23 Jun 2016

Groom Bitten by Rattlesnake During Wedding Photo Shoot (PHOTOS)

A Colorado’s groom trip to his own wedding reception was interrupted when he was bit by a rattlesnake while taking wedding photos.

Johnny Benson and his bride, Laura, stopped at the Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colorado, on the way to their wedding reception Monday after their ceremony at a local church. The couple was posing for photos just about 50 feet from a parking lot when Benson was bit on the ankle by a rattlesnake.

The couple’s photographer, Maddie Mae, called what happened next her “craziest wedding story to date.”“A Larimer County Park Ranger was driving by, and all three of us started waving furiously at him. He rolls down the window and we yelled, ‘He just got bit by a rattlesnake!!,’” Mae recalled. “The ranger, obviously not hearing what we said, yelled back, ‘Congratulations!’”

The ranger then saw Benson in distress and had him lay down and elevate his leg while he called for help. Paramedics escorted Benson and his bride to a local hospital in their wedding clothes. After facing the prospect of a multi-day hospital stay, the couple got the good news that no venom had been injected in Benson and he was symptom free.

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