A Nebraska bride's bouquet landed her in the hospital on her wedding day.
Christine Jo Miller, 23, handpicked the wildflowers herself from her family's property the day before, unaware they were filled with snow-on-the-mountains which can cause a serious allergic reaction, reports Inside Edition.
The next morning, Christine washed her face with hands still covered in sap, causing her eyes to swell and giving her a rash on her face.
She quickly went to a nearby emergency clinic, but found it was closed.
As a result, she walked down the aisle barely able to see.
"I was the scariest-looking person at my wedding," recalls Christine.
"She was struggling to keep her eyes open, they were constantly watering and she just looked miserable," remembers the groom, Jon.
Somehow the bride managed to read her vows, but had to miss the reception as she was rushed to the hospital.
"I thought I was dying at that point," Christine admits.
Doctors gave Christine a steroid injection that brought down the allergic reaction just in time for her to attend at least part of her reception, albeit with a twist.
"I had a rash still on my neck so I wanted to get my dress off because I wanted to be comfortable and so he ran into Target and got me a shirt that said 'Bride' on it and pajama pants and that's what I wore into our reception," said Christine, adding she spent most of the evening crying under a table, holding ice to her face.
The swelling went down within a week and the photographer planned a surprise mini reception for Christine to enjoy. The couple was then able to take proper wedding photos.
Christine has since recovered, both physically and emotionally, Omaha World-Herald reports.
"It’s a fun story to tell," she said. "We spent more time together than we would have on our wedding day. In the ER, but still."
Christine says the experience even made her wiser and taught her an important lesson she now hopes to impart to other brides: Weddings are about the person you're marrying, not the dress and other arrangements.
"Focus on the big picture," she said. "It's so hard to do that when you’re trying to compare your wedding to other people. You are literally getting married. We make it such a big deal in all the wrong areas."