Updated 19 December 2017

Allergic reaction to bouquet blinds bride

Her face broke out in a bumpy, red rash and her eyes swelled shut.


Christine Miller (23) was every bit the blushing bride, but not for the reasons one might think.

On the biggest day of her life Christine, from Nebraska in the US, suffered an allergic reaction to poisonous flowers in her bouquet.

Her face broke out in a bumpy, red rash and her eyes swelled shut. She feared that she might even go blind on the day she was set to marry her high school sweetheart, Jonathan Miller.

“I was the scariest-looking person at my wedding,” Christine told Inside Edition

The night before the September wedding, Miller picked out her flowers on her 29-acre plot of land in Lincoln, Nebraska. While it was a lovely sentiment, she discovered too late that the snow-on-the-mountain flower she had picked out was similar to poison ivy, according to HuffPost.

“I washed my face the next morning and that’s when it started,” she recalls. 

“I was in so much pain,” she added. “Nobody knew what to do.”

Determined to walk down the aisle, she put on her wedding gown to meet her groom.

“I literally couldn’t see my husband when I was saying my vows because my vision went blurry,” she says.

After the wedding ceremony, Christine didn’t make it to the reception. Instead, she went to the emergency room for treatment. A couple drops of eye drops and a shot of steroids later, the bride and groom arrived at the reception three hours late.

“I had a rash still on my neck, so I wanted to get my dress off because I wanted to be comfortable. So he ran into Target and got me a shirt that said ‘Bride’ on it and pyjama pants – and that’s what I wore into our reception,” she says. 

Thankfully, the photographer agreed to take wedding snaps a week later. This time she’d learnt her lesson and the bouquet was hypoallergenic.

Sources: HuffPost, Inside Edition


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