While most couples in that position would have postponed or canceled their wedding, Christine Karmire made sure that their wedding happened at The Victorian in Youngsville just like she and Gannon had planned,
Every couple wants their wedding day to be nothing short of perfect and why not? After all, it's a celebration of love. But what would you do if one of the two was not present for the ceremony, sounds odd, right? A North Caroline bride was actually faced with such a situation after her groom fell ill with "severe food poisoning" on their special day. Christine Karmire knew that her wedding was on the verge of a nightmare, but she wasn't one for giving up. Deciding to make the best out of the sticky situation, the beautiful bride came up with a creative solution: She celebrated her wedding day alongside a mannequin of her groom, Gannon Karmire.
Gannon was reportedly in the hospital due to his condition on the day of their nuptials. While most couples in that position would have postponed or canceled their wedding, Christine made sure that their wedding happened at The Victorian in Youngsville just like they had planned, with a slight change. Speaking to PEOPLE, the bride shared that her husband was present at their nuptials in spirit as she celebrated the ceremony with "Stick Gannon," a rolling steamer that had pool cues so that it could be dressed in a suit, as well as her partner's smiling face, which was mounted at the top with the help of an iPad. She posed for pictures and even shared the first dance with her stick groom, which has to be the highlight of their evening.
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"When we think back on our wedding, bittersweet is the first word that comes to mind," shared the 26-year-old bride. "We were so happy to finally have our friends and family together, but of course, it did not play out how we had imagined." Things could have been worse and Christine is thankful that she got to celebrate the special day with her loved ones. "We do believe that with the hand we were dealt, it could not have gone any better than it did. We still felt loved and celebrated by everyone and are so appreciative of their support," she added.
The unique, groom-less wedding reportedly happened last month on November 14, when Gannon, 28, fell in right after waking up. "He wasn't feeling sick enough for us to contemplate seeing a doctor until about two hours before the ceremony was supposed to start, and then it got worse very quickly," recalled the young woman. "At that point, we were just nervous for his health and the status of the wedding was an afterthought." Surely, you must be wondering why the couple did not just postpone their wedding when the groom himself could not attend his own wedding. Well, there's a perfectly sane reason for that.
As it turns out, it isn't the first time that the pair ran into trouble while planning their wedding. Due to the pandemic, they had to postpone their wedding but they did tie the knot in an intimate, family-only backyard ceremony in July 2020. The ceremony was then rescheduled to September 2020 but just a week before the big day, Christine tested positive for COVID-19 just the date had to be moved again. "All of our vendors were so gracious and accommodating," noted the husband. "And we are so thankful to Brian from The Victorian for handling all of this for us while we focused on Christine getting healthy."
They thought, third time's the charm but Gannon fell ill this time. However, the couple was determined to carry on with the ceremony despite the trying circumstances. Apparently, Gannon did make it back to the venue for a small ceremony after dinner that day but "as we've seen, nothing ever really goes to plan and so while I made a brief appearance at the end of the reception so Christine could take me home, we simply weren't able to [do more]," he explained. "I am so glad our friends and family still got to enjoy time with her and the event we worked so hard to plan did not go to waste." All's well that ends well, am I right?Disclosure: This post uses affiliate links from online retailers that allow readers to purchase merchandise, for which we may or may not receive a commission. Our content is not influenced by these partnerships.