Wedding photographer captures groom's trip to hospital after snakebite
PHOTO: Maddie Mae Photography
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - An adventure wedding photographer in Colorado said Tuesday she wasn't expecting a rattlesnake to jump out and bite a groom as he was posing for photos with his bride -- but she wanted to capture all the ups and downs of their wedding day, so she kept taking pictures.
"I often wade in chest-high water, hike into jungles in Costa Rica, or go on 10-mile hikes with couples on their wedding day. I never would have guessed that my only indoor church wedding this year, in my home town, would actually become the biggest adventure, and my craziest wedding story to date," photographer Maddie Mae, of Maddie Mae Photography said.
Johnny and Laura Benson were walking by Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins, just about 50 feet from a parking lot last weekend when the snake bit the groom in the ankle.
"All of a sudden it was like someone kicked me in the shin. Then I looked over and saw the snake sitting there, and it was rattling," he told the Denver Post.
The photographer said they shouted out to a park ranger, but he clearly didn't hear them. He simply yelled back, "Congratulations!" "But then when he got the message he came over and had Johnny lay down and elevate his leg while the paramedics were arriving," Mae said.