A Kiss in Time
By the time it was time to cut the cake at this wedding, most of the guests were already aiming for the door. It was not because the wedding was boring or because the food was bad or any other reason, but it was because of a very bad vibe at this wedding. And all of this was due to a moment in a photo booth.
Family weddings are events where everybody knows everybody. So any secrets that lies between family members, have a bad nick of coming out at weddings. This wedding was no better and this family knew each other very well. Add to this mix a few alcoholics and this wedding was going to be an explosive event right from the start.
Part of the set up of the wedding reception was a photo booth that stood outside the main reception hall. This offered quite a good sense of privacy to people that entered the booth. As the evening progressed, couples made their way into the booth and appeared two minutes later all smiling. Nobody really took notice of what was happening inside the booth and to be quite honest, it didn’t get much of an attraction.
The couple opened up the dance floor and the wedding went on in quite a mild style. Just before they were going to cut the cake, the photographer finally managed to link up the booth outside to a massive screen inside the reception hall. Life images of what was happening outside in the booth were now streamed to this screen for all to see.
And there they were. The mother of the bride and the father of the groom were sharing good passionate kiss. They had no idea that their indiscretion was being broadcast to everyone that wanted to see. The bride and groom were speechless, but their guests not so much. Laughter rang out through all of the place and long before the photographer could actually manage to switch off the screen, everybody saw the lovers.
Within minutes this wedding split right down the middle into two groups. Those that were completely fine with the little entertainment they just saw and obviously those that were very upset by this and took it quite serious. The bride and groom fell into the latter group. Polite as good Australians, they tried to resolve this issue amongst themselves without guests seeing what was happening, but that was what killed their wedding.
People started leaving soon after this event and went home to phone other families that were not present. By the time the offensive couple walked back into the reception room, the atmosphere was cold as ice. They looked a little bit bewildered and then the bride and groom were on top of them. The other half of the couple stood around quite sheepishly and did not know how act or what to do, so they just looked at each other.
I was told that this family resolved their issues and the couples actually divorced. The offensive couple got married a year later. They opted not to have a photo booth at their wedding.