Instead of the usual smooch, all eyes and ears were directed to the back of the chapel, where a huge fireball flew out of the windowsill—one of the candles had ignited the live evergreens! One quick-thinking guest ran to hold the curtains aside, while another tried to open a window, hoping to toss the fireball out into the snow. A third guest ran to their aid with a fire extinguisher, spraying not only the burning Christmas foliage, but the two helpers and draperies as well.
The fireball was out in a matter of seconds, and the ceremony went on. Unfazed, the bride and groom finished their kiss, even though the onlookers could barely see them in the now-smoke-filled church. Afterward, the newlyweds laughed about the “burning bush”—you can imagine what the minister said.
—by Cheryl Dungan Cunningham, Southampton, PA