Saturday, September 12, 2009
Bride who can't stop laughing as her groom 'waffles' his vows becomes YouTube star
It was the moment Andrew Engstrom had been waiting for all his life - exchanging marital vows with his blushing wife Melissa.
But he probably did not envision a scenario where his bride was laughing so hard while at the altar that she could not speak.
When he fluffed his vows - stumbling over the word 'lawfully' to sputter 'waffle-y' - his bride (who clearly has a sense of humour) could not contain herself.
Her hysterical reaction has since become a YouTube hit.
Video shows church guests sitting silently on pews, as the pastor instructs Andrew to 'place the ring on Melissa's hand and repeat after me'.
'I, Andrew Paul Daniel Engstrom," bellows the pastor, as expectant friends and family are hushed to a respectful silence.
However, there is an impending feeling that things are about to go horribly wrong.
'I put it on the wrong way,' says Andrew, shaking his head and referring to his wife's ring.
He composes himself and clasps his wife's hands in his. The couple stare lovingly in each other's eyes - but they both start to laugh.
Andrew repeats: 'I Andrew Paul Daniel Engstrom... Do take Melissa Rene Warren."
But the serious ceremony turns into a farce when the pastor asks Andrew to repeat 'to be my lawfully wedded wife'.
Andrew, who clearly has the jitters, falters and he utters the word 'waffle-y' instead of 'lawfully'.
The hilarious gaffe sends his wife-to-be Melissa into a sporadic fit of laughter as the stern-faced pastor presiding over the ceremony looks on bemused.
Luckily, Andrew sees the funny side of his blunder and adds: 'pancake-y', which turns Melissa's knees to jelly.
The bungling bride bursts into a second laughing stupor, which is matched by gales of laughter from the audience.
By this point, Melissa is struggling to stay on her feet and Andrew has to clutch her two hands to keep her upright as she arches her head back and roars with laughter.
The cackling bride turns to the audience and takes her right hand to her mouth, gesturing as if to eat a pancake.
Goatee-bearded Andrew, still holding on to Melissa, looks at the pastor and admits: 'I've been scared of this all my life.'
Melissa roars with laughter again as the pastor, as ever the professional, turns to his colleague, gives a wry smile, and says: 'What can they do?'
But Melissa still cannot compose herself and she cackles: 'My waffle-y wedded wife,' as Andrew steadies her.
The pastor addresses the audience, joking: 'It's OK folks, I've seen this before.'
The camera cuts to the guests, showing a middle-aged blonde woman, who is crumpled over also laughing hysterically.
Melissa, feeling a bit hot under the collar, starts wafting her face and the couple try to repeat their vows again.
But by this time they both have the giggles.
'I, Andrew Paul Daniel...' says the pastor, who is interrupted by the couple having a laughing fit.
The pastor then jokes: 'The court will take a recess.'
The venue for the couple, who appear to be married, is not known, but believed to be somewhere in the U.S.