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A newlywed couple stranded for two hours only a half mile from the highway exit for their reception found a way to make it the most memorable traffic jam of their lives.
A five-car accident had brought Ohio's Route 35 to a standstill on Nov. 26 when Jeff and Rebecca Payne decided to have their first dance as a married couple right in the middle of the highway.
Wedding videographer Levi Curby captured the moment in a sweet video of the couple dancing to "When You Say Nothing at All" by Allison Krauss amid the glow of headlights.
"They definitely made the best of it,'' Curby told TODAY.
The Paynes, who are currently on their honeymoon, were trying to get from their wedding ceremony in Beavercreek, Ohio, to their reception in downtown Dayton when the accident turned a normal 15-minute drive into a two-hour odyssey.
"We are so thankful for the positive response our story has received, and we are relieved that no one was seriously hurt in the accident,'' the couple said in a statement to TODAY. "When we realized that we would be stuck for a while we were disappointed, saddened, and concerned for those involved in the accident."
A family in Kansas that was in a stopped car next to them saw Rebecca in her wedding dress and asked what they would be doing at that time if they weren't stuck in traffic. The Paynes replied that it would have been about the time of their first dance at the reception.
A person in another car then queued up the Allison Krauss song on Spotify and played it loud so the couple could have their dance.
"One of the girls said, 'Let's have your reception right here and do your first dance,''' the couple said. "It was amazing that the kindness of strangers, who noticed our dilemma, was able to turn around a difficult situation. We are so moved by their kindness, and we will always have a wonderful story of how our life together began."
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