Not the most auspicious beginning to newlywed life: A Canadian bride and groom were led away from their post-wedding party in handcuffs Saturday. Witnesses say nine or so wedding party members entered an Edmonton bar around 10pm and were obviously drunk. And then: "You know in the old Western movies, when a big fight happens and the doors just explode open and everybody piles out?" That's what it was like, Matt Machado tells the CBC. "Then security's got this one guy in a headlock and they tumble down the stairs. The bride is ... following behind, just swinging." Machado tells Global News the incident took place 10 to 15 minutes after the party came in. Machado's friend Ryan Bychkowski took a photo of the bride handcuffed in her wedding dress as a cop writes up a ticket, while Machado tweeted a video of the dejected-looking bride sitting on the ground outside the bar.
Police say the 36-year-old bride was charged with assault, the 37-year-old tuxedo-clad groom with mischief. It's not clear what exactly happened in the bar, but one person suffered minor injuries. Witnesses say someone in the wedding party apparently made physical contact with a staff member, punched a window for some reason, the bride got pinned against a wall by bouncers, and things went downhill—all while the other 100 or so patrons of the bar eagerly looked on. According to a tweet from Bychkowski, a bouncer explained the story on Facebook and claimed bar staff decided to cut off the wedding party and ask them to leave, but on their way out, the groom groped a bartender and all hell broke loose. "I've seen the odd scrap but never one where there's a girl in a wedding dress bouncing around," says Bychkowski. He and Machado also, of course, posted a video to YouTube.