Guests at a Canadian wedding received a shock — one literally — when the father of the bride was struck by lightning during his toast.
JP Nadeau said he was giving a toast at his daughter’s wedding at the family’s Lower Woodstock, New Brunswick, apple orchard July 8 and was unaware of the storm clouds approaching behind his back.
“And just as I told my new son-in-law ‘You’re a lucky guy’ – Boom!”
“I said, ‘You know Adam, you are one lucky guy.’ And just with ‘lucky guy,’ all of a sudden there was this bam,” he told CTV News. “The electricity went through the wire, because I was holding a microphone. I saw lightning in my hand. I was really freaked out.”
Nadeau said he had his back turned toward the storm while giving his speech, and was unaware of the storm clouds approaching the wedding party.
He said his daughter stood nearby when she saw the lightning strike behind him, shooting a bolt of electricity through his body.
“I had the microphone and the shock jumped into the sound system and my hand just lit up and I saw the spark,” he said.
“And I’m looking at my hand and it’s all flared up … It was like I was holding a lightning bolt in my hand, it was amazing.”
Nadeau said the strike spooked his family but once everyone realized he was unhurt, the wedding continued.
“It was a beautiful wedding,” said Maggy Thomas, Nadeau’s wife.
“But that was pretty terrifying for a second.”
After the lightning strike, Nadeau said he now has a scorch mark on his thumb.
He thinks it’s where the electricity jumped in and out of his body.
“But I am fine,” he said. “Even my knee actually feels a bit better.”