The story behind the fainting bridesmaid and a one-of-a-kind wedding photo
Something unexpected happened when Kevin Kennedy Ryan and his bride were about to have their first kiss as a married couple.
No matter how hard you try, there’s always something that doesn’t go according to plan at a wedding.
And no-one knows this more than Kevin Kennedy Ryan, who got married to the love of his life Jessica three years ago.
To reminisce, Kevin, 28, shared a photo of the moment he and his bride were about to have their first kiss as a married couple on Twitter.
However, at the exact same moment, his half-sister Grace fainted and fell face-down on the floor.
Three years ago, I married the love of my life and my sister fell over pic.twitter.com/9jaSazmiir— Kevin Kennedy Ryan II 🌹 (@K_47) July 25, 2018
Speaking to the Press Association, Kevin, who is originally from Atlanta, US, but now lives in Sheffield in the UK, explained: “It was a sweltering summer’s day in Chicago, must have been 36-38 degrees.
“We’d been out on the lake in the sun all afternoon taking pictures and then the ceremony was at 6pm in this converted loft with giant floor-to-ceiling windows.
“We were all running around so frantically that day that none of us had probably consumed enough food or water, so I think the heat ended up winning the day over my sister’s ability to stay conscious through the ceremony.
1) my sister fainted at the exact moment the judge says you may kiss the bride— Kevin Kennedy Ryan II 🌹 (@K_47) July 25, 2018
2) hell naw
3) it's a real split second photograph, a few seconds later we were all over her!
5) https://t.co/FhEa87MINg (don't think the boy is on Twitter)
“It was immediately after the judge said, ‘You may now kiss the bride’, we were making our first embrace as a married couple and all of a sudden heard a thud.
“It took a moment or two to clock what had happened and then we looked down and saw my sister on the floor. Everyone was stunned, initially we were all scared for her thinking it could be more serious than just a quick fainting.”
As worried guests quickly gathered around her, Kevin said his sister “came back to consciousness within 30 seconds”.
Not a scratch!— Kevin Kennedy Ryan II 🌹 (@K_47) July 27, 2018
He added: “We were all just glad she was OK.”
Kevin said that Grace was a little flustered and embarrassed, worried that she may have ruined the wedding.
He said: “We assured her she hadn’t and we were all laughing about it 10 minutes later.
Yeah, we restarted the first kiss once my sister was ok and sitting down :)— Kevin Kennedy Ryan II 🌹 (@K_47) July 27, 2018
“She was absolutely fine once she’d had a sit down and a glass of water.
“We resumed the ceremony – with Grace sitting down this time – and had our first kiss for the second time and then everyone enjoyed the rest of the night.”
Photographer Sean Cook, of Sean Cook Weddings, was on hand to recapture the moment for the second time and Kevin says he and his family cherish both photos.