When most people are organizing their wedding day, they hope that everything goes to plan. However, one English groom couldn’t resist injecting a bit of chaos into his nuptials – and leaving his bride all alone at the altar in the process.
In fact, when Stuart Kettell from Coventry, England, arranged to tie the knot with his bride-to-be Vicky, he knew he wanted the occasion to be a memorable one. As a consequence, he warned Vicky to get ready for something a little different at the church – while also giving no inkling as to what it would be.
And so while Vicky no doubt mulled over what her future husband was up to, Stuart got to work planning his surprise. That, in fact, was going to be ambitious: to ensure it all went smoothly, the groom would have to get the permission of the vicar who’d be conducting the ceremony.
To begin with, then, Stuart approached vicar Mark Bratton at St. John the Baptist Church in nearby Berkswell to see if he could even get his scheme off the ground. “Luckily, when I explained my plan he was fully on board,” Stuart told the Daily Express in October 2016. This meant, fortunately, that all systems were go for the groom.
And of course, after investing so much planning into the occasion, Stuart wanted to be able to relive it forever. As a result, he arranged for his whole ceremony to be filmed to capture his wife and their wedding party’s priceless reactions. All that was left to do now, then, was to get hitched.
So, as planned, Stuart turned up for his big day in 2016. But when the vicar asked for the rings, the panicked groom suddenly turned to his best man – who was none the wiser. It was then that everyone realized no one had actually remembered to bring the rings to the church.
“I need to inform you, Stuart, unless we get to the end of this in five minutes it’s legally invalid,” Reverend Bratton informed the bridal party. In other words, if he didn’t find the rings quickly the wedding couldn’t go ahead. The couple’s big day seemed to be falling apart at the seams.
Realizing he’d left them at home, there was only one thing Stuart could do. He sprinted back down the aisle to retrieve the rings before his allotted time in church ran out. Meanwhile, a bewildered Vicky looked on in horror, telling her future husband to “go quickly.”
In the video footage, the guests can be seen nervously looking around at each other. However, their panic was short-lived, as a television screen kicked into action as Stuart left the church. All of a sudden, then, Vicky and her wedding guests saw that they’d been the victims of a major prank.
As the whole church broke into a spontaneous chorus of laughter and applause, a large screen above the altar showed Stuart on his epic quest to retrieve the rings. And the groom was determined to use any means available to him to get home. First, he hitched a ride on a tractor. A little later, he can even be seen rolling through the city on a penny farthing.
The groom then ran through a field full of sheep before commandeering a speedboat by pushing its owner overboard. And throughout his pursuit, dramatic music could be heard playing out in the background, much to the amusement of the delighted wedding guests. Next, Stuart – fully kitted out in his wedding attire all the while – used a pogo stick to get closer to home.
In fact, it appeared that there was nothing Stuart wouldn’t do to get his wedding back on track. In the footage he even steals a little girl’s tiny pink bike and a micro-scooter. Finally, however, he made it home. But it was only then that he realized he’d forgotten his keys.
Refusing to fall at the final hurdle, Stuart can be seen crawling through an open window. Once home, then, he finally gets his hands on both wedding rings. Now the groom must make his way back to the church, and so he flags down a taxi back to St. John’s.
And as he dashed back into the church in real time, Stuart was greeted with a huge round of applause. Meanwhile, a relieved Vicky greeted him with a playful tap on the arm. Finally, the couple were able to exchange rings to become husband and wife.
Explaining how he executed his cunning plan, Stuart later told the Mirror, “People would have been expecting me to do something on my wedding day, so I knew I had to think of something. I decided it would be a good thing to prank my brother and best man Robert.”
“I’d told him before the service not to worry about the rings and that I would bring them to the church,” Stuart revealed. “So when I claimed to have lost the rings at the altar I think he knew I was pulling his leg, and some of the guests in the church started to giggle. But when the vicar said the service couldn’t go ahead without the rings and I ran out of the church, I think the guests though, ‘Oh no, this could actually be for real.’”
Stuart also revealed that the prank took quite a lot of preparation. “I filmed it all a week before the wedding,” he explained. And, in the end, he was glad to have put the effort in. “It was really fun, and the guests loved it; it was a real talking point of the day,” the groom added.
What’s more, after his big day Stuart decided to share the video of his stunt on YouTube. It has since been viewed over 900,000 times. “This is great. It’s the best wedding prank I’ve seen,” commented one viewer. Another simply added, “Not a prank, just legendary.”
It’s not the first time Stuart has gone above and beyond to make people laugh, though. In fact, in his native Coventry he has already made a name for himself thanks to his wacky fundraising ideas. In the past he has, for example, spent 22 days pushing a Brussels sprout up a Welsh mountain with his nose. More recently, he also popped 10,000 balloons simply using a pogo stick – and all for charity.
So while it may not have been the surprise she imagined on her wedding day, Vicky probably had some idea that Stuart would do something completely wacky. Moreover, thanks to his sense of humor, it seems that no one will forget this happy couple’s big day in a hurry.