Most brides have fond memories of the wedding day--of their gown, vows, guests and groom. Julia Magdaleno will remember all that, and she’ll also remember when her groom dropped her on the way into their reception.
Video of the incident shows Magdaleno and her groom, Chad Kannard, making their way into their reception immediately after their Oct. 11 nuptials at Jackpot Ranch in Camp Verde, Arizona. The two start their approach down a concrete walkway, and then Kannard spontaneously sweeps his new wife off her feet and into his arms and takes off running.
The inevitable happens. He takes a tumble, and Kannard and Magdaleno go down hard. Horrified gasps can be heard and several people rush out to check on the pair.
In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday night, Magdaleno says the fall looks worse than it was.
“He was like ‘Are you okay?’ and I was like ‘Yeah, I’m fine.’ I had a cut on my forearm and he was like, ‘You’re bleeding’ and I was like ‘I am?’” she said.
Her groom, who had taken most of the force of the fall, was also bleeding, she said.
“Both his arms went under me so really he took most of the impact. It looks like in the video he body slammed me but really, I really felt, like, nothing,” she said. “I was kind of sore the next day but, I mean, when you fall onto the cement, of course you’re going to be sore.”
Magdaleno didn’t even drop her bouquet when she fell, and Kannard bounced back right away, picking Magdaleno up again and taking her into their reception without further mishap.
Magdaleno said she thought the unexpected moment was hilarious.
“I was like ‘go figure,’ like, I’m so type A where I need to, like, make sure everything’s planned out and this one moment where I just let it go, what you think would be the worst thing possible happened, but I got up and I was laughing so hard. I thought it was, like, the best thing that’s ever happened,” she said.
Madgaleno, 25, and Kannard, 27, are high school sweethearts from Phoenix. She works in an orthopedist’s office and he works in insurance.
Magdaleno can’t quite believe the clip’s popularity, particularly since she had no idea her mother had posted it. It was only when her husband was talking with her stepfather that he learned his mother-in-law had shared the video on YouTube, she said.
“I was shocked when it went from like, eight views when I first saw the video and the next day it had like 20,000 and I’m like ‘Are you kidding?’” she said.
Considering all the other things that could have gone wrong on her big day, Magdaleno can see the potential upside.
“I was shocked but I mean, really, I think back on it and I was, like, who else can really top that kind of wedding entrance?” she said. “It’s something me and my friends and family will never ever forget.”