July 7, 2014 2:26 pm
Updated: July 8, 2014 9:17 am

Romantic or unsafe: newlyweds photographed with Sask. tornado

Environment Canada expresses concern over photographer shooting a couple's wedding photos Saturday with a tornado on the Sask. horizon.

Colleen Niska via Photography By Colleen Niska

SASKATOON – A storm of opinions has launched around some wedding photos taken near a tornado in Saskatchewan over the weekend.

Photographer Colleen Niska snapped some pictures of the newlyweds on a country road with what appears to be a twister on the horizon far in the background.

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Environment Canada said at least two tornadoes touched down in south-central Saskatchewan on Saturday afternoon.

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No injuries were reported.

Niska put the pictures on social media websites and they’ve been getting a lot of traffic on the Internet.

Many people have commented that safety should have been more of a concern on the couple’s big day.

Environment Canada told Global News this was a very risky photo shoot.

“It concerns us a lot, these tornadoes can be very erratic in their motion and I know with social media people want to get out there, take pictures of it, it is a spectacular site to see,” said Mike McDonald, with Environment Canada.

“If you’re close to tornadoes, these things can move in opposite directions in a short period of time and if you have nowhere to get to, it can be very dangerous, not just the actual tornado, it is the debris spun around.”

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The agency says its first priority is to make sure people are safe.

McDonald added that people should have the common sense to get inside a sturdy shelter during tornado warnings, which were in effect on Saturday.

The newlyweds are on their honeymoon.

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