Chad DiMera and Abigail Deveraux, and Sonny Kiriakis and Paul Narita
Date: September 28, 2017
And So It Begins: Love was in the air for Chad and Abigail, who were back together and happy, as well as Sonny and Paul. The four lovebirds decided to marry in a double wedding. Meanwhile, a certain crazed former Salemite read in the paper about the wedding and set out to halt the nups.
Stop Right There! As Abigail and Chad prepared to say, “I do,” Ben Weston — Abigail’s former fiancé-turned-Necktie Killer — arrived at the church. “I should have worn a tie,” he smirked as all of Salem looked on in horror. Abigail was temporarily frozen with fear, but snapped out of it and punched her loony former beau in the face. But Ben wasn’t there for Abigail; instead, he insisted that the reason he interrupted the wedding was for Sonny’s sake: Will was alive! After Ben was carted off by the cops, everyone tried to resume the wedding, but Sonny couldn’t go through with it knowing there was even a remote possibility that first husband Will was out there somewhere.
Hope Williams and Larry Welch
Date: June 12, 1984
And So It Begins: Hope agreed to marry
sleazeball district attorney Larry to keep Bo safe. Dressing for the big day, she fantasized about marrying Bo instead. Little did she know, at that very moment, Bo was punching out a cop and stealing a motorcycle to make his way to his lady.
Stop Right There! Bo swooped into the church, pounded on the door to Hope’s dressing room and declared, “I’m here to take the woman that I love.” Meanwhile, a bride came down the aisle and Larry pledged his troth, but when he lifted the veil, he discovered that Howie Hoffstedder, Bo’s crony, had taken Hope’s place! “Dollface, you got a puss on you that just won’t quit,” teased Howie; an infuriated Larry responded by decking him. Bo and Hope, meanwhile, sped away to the tune of “Holding Out for a Hero.”
Jennifer Horton and Emilio Ramirez
Date: April 20, 1990
And So It Begins: While they both nursed doubts (she’d fallen for Jack; he had a growing affection for Melissa), Jen and Emilio soldiered on with their ill-advised engagement.
Stop Right There! On the big day, Jack made sure that the show never got on the road by disguising himself as a fireman and dragging a stunned, wedding gown-clad Jen to “safety.” She quickly recognized that where there was no smoke, there was no fire, and identified her “savior” by ripping off his mask. While Emilio sweated out his no-show bride inside the church, Jack and a protesting Jen barreled through the streets of Salem on a fire truck to the appropriate tune of “Rescue Me.”
Photo credit: Peter Minus
Kristen DiMera (really Susan Banks) and John Black
Date: June 23, 1997
And So It Begins: John thought he was tying the knot with Kristen, but the woman who walked down the aisle at the ’50s-themed, Elvis-esque extravaganza at the DiMera mansion was actually her look-alike, Susan.
Stop Right There! The bride’s impostor status was exposed at the reception, when Laura accidentally knocked into Susan, sending her false teeth flying across the room in slow motion, landing in Vivian’s glass! Practically simultaneously, Marlena and Kristen were freed from the secret room in the mansion (lovelorn Susan had stashed them there), and Marlena added to John’s reasons to be shocked by rattling off Kristen’s misdeeds. Ms. DiMera vehemently denied culpability, but Susan ultimately confirmed Marlena’s account, forever dashing Kristen’s hopes of a happily ever after with John.
Sami Brady and Austin Reed
Date: September 2, 1997
And So It Begins: An amnesia-feigning Sami was overjoyed when Austin popped the question, but Carrie wasn’t ready to concede just yet, and searched for evidence of her sister’s underhandedness. Sami’s twin, Eric, agreed to help.
Stop Right There! To buy Carrie time, Roman delayed the vows by faking a fainting spell. Meanwhile, Mike helped Carrie get proof that Lucas, not Austin, was young Will’s father. She burst into the church to reveal that Sami had been lying to Austin. The groom took Carrie at her word and called the nups to a halt (“Carrie wouldn’t have stopped the ceremony if she didn’t have a good reason,” he noted). Carrie then proffered Will’s bloodwork, which showed he couldn’t possibly be Austin’s child. Over Sami’s stammering denials, Carrie declared victory and punched her sister in the face! Later that same day, Austin did get married — to Carrie.
Sami Brady and Lucas Horton
Date: September 22, 2005
And So It Begins: Sami was harboring a whopper of a secret on what should have been the happiest day of her life: that she’d spent months posing as Stan, Tony’s low-down accomplice, who messed with many lives in Salem.
Stop Right There! Belle went into labor, but the ceremony continued — that is, until Kate burst in, dressed as Stan. Sami fainted, and when she revived, Kate shed her Stan gear, revealing herself before the guests. Kate took considerable glee in blowing Sami’s ruse sky-high, declaring that the Stan disguise was coated with Sami’s DNA (which a quick call to the ISA confirmed). A shattered Lucas blasted Sami for her deception, with Will, Philip and Roman also getting in crushing jabs. Sami tried to defend her actions, but her pleas fell on deaf ears. “You’re dead to me!” spat Lucas. “I just hate you and you disgust me.” Sami ran out of the church in tears. Kate’s triumph was short-lived, as Lucas denounced her for driving Sami to the edge and destroying his family.
Kristen DiMera and Brady Black
Date: November 8, 2013
And So It Begins: Despite his family’s considerable objections, Brady was determined to make Kristen his wife, blissfully unaware of the explosive secret (Kristen had drugged and raped Eric) poised to detonate the event. The bride, skittish about being exposed, brought a gun to the church.
Stop Right There! Armed with footage of the illicit tryst, Marlena (who didn’t know the exact content of the video, just that it would be enough to torpedo the nups) waited for the right moment to strike — and when Brady moved to screen a special video he’d made for Kristen, Marlena’s DVD swap meant that he was the one who got the surprise. “You sick, twisted bitch!” shrieked Kristen, trying to save face by accusing Marlena of doctoring the video to frame her. After Hope declared the images to be authentic, Kristen heeded Victor’s advice (“Keep going, and don’t look back”), booking it out of the church as fast as her heels would carry her.