There are several nightmare (not mine) stories I’ve been told from other photographers over the years, like a child that eat to much cake then threw up into the open camera bag.
Photographer stood on his own glasses (in the days of manual focus) and couldn’t see a thing.
Photographer turns up for the shoot and turns out the bride to be was a woman he had a one night stand with a few nights earlier.
Near the end of the wedding ceremony, grandma fell out of the first pew, paramedics were called, she died from a massive coronary. The photographer had not shot the formals yet, the wedding party tried to make it through the formals, it was a train wreck.
Flower girl won't come out of hiding. Bride won't do wedding without flower girl, initiating desperate search through audience for girl who will fit dress.
Bride has divorced parents, both remarried. Groom also has divorced parents, both remarried. Some of the divorced and remarried parents and stepparents subsequently remarried. Bride and groom want pictures with all 12 parents, including about 100 permutations in the formals. None of the 12 parents wants to stop glaring at each other long enough to look at the camera and smile for a picture
Driver of the wedding car crashes into the illegally parked photographers car.
Wedding theme was "John Deere" and the colors were bright green and yellow.
Reception was in the American Legion ballroom which hadn't seen a paint job since the Eisenhower administration.
Overweight brides in strapless dresses.
Drunks at the reception who get in fights and spill beer on your equipment.
B&G asked the guest for cash instead of gifts so they could get the deposit together for a new house. Needless to say the bag full of envelops (containing cash) disappeared during the nigh of festivities. A few days latter when viewing the video of the “Big Day” they had a nice clear shot of the Brides father exiting the reception hall with the bag and a few minutes latter re-entering empty handed.