A bride spent her wedding night dancing with a make-shift mannequin after her groom came down with ‘severe’ foot poisoning and missed their nuptials.
The Victorian, a wedding venue in Youngsville, North Carolina, shared a TikTok video of Christine Karmire with her stand-in groom — a garment steamer dressed in a suit and topped with an iPad featuring a picture of her husband Gannon on the screen.
‘When the groom suddenly becomes sick & goes to the hospital on wedding day,’ the venue captioned the footage, which has been viewed more than 887,000 times.
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Going with the flow: The Victorian, a wedding venue in Youngsville, North Carolina, shared a TikTok video of Christine Karmire dancing with a mannequin at her wedding
Oh no: The venue explained that her husband Gannon had come down with ‘severe’ food poisoning and ended up in the hospital on their big day
It works! Christine’s stand-in groom was a garment steamer dressed in a suit and topped with an iPad featuring a picture of Gannon on the screen
The video shows Christine dancing with the mannequin and holding its sleeve while cutting the wedding cake. She even pretends to feed some to her groom.
The mannequin was a hit with guests, who took selfies with it and danced around it during the reception.
When The Victorian posted the video, the venue noted that Gannon had ‘severe food poisoning,’ but he’s ‘doing better now.’
Its creative solution to the wedding disaster received mixed reviews in the comments, where fans praised Christine for going with the flow.
Hilarious: The video shows Christine dancing and cutting the wedding cake with the mannequin while guests had fun snapping selfies with it
Going viral: The venue’s creative solution to the wedding disaster received mixed reviews in the comments, where fans praised Christine for going with the flow
‘The bride had the best attitude,’ one person wrote, while another added: ‘I love how they rolled with the punches and kept the joy.’
Others admitted they would have been devastated, with one TikToker writing: ‘I would literally cry the entire time.
There were also a few critics who chided Christine for not staying by Gannon’s side while he was in the hospital.
‘Shouldn’t she be by his side,’ one person asked, while another sarcastically added: ‘”In sickness and in health” at its finest.’
Their decision: When Gannon was feeling better, he took to the comments to thank The Victorian and point out that he told Christine to enjoy their wedding without him
Decision: Gannon said he wanted Christine to stay at the reception with her friends and family, explaining that he had hoped to make it back on time
When Gannon was feeling better, he took to the comments to thank The Victorian and point out that he told Christine to enjoy their wedding without him.
‘GROOM HERE! HUGE Thank you to the Victorian,’ he wrote. ‘This was our third attempt at a “covid” wedding.’
‘Due to other attempts and hospital regulations, and hopes for me returning to the ceremony. I wanted her to stay with her friends and family,’ he explained, adding: ‘We’ve been happily together for almost 8 years, with many more to come.’
Gannon and Christine first said ‘I do’ in July 2020 during the pandemic, and this was their most recent attempt to celebrate with their family and friends.
COVID-19 wedding: Gannon (pictured with Christine in 2017) wed in July 2020 during the pandemic, and this was their most recent attempt to celebrate with their loved ones
Hard to handle: In a Facebook post, the groom shared that he ended up in the hospital two hours before their wedding and didn’t get out until 8:30 that night
He opened up about their disastrous day on Facebook, writing: ‘For anyone that’s curious how our wedding went… The Victorian posted it on TikTok and it’s blowing up.’
Gannon said he ended up in the hospital two hours before their wedding and didn’t get out until 8:30 that night. He stopped by the venue and then went home with Christine.
‘I’ve been asleep for the better part of 56 hours recovering, have many texts and messages to get back to people, but I am happy and healthy!’ he continued. ‘Feel free to check out the video with over 80k views!
‘Unfortunately some people are not liking her choices,’ he added, ‘they were decisions WE made together in hopes of me getting back to the wedding with at least some time to celebrate and hang out with friends and family we don’t get to see very often.’