Cedar Rapids Woman Invited to Ill-Fated Hot Air Balloon Wedding

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter


By Heather Hubbs

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- The video has gone viral. A hot air balloon crash lands in California, just moments after the couple on board says "I do".

It turns out both the bride and groom have ties to Iowa. After seeing the crash on national news, one Cedar Rapids woman who was invited is now a little relieved she wasn't able to attend the ceremony.

"In the morning when I get ready for work I have a habit of turning on headline news and it said something about a balloon crashing and it was a wedding party. I thought oh my gosh I have to check and I did, and it was Karen," recounts Miriam Amer, friend of the bride.

Just moments after Miriam Amer's friend Karen and her husband Jonathon Narcisse exchanged vows, high above the skies of California, their hot air balloon crashed to the ground.

"We kept skidding and slid in to the fence, and the trees started cracking," said the groom, Johnathon Narcisse.

According to Miriam the couple has known each other a long time, but the wedding plans were a bit last minute, which is why she wasn't one of those up in the air.

"The invitation came on January first, giving us only a few days to prepare and I could not get to San Diego in time," said Amer.

Considering what happened, Miriam says she's relieved she wasn't there. But adds the bride and groom didn't let it ruin their big day and are already able to look back and laugh.

"When I contacted her later she said, at least I didn't tear my dress," said Amer. And in an interview after returning home to Iowa, the groom, who is actually terrified of heights, says they are already planning their next adventure.

"We'll have to go skydiving on our anniversary," said Narcisse.

The groom was Jonathan Narcisse, a former candidate for Iowa governor. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured when the hot air balloon crashed. The rest of the wedding party continued on to the reception.

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