Shocking video footage that has gone viral captured the moment a beautiful bride recently dislocated her leg during her first dance, resulting in her having to rush to the emergency room on her big day.
As weddings slowly start to become normal again after COVID-19 restrictions have been eased as of July 19, events like these can return back to being big and fantastically fun. But although weddings can now be big and eventful again, we didn't say they will be perfect. And for many, weddings involve a lot of hiccups and mishaps.
Well, this is exactly what Paul Richter and Julie Benn recently experienced when they finally got to tie the knot after months of delays due to the pandmeic.
Paul's sister, Liz, originally took to TikTok to share the special moment when the couple got to share their first dance together as husband and wife.
"Best day of their lives," she wrote as the pair danced together, "Until the first dance," she wrote.
The clip then shows Paul looking at his wife with nothing but love in his eyes... but as he cascaded her backward, Julie's leg clearly buckles and she suddenly cries out in pain and shock.
Paul is then seen supporting her as she limps across the dance floor before the video cuts to her laid out on a stretcher in her elegant wedding gown as she's taken to the hospital due to a dislocated leg. Ouch.
The ending of the TikTok video shows Julie in a cast as she has nothing left to do but recover from her injury of a lifetime.
Speaking to PEOPLE, Paul recalled: "[Her knee] went out and Julie looked at me right away and she goes, 'I dislocated my knee.' Just like that, she knew. So then my mindset goes from like, 'Oh yeah, we're having a great dance right now,' to, 'All right, get her a chair.'"
Julie doesn't know what caused her knee to give way (she says she was even wearing flats instead of heels to play it safe while dancing). What she does know, however, was that she was in excruciating pain.
"He's holding my entire body weight and my dress, which is massive," she remembers. "And I'm like, 'I need to get a chair.' I'm simultaneously screaming. One of our dear friends is an orthopedic physical therapist, she works on knees. I saw her face, and I'm screaming."
"[They're] holding my knee in place, supporting it, and it was blinding, searing pain," Julie added. "I have a lot of respect for athletes who play through their injuries. I never dislocated a knee. I broke a bone when I was a kid, but nothing else. So it was shocking, disbelief."
At least this bride get's to test her hubby's "in sickness and in health" vows out earlier than she would have originally hoped and even though she may have spent a little bit longer at the hospital than most on their wedding day, at least she had her beloved by her side!
"I can't imagine what it would have been like to have a normal wedding at this point," Paul said. "But the love and support and everything we felt has been amazing."
And let's face it, it's something to tell the grandchildren, right?