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Oh No! 11 Wedding Disasters that Really Happened!

Could anyone imagine that bridal bliss could turn as sour as these nuptial tales gone awry? Wrecked dresses, arrested grooms, and massive brawls, oh my!

Many women spend their entire lifetimes dreaming about their wedding day. But could anyone ever imagine that bridal bliss could turn this sour?

We’ve found tales of women vomiting onto their wedding dresses, being catapulted out of horse-drawn carriages, swallowing their engagement rings and tangling with the police. One bride even got hauled off to jail and had her mug shot taken — in her wedding gown.

Here are 11 — that’s right, 11 — eye-popping tales of nuptials gone awry.

1 - Now that's a mug shot


And yes, the person in the mug shot is wearing a wedding dress. Meet Adrienne Samen, an 18 year old Connecticut bride who had quite the wedding night back in August 2003.

Several things went wrong: First, she apparently got intoxicated. Second, spat on her wedding ring. Third, she yelled obscenities and threw cake and vases at her new husband. Then, witnesses told police that she “flipped out” when the bar at the reception stopped serving drinks for the night. And then there was the obscene gesture at the police, the attempt to bite an officer who put her in the back of a police car and the moment when she kicked a police-car window out of its track.

Charges: breach of peace and criminal mischief. Fine: $90.

2 - Get me off this island!


Like many couples, British citizens Simmone Edwards and Samuel Hibberd thought a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic would be romantic and memorable. But because the couple had been given incorrect information about the Dominican Republic’s wedding waiting period, they had no choice but to wed three days earlier than planned without many of their guests present.

Then on the day of the reception, the bride, groom and many guests got food poisoning. “I was so ill ... that I vomited outside the restaurant where we were eating three times and almost fainted,” the bride told the UK’s Evening Post. “It completely ruined what was supposed to be the best day of my life.”

The couple also claims the hotel never sent them a wedding breakfast, gave them the wrong flowers for their ceremony, and did not provide them with decorations or music for their wedding reception. To add insult to injury, the couple originally requested a sea view as part of their wedding package and got stuck looking at a construction site instead.

Edwards, Hibberd, as well as 20 of their relatives are in the process of filing a lawsuit against the travel agency that booked their destination wedding package.

3 - Horse ran roughshod over her big day


Sophie Clarke, 29, of England spent three years planning a fairy-tale wedding that included a $3,000 dress, handmade invitations and a horse-drawn carriage. But during the carriage ride to the church with her father, Clarke almost lost her life.

The horse got spooked and bolted, throwing the driver and his assistant from the carriage and leaving no one at the helm. As the horse sped into the pathway of an oncoming truck, Clarke’s father pushed his daughter from the carriage and jumped out after her. Clarke was left badly injured with a concussion and covered with blood.

In January, six weeks after the accident, she eventually married her fiancé in a much more intimate ceremony. “I had a life-changing experience,” Clarke told the Daily Mail. “It put into perspective for me that all of the fancy things, the posh invites and parties are not important. The only important thing is becoming Karl’s wife.”

4 - Gimme those conga drums


Fabiana Reyes and her husband, Elmo Jesus Fernandez, thought it would be nice to renew their wedding vows last year — in a church this time, since they didn’t have a church wedding the first time around.

Everything went fine until the reception, when the band stopped playing to give the DJ a turn. Reyes got so frustrated that she "knocked over and damaged the band’s conga drums valued at $600, a speaker valued at $350 and other equipment," according to the New York newspaper The Journal News. A fight ultimately erupted between police and Reyes, her husband and their 21-year-old daughter. All three family members went to jail.

5 - You may not touch the bride


Sure, the bride and the groom had endured their share of troubles. They had even been married once before, and she had once gotten an order of protection against him. But should that really stand in the way of their second wedding?

Well, when the pair tried to tie the knot in New York last summer, groom Timothy Cole was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal contempt for being too close to his bride on their wedding day. The arrest probably wouldn’t have happened if Cole hadn’t quarreled with one of the wedding guests over a chair at the party.

When police arrived, they recognized Cole from his previous arrests and his past clashes with the bride.

6 - Wedding wasn't 'real'?


Irish pop star Brian McFadden and former Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona married in 2004, stayed together for 2 1/2 years and had two children together. Sounds pretty serious, right?

After the fact, McFadden shared these details with British publication Reveal: “It wasn’t a real wedding. We were getting married to have a big party and get loads of money for it and to appear showbiz.”

He added that he and Katona didn’t spend their wedding night together, and they were mostly excited about having the event covered by Hello! magazine.

Lucky #7 - One of Hollywood's shortest marriages


Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds had a lavish — and non-legally binding — wedding ceremony on a French Polynesian island on New Year’s Day in 2008. The ceremony, part of a multiday occasion rumored to have cost $500,000, happened at sunset and was the stuff of fairy tales.

A mere 14 days later, the couple split. Rocky relations between Edmonds and Murphy’s mom were said to have contributed to the speedy breakup.

8 - Gulp! I swallowed the ring!


Reed Harris put a lot of thought into how he would pop the question to the love of his life, Kaitlin Whipple. In the end, he decided to hide the engagement ring in a Wendy’s Frosty milk shake and let her discover it.

She reached the end of the milk shake, and — uh-oh. No ring. It took an X-ray to make Whipple believe Harris’ urgent story about what had happened. Once Whipple was in possession of the X-ray image of the ring inside her, Harris dropped to one knee and proposed.

Yes, Whipple did manage to retrieve the ring, clean it and wear it. I hope we all learned a lesson here.

9 - What would you do if you learned your fiance was cheating?


How about if you received this news mere weeks before your elaborately planned wedding day?

Here’s what Kyle Paxman decided to do: She went ahead with her Vermont reception anyway and turned it into a charity benefit to honor strong women. Money raised from the 2006 event went to the Vermont Children’s Aid Society and CARE USA.

Yay, Kyle!

10 - A proposal to remember


Don Walling wanted to propose to Gina Pellicani in one of the most memorable settings imaginable: on the pedestrian walkway above the Brooklyn Bridge, with a sweeping view of New York before them.

Walling took Pellicani to the perfect spot earlier this year for the big moment. “I got on a knee, said, ‘Will you marry me?’ opened the box, and it flew out,” Walling told TODAY.

He watched the ring fall to the roadway below, and then he acted fast by climbing down the bridge’s superstructure. This sparked a suicide-jumper alert, but he managed to make police believe that he had no plans to jump.

After all that, he did retrieve the ring.

11 - Those stone crabs can really get you


Mary McPhail of Ohio has one of those legendary wedding-day horror stories.

"We had our rehearsal dinner at the restaurant where my husband and I met, and as a surprise gift, they gave us this big, beautiful tray of stone crabs,” McPhail told LifeWire. “The next day, I had a very upset stomach but just attributed it to nerves.”

It turned out that she had food poisoning. At some point during her lengthy ceremony, she clamped her hand over her mouth. The priest quickly wound things up and sent the couple back up the aisle.

"We got to the back of the church and I just lost it all over my gown," McPhail recalled. "It was a really small wedding, and everybody knew. I was mortified, but it was the highlight of everyone’s day."

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