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Fresno, Calif., man late to wedding altar after getting stuck in elevator at Best Western;  Clovis firefighters respond

FRESNO, Calif. — It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, and it was, even though the groom was an hour and a half late for the altar.

Misty and Brandon Valdez tied the knot on Saturday, but not before Brandon and his groomsmen were tied up – stuck in an elevator.

“I got in the elevator down three floors and about halfway there was a jerk. We immediately knew something was wrong,” Brandon Valdez said.

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It happened inside the hotel where the groom was staying: the Best Western Clovis Cole.

Minutes after being trapped, the Clovis Fire Department was called to help rescue the groom and six other people.

“The only thing we could do was laugh at that moment,” Valdez said.

A fun story now – but it also comes at a cost.

The couple had to skip family photos at the church before the reception.

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They say hotel management told them the elevator problem was out of their control – but they disagree and would like some sort of compensation for the inconvenience.

“I don’t think we were asking for much. At least a discount, nothing major,” Misty Valdez said.

Overall, the couple are grateful to finally be married — and with a unique story — for better or worse.

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