Every bride likes to be the center of attention and draw a crowd on her big day, but even the most attention-craving bride can say enough is enough when the crowd is a frenzy of anti-NATO and anti-war protesters.
Such was the case for Chicago bride Beth Alberts, who had the unfortunate luck of having her once-in-a-lifetime event happen on the same day as the headline-grabbing NATO Summit that drew not just world leaders to the Windy City but thousands of protestors as well.
When Alberts and her new husband, Tim, walked out of the church Saturday and onto the city’s streets for a photo shoot, the couple found themselves in the middle of a mob and saw their would-be wedding shots photo-bombed by anonymous protesters walking through the city’s famous Daley Plaza.
Reacting to the scene, Beth Alberts can be heard saying, “Let’s get out of here” in video of the encounter posted by the Chicago Sun-Times.
The protests were organized by the Occupy Chicago branch of the larger Occupy Wall Street movement to coincide with the NATO summit. More than 2,000 people were estimated to be involved in the protests, which continued throughout the weekend, according to the Associated Press.
While the blue of police helmets was not likely what the bride had envisioned in the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” wedding good luck, the Alberts were able to snap a few shots of themselves and their bridal party in the streets after a few trials, minus the mob.