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Trolley Fire Wedding - by Sarah Christine Photography

When your wedding day transportation catches fire, but everyone is safe, it turns into some epic photos!

Y and S wedding was unlike anything I have ever experienced. Y and S loved photos and wanted to go to some beautiful spots in Colorado to display the foothills, we decided on Boulder. Our first stop was “13th and Pearl” for the colorful wall. The Bridal Party arrived in a Trolleybus to easily move from place to place. The second location was about 20 mins away, “Lost Gulch,” full of great views and beauty. We all piled into the Trolley to head up the flat irons for unforgettable pictures.

As the trolley went up the long curvy road, the wedding party partied on the bus.

I asked the driver how much farther and he looked at his phone and said 900 feet.

We kept going and the parking lot was just a little ahead and the driver started to pull off what seemed like a little early and that is when things started to get crazy fast. About 5 seconds later we heard a loud pop and the driver yelled “Everyone get out NOW”.  Then Smoke began to flood the front of the bus.

At this, Ryan (videographer) was standing right by the door and attempted to open the door which did not open when pushed on. Ryan heroically kicked the door to open it.
I stayed to hold the door open for everyone to get off the trolley, as did another groomsman. Everyone got off the Trolley and the driver went back in to grab the fire extinguisher. He came back out and went to try to put out the fire.
At the same time the best man got back into the bus to get the box of flowers that was by the front seat. I helped him out of the trolley and we all proceeded to distance ourselves from the trolley for safety.

One by one everyone exited the bus. Everyone was safe, as the driver went back in to get the fire extinguisher to try to battle the blaze. But the small extinguisher wasn’t strong enough for the blaze. It was realized that the flowers were still in the trolley and the “Best Man and my husband” went inside to retrieve the flower box from the trolley. As everyone called 911 to report the fire and ask for immediate assistance.

As we watched the trolley be engulfed in smoke and flame, I asked my couple to get a safe distance away but to also pose for a photo. It really was a once in a lifetime moment.


The trolley suddenly turned on and “everyone” was scared that someone went inside and we all started to scream, “get out of there” as flames were really taking hold of the trolleybus. 

The brake line had to have been burned through when suddenly the trolley that was parked safely on the side of the hill was now rolling like a fiery inferno down the road! It crashed into a tree luckily 200 yards down the road. At this moment fear was on the wedding party because we didn’t know if this was going to start a forest fire. Everyone started to run down the mountain for their lives. The bride in her stiletto high heels and wedding dress, booking it down the mountain.

Passersby were further down the mountain saw the firey trolly burning and stopped and a wonderful group of cars took the wedding party down the road to Chautauqua Park.

The best man, was beside himself for in the trolley were “the rings.” It was his responsibility and he was kicking himself how he could have left the rings on the trolley.

He begged the firefighters and first responders to look for them, gave a detailed account on where they were and wished and prayed for them to be found.

Little did he know that several hours later he would get a call from “the fire department” telling him that they were coming to see the couple.

He couldn’t believe or dare to hope that they were found.


Unbeknownst to the bride and groom, the firefighters came up the mountain to their venue Lionscrest Manor to deliver a special treasure found in the fire.

Sarah Christine Photography, Boulder Trolley Fire

Often said at weddings about rings: People often say that wedding bands are a perfect circle, with no beginning and no end. But these rings did have a beginning.  The stones were formed a long time ago deep within the earth.  Eventually a series of lucky events brought them to the surface where someone dug them up.  The metal was then liquefied in a furnace of a thousand degrees – molded, cooled, and painstakingly polished.  Something beautiful was made from raw elements.  Love is like that. It comes from humble beginnings, and through a combination of serendipity and effort, imperfect beings shape it into something extraordinary.  It is the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all.  As you look at these rings over the years, I hope that you remember that you’ve created something invaluable, and just as I know you will protect these rings, I’m confident that you will also protect the commitments you have made to each other today.

These rings were brought out the fire, how precious stones and metals they are, they stood the test. Just like how the bride and groom will stand the test of time.

Read more from the article from John Bear: Boulder Fire Rescue delivers rings that were lost in fire
News Coverage: Firefighters Save Rings In Wedding Day Disaster

Many thanks to Sarah Christine Photography for this blog. For more information, please visit them here.

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