A bride was rushed to the hospital just hours after tying the knot, after she fell 5 feet and broke her foot on the dance floor.
Chelsea Pescitelli, 32, was celebrating her special day on Sept. 9 when the festivities got a little too wild.
“That morning I broke my nail, and I thought that was the worst thing that could happen — then I ended up breaking my foot,” she told South West News Service.
The bride and her new husband Jeff Rossiter, 32, were heating it up on the dance floor after their ceremony when friends suggested dancing the hora — a Jewish dance where the bride and groom are lifted in the air on chairs.
The couple aren’t Jewish, but had several Jewish friends who wanted to include the traditional wedding dance.
“We got up on the chairs, and initially, it was kind of funny,” the bride said. “They were bouncing me up 5 feet in the air. Then I started to feel that my dress was slippery and wasn’t going to stay on the chair.”
“I was holding onto the chair for dear life and thinking I was going to break a nail.”
Pescitelli was up above the crowd for about three minutes before she came crashing down on the dance floor, according to SWNS.
“One of the girls said they saw a giant blob of white go from 5 feet in the air directly on the ground. I slipped from the chair and landed directly on my foot.”
Still laughing from all the excitement, Pescitelli sat on the floor and noticed something “bulging” from her foot. She immediately knew that her foot was broken, and her husband quickly jumped down to check on her.
“I thought it was hilarious. I started laughing, and at that point, my groom was still in the air,” she said. “They put him down, and I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t make out the words that I’d broken my foot.”
Everyone from the celebration, including the wedding venue staff and the DJ, circled around Pescitelli to make sure she was OK. That’s when the good-spirited bride insisted the party go on and the photographer continue snapping pictures.
“I said, ‘Keep rolling.’ I didn’t want to break my foot for nothing, I wanted to make sure it was captured, it’s all documented for the wedding album,” she said.
A nurse and a physical therapist who were there confirmed to Pescitelli that she would need to be taken to the hospital. The wedding was scheduled to last another hour at the venue so Pescitelli told her new husband to stay behind and keep the party going while she quickly rushed to the ER.
“I said to my husband, ‘You stay and keep the party going.’ If we both left, we knew everyone would leave, too,” she explained.
“The hospital was zero wait time, so I just rolled in in my wedding dress and they got me X-rayed and put a boot on my foot.”
The newlyweds had rented an Airbnb where they planned to keep the partying going after the reception, and Pescitelli was able to make it back five minutes before her guests and continue the celebration.
Pescitelli’s break luckily didn’t need surgery and only required her to wear a walking boot for several weeks. The couple had booked their honeymoon for November, which should allow the break to heal before their romantic travels.
“I think a lot of the guys holding the chairs felt really bad, and thought it was their fault, but I thought it was so funny,” the bride said.