Colleen Niska, a photographer based in Saskatchewan, Canada, got the surprise of her career when a tornado made a surprise appearance in the background of a couple's wedding photos. The couple, whom she has not identified, was married in Saskatchewan on Saturday, and Niska shared the pictures on Facebook with this comment: "I've dreamed about a day like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Could NOT wait to post these! Pretty sure this will only happen once in my lifetime!" The beautiful blue sky in the background is offset by a swirling cloud in the background, but the bride and groom walk blissfully along the road hand-in-hand, unaware of what's behind them.
Almost as soon as Niska published the pictures online, they went viral. So far, the photo gallery has more than 22,000 likes and 15,000 shares. "So this is probably the best wedding photo of all time!" wrote one commenter. "Just throw the camera away now it will be hard to ever top these photos. Unreal," wrote another.
A Canadian news station confirms that two tornadoes touched down near the town of Outlook, which is about an hour away from where the couple was married. The bride and groom said that the wind blew a tent over, but otherwise the reception was a success and no one was injured.
And some commenters believe the tornado in the background might have symbolism. "I love how they are so into each other no matter what storm life brings. Very meaningful," one commenter wrote, while others drew metaphors such as "weathering the storm." And for Niska, the artistic achievement also has had a professional payoff. She gained 7,000 new Facebook fans in the past week alone. Still, there's one potential downside to her newfound celebrity: Several commenters on Facebook have already started requesting that she get tornadoes in their pictures, too. Thank goodness for Photoshop.