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Newlyweds on their hot air balloon wedding crash over San Diego caught on tape

On the day that was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, things came crashing down quickly for newlyweds Kerin and Jonathan Narcisse. The pair who was married high above San Diego in a romantic balloon ride with 12 wedding guests ended up crash-landing in a backyard after a strong gust of wind blew the balloon one mile off course. This morning the newlyweds join “Starting Point” to tell their story.

Mr. Narcisse who is terrified of heights says getting married in the hot air balloon was an easy choice. He says that “manning-up” for 45 minutes was nothing compared to the lifetime of bliss he was looking forward to sharing with his new wife. He adds, “a lot of guys work really hard to get their wives but I’m going to work even harder to keep [her] than I worked to get [her].”

Mrs. Narcisse says she realized the sunset ceremony was over and something was wrong after the pilot prepared the group to land twice but missed both landing places. She adds that she thought the balloon conductor “has to know what he’s doing because he’s piloting us… but when I saw the power lines I got a little worried.” Mrs. Narcisse says the balloon rental was semi-private and after crashing one of five other guests not belonging to their wedding party suffered “back issues afterwards.”

Mr. Narcisse who says he has been pursuing his wife since 2005 says that for their first anniversary he told his wife they “were going to be going skydiving.”


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