Bride dislocates knee during first dance, returns to wedding from hospital


This bride’s first dance made her fall on her knees- and in great pain.

Julie Benn and Paul Richter tied the knot on July 3 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, last year after postponing their wedding amid the COVID-19 pandemic. People magazine reported.

The lovebirds exchanged their vows in front of their loved ones and everything went smoothly before celebrating on the dance floor.

“I felt so much love and happiness there. And you’re just looking at all these people you love and you’re like, ‘This is amazing,'” Paul told the magazine.

“There were moments where I just wanted to stand back and just watch, it was great,” he said, “that the first dance happened and the day turned.”

The 32-year-old Army second lieutenant gently immerses his radiant bride in the tension of Dave Matthews Band’s hit, “Stay.”

Julie Benn and Paul Richter's First Dance
Everything went on without a hitch until the couple hit the dance floor.
@liz_richter via TikTok
Julie Benn in a wheelchair in the hospital.
Julie’s knee was reset in the hospital before bravely returning to her wedding.
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And things went horribly wrong when 34-year-old Julie amputated her left knee.

“I can’t watch the video of it. [Her knee] went outside and Julie immediately looked at me and she went, ‘I dislocated my knee.’ Just like that, she knew,” the new husband told People.

“Then my mindset goes like, ‘Oh yeah, we’re dancing great right now,’ ‘Okay, get her a chair,'” he said.

Julie, who said she wore flats instead of heels for the dance, had no clue why her knee was out, leaving her in agony in front of a frightened crowd.

Bride Julie Benn amputated her knee during the first dance with her groom Paul Richter during their wedding reception in Philadelphia.
Julie Benn and Paul Richter tied the knot on July 3.
Fox 29

“He’s holding my whole body weight and my dress, which is huge,” she said. “And I’m like, ‘I have to get a chair.’ I’m screaming together. One of our dear friends is an orthopedic physical therapist, she works on her knees. I saw her face, and I’m screaming.”

Julie said: “[They’re] Holding my knee in place, supporting it, and it was blinding, aching.

“I have a lot of respect for the athletes who play through their injuries. I have never removed my knee. I broke a bone when I was a kid, but nothing. So it was shocking, disbelief,” she said.

Bride Julie Benn amputated her knee during the first dance with her groom Paul Richter during their wedding reception in Philadelphia.
The bride will still have to undergo physical therapy.
Julie Bene

Still in her wedding gown, the bride spent the next few hours in the hospital, where her knee was repaired and given pain medication before returning to the wedding venue with her husband.

“All our friends and family were standing there, cheering and shouting for us,” Julie said.

Julie is still undergoing intensive physical therapy on her swollen knee as the couple enjoys their next few months before moving to Oklahoma with Paul Cena until next year.

Despite the painful episode, Julie is glad they finally got married and thanks for the support.

“We’ve felt so much loved by everyone,” she said.

Paul continued: “I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have a normal marriage at this point in time. But the love and support and everything we felt is wonderful.”

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