The bridesmaids’ dresses weren’t the only thing that matched at Jaclyn Summers’ wedding. The 28-year-old bride, who married her love, Jonathan, on August 31, suffered an embarrassing (and painful) injury 10 days before they were set to exchange vows.
On August 20, Summers was home alone, trying to get her dogs to stop chewing up their beds when she suddenly tripped and fell down the stairs. Thankfully, she was able to call her parents and her fiancé, got treatment at the hospital.
“I’m 28 and I’ve never broken a bone and literally a week before my wedding this happens,” she told ABC News of the unfortunate incident. Summers underwent a three-hour surgery, and was given a cast to wear in recovery—one that she would ultimately have to wear on her wedding day. And though Jonathan, 33, tried to cheer her up, Summers wasn’t too thrilled about having to wear a white arm cast to match her white wedding dress as she walked down the aisle.
“The stress of planning a wedding and the stress of this happening, it could really dampen the experience,” Jonathan told ABC.
Then, an idea. Jonathan’s cousin suggested that the entire wedding party don matching “casts” for photos so that Jaclyn didn’t feel like the odd woman out. Photographer Jennifer Stanley was in on the plan.
“The best man had the idea and brought the ACE bandages,” Stanley tells The Knot. “Myself and the other photographer distracted the bride by doing some bridal portraits of her by herself while the bridal party put on their bandages. Then we made her stand, fixed her dress, and had the whole bridal party come around her for a normal wedding party photo. She noticed that the bridal party had the bandages on.”
Her reaction? “It was pure joy,” the photographer recalls. “She has been carrying her arm in a certain pose all day, so I made the whole wedding party pose like that to show their unison.”
Jaclyn told ABC News that she was shocked by the funny surprise. “I held up my hand and all of a sudden I heard, ‘I wear it better,’ and I look to my left and see [Jonathan] and I see he has an ACE bandage on his wrist,” Jaclyn said. “Then I hear, ‘No, we do,’ and I see all of the guys wearing it and then the girls chime in and say, ‘No, we do,’ [and] that’s when it kind of hit me.”
Jaclyn found the setup hilarious and said she was “literally laughing to the point of tears” at the funny plan.
“They are such a fun and loving couple that the whole day was magical” Stanley remembers. “My favorite part of a wedding is of course taking a couple photos by themselves away from everybody. You can see their love and joy and interaction with each other and they can just enjoy and relax a little bit while we capture their love. “