This is the excruciating moment a Thai bride found herself stranded at the altar as her groom decided to “run away.”
Manow Jutathip Nimnual, 24, was set to marry Phakin Junjerm, 20, on July 22.
Unfortunately, no vows were exchanged as Junjerm failed to show up in the lavish ceremony at Wat Pikoolthong in Ratchaburi’s Muang District, the Bangkok Post reported.
To make matters worse, Nimnual had to break the sad news to hundreds of guests, announcing that her groom had “run away.”
Photos show extensive preparations prior to the wedding.
Nimnual and Junjerm had a prenuptial photoshoot and even had a picture displayed on a giant billboard.
A livestream that supposedly filmed the momentous occasion instead showed the lonely bride apologizing to attendees.
Why Junjerm got cold feet is unclear, but Kanyalak Puangmala, a cousin of Nimnual, claimed that he might have a secret lover.
Nimnual’s parents also demanded 200,000 baht ($6,025) in cash and gold worth 200,000 baht ($6,025) as a dowry, according to The Nation.
But Junjerm bailed days before the ceremony, explaining that he could not afford the dowry.
Somehow, Nimnual’s relatives offered him 140,000 baht ($4,215), but he still could not fulfill the rest.
In a desperate attempt to save Nimnual’s face, her relatives begged Junjerm’s young uncle — who looked similar to him — to pretend to be the groom. However, the plan was axed when he demanded 1 million baht ($30,120).
The young uncle eventually said that his price was a joke, but argued that it was worth the ridiculousness of their request.
He added that his nephew was only forced to marry Nimnual and he never really loved her.
The broadcast has received 5.6 million views, 95,000 reactions and 32,000 shares to date, with many comforting and expressing support to the jilted bride.
“Keep fighting. I’m rooting for you. You’re a very good girl. This shall pass.”
“Keep fighting, you’re an inspiration to many women.”
“Keep fighting, sister.”
“Look forward to the future.”
Featured Images via Facebook / Manow Jutathip Nimnual