Bride-to-Be Thrown From Truck Going 50 Mph on Day Before Her Wedding

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One Utah couple almost had to put a pause on their happily ever after.

Lydia Kessinger and her husband Alex Kessinger‘s April 24 wedding almost didn’t happen after Lydia was thrown from their truck bed the day before they said “I do.”

“As some of you know, the day before my wedding was pretty wild,” Lydia shared on her Instagram May 21. “Me and Alex loaded up a king size mattress to take to our new place. We both decided it was a good idea for me to lay on the mattress to keep it from blowing away.. well… it blew away.”

And not only did it blow away, it did so with Lydia still lying on top of it as Alex was driving about 50 miles per hour.

“I remember the mattress floating up with me on it and I remember screaming, flying in the air, and rolling on the asphalt,” she continued. “I remember Alex running after me after he stopped the car.”

The newlyweds shared that Lydia could feel her front teeth were broken, and her body was covered in significant road rash, according to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). But even through all of the trauma, Lydia wasn’t stressed.

Instagram/Lydia Kessinger

“For some reason, in that moment, I knew that everything would be OK,” she said. “I knew that I was getting married tomorrow! no matter what! I just knew that I could get a dentist to fix them in time for my wedding, and if not, we were getting married anyway.”

Luckily for Alex and Lydia, their special day went off without a hitch, thanks to the bride’s mom and best friends, who helped her shower, wrap her wounds and do her hair and makeup. 

Instagram/Lydia Kessinger

“It was such a surreal experience,” Lydia added, “the whole day and the next day (our wedding) felt like a movie.”

The couple decided to share their story with the Utah’s Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety to remind everyone how important it is to properly secure items that are being transported.

“I was planning on saving about two or three minutes,” Alex said in an Instagram post shared by the UDOT June 6. “Instead, we went to the hospital, we went to the dentist—we probably wasted about 100 hours over the day of our wedding, the next day, the day after that, the weeks after that because we didn’t take two or three minutes to strap down a mattress.” 

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