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Beware of Weak Docks When Shooting a Wedding Party Over Water

If you’re ever photographing a group of people on a dock or pier, be sure the structure can support the full weight of your subjects. The video above shows what happened to newlyweds Frank and Tricia Fearon and their 29-member wedding party a couple of weekends ago after they decided to pose on a dock for a photo.

After the sharply and beautifully dressed men and women filed onto the narrow dock on Georgia’s Lake Lanier, the dock tipped over and spilled everyone into the water. The result was many soaked suits, dresses, hairdos, and phones.

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Redditor jcliff219 was in attendance and snapped before-and-after photos of the incident:

Luckily, the mood at the wedding wasn’t dampened by the photo shoot fail; Tricia tells Yahoo that the rest of the wedding went quite smoothly:

This was not a ruined wedding. A million people came up to us and said this was the best wedding they’d ever been to. It was a blast. We had a lot of fun.

Weak docks fail on wedding parties during photo shoots a lot more often than you might think. A quick search on YouTube brings up a number of other videos in which the same thing occurred:

Protip: Always be aware of surroundings, both for your subjects/clients and for yourself.

(via Yahoo via Resource Mag)


 
 
  • iamjohnwhite

    At least they had a decent videographer capture it!! Not some up and down iphone shooter (since most of those landed in the water)

  • WarDamnPhil

    YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER HATES YOU FOR HAVING AN ENORMOUS WEDDING PARTY ANYWAY I MEAN SERIOUSLY WHO HAS THAT MANY BEST FRIENDS

    CAPS-LOCK NOT JUST APPROPRIATE BUT NECESSARY

  • Brian

    K…sorry…but…Hahahahaha.

  • Richard Ford

    Fake/Stunt.

  • Daniel Thomassin

    UN BON PETIT BAIN !! Bonsoir merci beaucoup

  • Focus Dave

    Or just be cautious of any dock you’re standing on, regardless of whether or not it’s a photo shoot location ;)

  • blakemiller

    Something seems a bit fake about this.

  • Gman

    Didn’t we tell you? It’s a trash “All the dressed” shoot!

  • nate parker

    I call shenanigans!

  • Anon

    sue the photgrapher!!!! sue the photographer!!!!!

  • Haha

    one word: overweight.

  • Biff

    More importantly, did these wedding parties pay for the damage they cause?

  • sarah

    Pretty sure they aren’t. I almost had this happen to one of my bridal parties once on a floating dock. After watching several people stand on the small dock at once and drag canoes up on it, I thought it was safe. Once the party got on it, it started to dip into the water.

  • Jane

    Who the hell needs 29 people in their wedding party? They should have known they were putting way too much weight on that dock.

  • Jane

    Enormous bridal parties are tacky and ridiculous. I hope they paid for the damage and trouble they caused.

  • ADWheeler

    Cough, fake, cough…..