 29-acre plot of land, and the crafty bride decided to incorporate her homestead into their wedding. In the past, she had picked a beautiful white flower from the hills near her house, and decided to use them to decorate the ceremony.
Christine and her bridesmaids filled a pickup truck bed with the white flowers, and the happy bride spent that night before her wedding making dozens of centerpieces, flower crowns, corsages, bouquets, boutonnieres, and floral arrangements with her mother.
But when she woke up the next morning, Christine made the tragic decision to wash her face with her hands. In just a few hours, her face was painfully swollen, with red and bumpy eyes. Christine says that her skin felt like sandpaper, and none of the allergy medication she took did anything.
Despite the painful reaction (and the missing wedding rings, which were forgotten in all the chaos), the young bride went through with her ceremony that afternoon, holding a bouquet of those white flowers. The pastor tried to rush through the vows, because it was painful for Christine to even blink.
But that was just the start of the bride's disastrous wedding day.
As soon as the ceremony was over, Christine and her husband Jon rushed to the emergency room.
It turned out the white flower she had picked was snow-on-the-mountain, a toxic plant which is known to kill cows if they eat too much of it. Luckily, Christine's reaction wasn't that bad. After getting a steroid shot, eye drops and pain medications, the couple headed back to their reception, just three and a half hours late.
Despite the pain and discomfort, the new couple are choosing to stay positive about their chaotic wedding day. "It's a fun story to tell, " Christine told the Omaha World-Herald. "We spent more time together than we would have on our wedding day. In the ER, but still."
And in the end, the young couple learned an important lesson about what really matters in life. Christine couldn't bring herself to keep wearing her wedding dress at the reception, so Jon found her comfy PJs with "Bride" on the shirt from Target.
"He's always been like that,'' she said. "I can see how hard he works in keeping me happy every single day." And she hopes other brides will take a lesson from her experience.
"Focus on the big picture,'' she said. "It's so hard to do that when you're trying to compare your wedding to other people. You are literally getting married. We make it such a big deal in all the wrong areas."
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[H/T: Omaha World-Herald]