Over the weekend, a courageous couple from Canada decided to pose for their wedding photos in front of a tornado!
Photographer Colleen Niska captured these stunning images of the happy couple embracing while a twister swirled a few miles down the road. Their portraits went viral after Niska posted the pictures on her Facebook account. So far, the photo album has over 24,000 "likes" and 17,000 "shares." "Could NOT wait to post these! Pretty sure this will only happen once in my lifetime!" she wrote.
When they started taking the photos, the funnel hadn't touched down yet, but once it did, they decided to move closer to get these awe-inspiring shots. Despite the scary weather, the bride and groom were remarkably calm.
Niska insisted to The Today Show that they were never in imminent danger: "We were a long ways from the tornado. It wasn’t heading in our direction," she says. (Environment Canada confirmed that two tornadoes touched down near Outlook, Saskatchewan, which is located an hour away from where the photo shoot took place.)
Even when the gravel road they stood on began flooding, they remained focused on the task at hand. "We were pretty excited as none of us had witnessed a tornado before and thought it was a pretty cool opportunity! I wasn't going to pass on it!" Niska adds.
This isn't the only time that an extreme backdrop has actually worked in favor of the bride and groom — last month, a couple from Oregon shot these breathtaking photos after a wildfire almost ruined their wedding.
— Mary Gillen