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What are a maid of honor’s responsibilities? Organizing the bachelorette party, keeping track of the other bridesmaids (and their day-of alcohol intake…), and acting as the bride’s go-to therapist, just to name a few — and the list can go on and on. But saving the surrounding wildlife isn’t usually an MOH expectation. Faye West of Stroudn England is one maid of honor who definitely went above and beyond the call of duty when she dove into a nearby lake — bridesmaid dress and all! — to save a drowning gosling!
Hannah West and Mark Jefferies had gathered their bridal party in the gardens of their wedding venue to take some formal wedding portraits before continuing with the May 7 “I do” festivities. But things got a little derailed when the bride’s sister, maid of honor Faye West, spotted a baby bird in need of saving. Bridesmaid, to the rescue!
The gosling had been stolen from it’s mother by a large swan that was attempting to drown the little guy. Not on this maid of honor’s watch! West jumped into the lake the bridal party was posing in front of to scare off the evil swan and save the baby goose.
Standing in the lake in her bridesmaid dress, the maid of honor frightened the swan and then scooped up the gosling and returned it to its mother, who was waiting nearby with her other feathery little babies.
The wedding photography, Rosie Hardy, managed to capture the whole ordeal and the photos of the superhero of an MOH has since taken over the ‘net. “Shot my first wedding of the spring yesterday,” she captioned the snapshots on social media. “I didn’t expect a bridesmaid to jump into the lake mid-formals to save a baby gosling being stolen from its parents and drowned by a big black nasty swan! Faith in humanity: restored. What a hero!”
And in case you were wondering if the bride and groom were a little miffed by the maid-of-honor’s soaking attire for the rest of their wedding photos, they don’t seem bothered in the slightest. “We are breathing a big sigh of relief that the big day went well and with no gosling fatalities in the photos,” the groom told Stroud News and Journal from his honeymoon.
The maid of honor is on her way to becoming a bride herself come September, but it doesn’t sound like she’ll be performing any daring animal rescues in her wedding dress. “I don’t think there is a lake at her venue in Whitminster,” the groom joked.