Adventure Wedding Photographer Captured Bride and Groom...and a Rattlesnake!

Johnny and Laura Benson had their wedding in Fort Collins, Colorado. After they said "I do" at a Catholic church in town, they went and took photos before the reception at the Horsetooth Reservoir because they both loved the outdoors. 

Then, while Maddie with Maddie Mae Photography, an adventure wedding photographer, was capturing them together, a rattlesnake bit the groom on his ankle!!

“I felt this bump against my leg and, and I wasn’t sure I got bit or not. But I felt it. I looked down, and there it was, rattling,” Johnny told The Washington Post in their recent article. “I was like, ‘You gotta be kidding me. Did this really just happen?’ ”

They were taking photos on a trail that Johnny runs often, and he said that he usually runs with a rock in hand “for this very occasion. But not during wedding pictures.”

Laura urged Johnny to take a look at his ankle and the bite marks were there. “Still, the only thing I could think of is we’re going to miss our big expensive party,” he told The Washington Post.

Paramedics discussed calling a helicopter that carries anti-venom but Johnny wasn’t showing serious symptoms, so they took him to the emergency room instead, where medical workers confirmed the bite had been dry. No venom had been injected into Johnny’s ankle.

Laura was by Johnny’s side the entire time, making calls, alerting guests waiting for the couple at the reception and, finally leaving the hospital with her new husband to head to their wedding reception.

Here are a few more photos from their crazy adventure taken by Maddie Mae Photography. 

 Johnny and Laura, before the bite. 

Johnny and Laura, before the bite. 

 Another beautiful pre-bite photo. 

Another beautiful pre-bite photo. 

 Paramedics working with Johnny. 

Paramedics working with Johnny. 

 Heading to the hospital. 

Heading to the hospital. 

 Finally leaving the hospital for their wedding reception! 

Finally leaving the hospital for their wedding reception! 

It is definitely true what they say when you are a wedding photographer... you never know what is going to happen and you need to be prepared for anything. Your clients could be having their wedding totally outdoors and it is horrible rain and storms. Someone very special in the wedding could be very late and make everything run behind schedule. As a wedding photographer, you need to be flexible and make sure your their for your bride and groom and you work with what you have to capture the best photos you can of their special (and in this couple's case.... crazy) day! 

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