Just moments earlier, newlyweds Jeff and Rebecca Payne took familiar vows and committed their lives to each other. In sickness and in health, for rich or for poor, they agreed to endure life together.
But nowhere in those vows does it say anything about loving each other in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
The two lovebirds were on their way to their wedding reception in November of 2016 when they got caught in gridlocked traffic on the I-35 in Ohio.
The rest of their guests were already waiting for them at the reception hall, but a five-car pileup kept traffic at a total standstill for four hours. For better or worse, they were going to be fashionably late to their own wedding reception.
Jeff and Rebecca Payne were on their way to their wedding reception when they got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
The two were sitting in traffic for over an hour without moving so much as an inch. Their guests, who all went ahead of them while the couple shot photos at the wedding site, were already waiting.
But riding a wave of joy and excitement of their holy union, this couple wouldn’t let something like traffic ruin their big day. Instead, they worried about the safety of the drivers, and made the best of their situation.
“Apparently there was a five-car pileup on U.S. 35, and we were very relieved to find out later that there were no serious injuries in the accident,” Levi Curby, the wedding videographer, told ABC News.
The couple, determined to pass the time without the night turning sour, started talking to some of the other drivers—a couple from Kansas, who were also stuck in the logjam.
“They were talking to the bride and groom and asking what they would be doing if they were at the reception,” said Curby.
The newlyweds started talking to other drivers stuck in traffic to pass the time. They questioned what they would be doing if they were at their reception.
The pair thought for a minute, then said they’d most likely be sharing their first dance. When the Kansas drivers asked why they couldn’t do that now, the newlyweds didn’t have an answer.
And so rather than wait idly in traffic, the two shared their first dance as a married couple on the highway in front of a group of strangers.
“At first there was some emotion, some disappointment,” Curby said. “The strangers from Kansas pulled them out of the bad mood. They helped them relax and have fun.”
Jeff and Rebecca Payne shared their first dance on the I-35 expressway and made a cherished memory in the process.
Family and friends waited for over two hours at the reception hall, and when the couple finally arrived, they were greeted with uproarious applause and cheer.
The couple was still stuck in traffic when they were rescued by a friend who picked them up on the other side of the expressway. They were ushered the rest of the way to the reception hall.
“When they came in, there were just overwhelming cheers. It was a grand entrance,” said Kirby.
The Paynes didn’t anticipate their first challenge as a married couple coming so soon. But they handled the situation with flying colors, and made a memory they’ll never forget in the process.
They eventually got to dance in front of all of their guests as planned. But their first dance will always belong to the center lane of the I-35 in Ohio.