The wedding party had just finished up lunch and family photos at their reception location in Cedar Falls when they boarded the bus, to travel 45 minutes to their ceremony site, The Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. "We were probably about 10 minutes into it and everybody was kind of warm," the couples wedding photographer, McKaila Hanna , recalled. "The heat was super hot. It was 20 degrees outside that day so most people just crank the heat up, but it was so hot we wanted to shut it off to balance it out. The bride and groom asked the driver to adjust the heat a little bit, then it started getting kind of smoky and almost too cold so thought we should have him turn the heat back on. Nothing happened, and even more smoke started to come into the bus. It was hazy in there." Rather than pulling over, the bride and the driver both wanted to get to the venue on time for the ceremony. "I just wanted to make sure we got to the church on time," said Krissi. "The Little Brown Church does multiple weddings a day, not that its often busy in February.
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