Sometimes, the difference between having good luck and bad luck on your wedding day is merely a matter of perspective. Iowa couple Krissi Buhrow and Shane McCollow could have felt like it was the worst luck that their bus began to fill with smoke while taking them from from Cedar Falls to their wedding chapel in Nashua on Feb. 25.
“I was worried that it might stop and we may not get to the church,” Buhrow told the Des Moines Register. The bus had been hot from the beginning of their 35-mile trip, and after the driver ran the air conditioner and then turned it off, the situation worsened. “I just knew something wasn’t right because of the smell and smoke.”
They had the very good luck to make it, though, and right after all the people and liquor (yikes!) had been safely removed from the vehicle, it burst into flames.
“It sounded like a gunshot,” McCollow told the Register.
While they waited for the fire department to arrive, Michael Buhrow, the bride’s father and a captain of fire prevention at the Cedar Falls Fire Department, helped the driver contain the fire.
Rather than freak out at this turn of events, the couple posed for pictures in front of their flaming bus.
“I can’t believe as a bride she was that calm,” wedding photographer McKaila Hanna said of Buhrow.
After the couple signed their marriage license, they took pictures with the Nashua Fire Department, too.
“We continued on and it was actually pretty awesome,” McCollow told the Register.
It also helps that the bus company, Dolly’s Party Bus, made sure this minor disaster — caused by leaking brake fluid — didn’t disrupt any of their plans. They had a replacement bus ready in time to take the wedding party to the reception, and they waived all fees.
The newlyweds’ positive attitude reminds us of other couples who have managed to make mishaps into wedding lemonade. Last November, a couple in New Jersey who had been evacuated from their wedding reception due to a kitchen fire got some memorable firefighter photos out of the ordeal.
“The way Allison and Kevin laughed it off and turned it into an amazing memory is something I’ll never forget because that state of mind is so rare these days,” photographer Drew Noel told Yahoo Style. It may be rare, but perhaps it is also catching on.