Jewish bride surprised by brother with llama at her wedding

Mendl Weinstock said the $400 wedding guest was worth every penny.

Llama lying down (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Llama lying down
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
A Jewish bride from Ohio was stunned to see her brother arriving at her wedding with a llama, based on a seemingly joking comment he made long before.
The prank began five years ago during a family road trip, when Riva Eisenberg was 17. Riva rolled her eyes at the time, according to Metro News, but at her wedding five years later, her brother Mendl Weinstock did indeed arrive with a llama, who came in the appropriate attire: a tuxedo and a kippah with the IDF logo etched on the side.
"She was talking about her wedding, planning it, making plans almost as if it was going to happen the next day – even though she wasn't dating anybody at the time," Weinstock told CNN. "I said, 'If you make me come to this wedding, I'm going to bring a llama with me. It was just the first thing that popped into my head."

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Mendl was known as a prankster, so Riva reportedly knew something of the sort would happen and therein agreed to pose for a photograph, which later went viral.
"She was definitely mad at first, but she came to accept it and realized it was in good fun," Mendl said, according to Metro News.
Riva, on the other hand, said, "I have tried striking so many deals, I have tried doing literally everything possible to make sure it didn't happen, and lo and behold, there was a llama at my wedding."
Riva's friends brought inflatable toy llamas to continue the joke. Weinstock said the $400 wedding invitee was worth every penny.
The llama was taken from a nearby farm and was returned after only an hour. The photograph of Riva looking annoyed at her brother was shared on Reddit and quickly piled on upvotes.