- Texas couple Vincent and Manda Alexander got married last year.
- Vincent celebrated their first anniversary by giving Manda a framed wedding photo.
- When she looked in the photos, she noticed a terrifying clown in the background.
- The clown happened to be Vincent’s brother, who dressed up as part of a future prank on the bride.
These days, wedding photos that are unique enough to go viral have, paradoxically, become rather commonplace. Taking wedding pictures in front of an exploding volcano? Sure. Nursing a baby in a wedding gown? Why not.
But spotting a creepy, knife-wielding clown in the background of a wedding photo a full year after the wedding took place? That’s different.
And that’s exactly what happened to Vincent and Manda Alexander, a Texas couple who got married last year. Though some may assume this was a creepy coincidence, background clown was planned by the groom himself. As it turns out, the Alexanders are a couple divided — at least when it comes to clowns. Vincent likes them. Manda does not hate clowns, as some outlets have reported, but she is not exactly a fan of them.
While they were planning their wedding, the Vincent and Manda reached an impasse that many engaged couples face — whether or not a clown should be present at their nuptials.
“When we were talking about what kind of reception we wanted after the ceremony, I originally told my wife that I wanted a clown to be there,” Vincent told INSIDER. “My wife was pretty against it, but she said if I wanted to, I could have [the clown].”
Vince eventually decided against the clown, but came up with an idea to get one into the wedding in a way that worked out for both him and Manda. According to People, Vincent had his brother Matt dress up in a clown costume, hold a knife, and lurk in the background of a few photos when the couple was taking photos after the wedding ceremony.
Manda had no idea until a year later, when Vincent gifted her with the photo on their first anniversary.
“I thought, the first year gift is the paper anniversary,” Vincent told INSIDER. “It’s the perfect gift.”
It is the perfect gift — and it’s also the perfect kind of prank that helps a person achieve viral internet fame. Although Vincent never intended for his gift to go viral (he told INSIDER that he didn’t do anything to aggregate the video other than posting it on Facebook), the video has been viewed over 10,000 times on Facebook and covered in other outlets.
The only other person who knew about the prank was the couple’s wedding photographer, Megan Bowles of Pop of Color Images. She was in on the prank from the start — but she wasn’t totally sure if Vincent would go through with it.
“I love Manda and Vince, they are such a down to earth couple who know how to laugh and enjoy the little things in life,” Bowles told INSIDER. “Vince came to me with the clown idea during the engagement session. I really didn’t think he was going to go through with it until the day of the wedding when he brought out the clown costume for his brother to wear.”
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively would be proud of Vince’s pranking abilities. Here’s hoping Manda gets him back eventually.
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