When Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz, both 28, planned their June 20, 2009 wedding in St. Paul, they decided to shake things up a bit—literally. The entire bridal party—including seven bridesmaids, five groomsmen and four ushers—entered the church boogying to Chris Brown‘s Forever.
It’s fun and inspiring to see people celebrating life in unexpected ways. Here are excerpts from an msnbc.com story by Michaerl Inbar:
Heinz and Peterson (she’s keeping her maiden name) appeared live on TODAY Friday to tell their story of how their artistic self-expression on the biggest day of their lives captured America’s imagination and made them Internet stars.
Click here to watch the July 24, 2009 TODAY feature on Jill and Kevin.
After watching the video, TODAY’s Matt Lauer told the couple, “If that was a ceremony, I don’t know how you survived the honeymoon!” He then asked the couple who came up with the idea.
“It was mine,” Jill told Lauer. “I danced growing up and was a dancer through college and loved dance as a way to express yourself and share joy. So it was something I always thought about doing.”
It didn’t take her fun-loving husband Kevin long to agree to the idea, saying the decision to dance was “the first thing we really decided about the wedding that he wanted to do.”
They then broke the news to the parents that their wedding processional wasn’t going to take on the more reserved joy of a typical wedding. Jill admitted that her mom “was maybe a little nervous,” and Kevin said his parents were “definitely apprehensive,” but didn’t try to talk the two crazy kids out of their plan. They swore them to secrecy so other wedding guests wouldn’t know what they were up to.
Next up was a dance rehearsal for the wedding party. Anyone seeing the YouTube video might think the whole party was composed of dance professionals — the bridesmaids alone, with their waving-hands routine at the altar, are worth the price of admission. But Jill said it was actually more seat-of-the-tux than the final result would indicate.
“We [practiced for] an hour and a half,” Jill told Lauer. “A lot of that, people were sort of making up as they went, people just got really into it and went for it. We just gave them a general layout.”
While guests were clearly overjoyed at getting a floor show even before the champagne flowed at the reception, Kevin and Jill are adamant they weren’t seeking a quick kiss of fame by posting their dancing high jinks on YouTube. Like many other viral video sensations, it was originally intended for friends and family.
“I put it up because her dad had been really harassing me to get it out to some of his other family members, and it exploded,” Kevin said.
TODAY’s Meredith Vieira noted that fans of the video are in for a special treat — the whole wedding party will appear on TODAY Saturday to do an encore of their now-legendary aisle dance. Click here to watch the TODAY encore.
Lauer was clearly amused by the couple and their video.
“If you can have that much fun at the wedding, that much fun will carry over also into your marriage,” he told them. “What a great sign and what a great gift.”
In an interview with Minnesota’s WCCO-TV, the couple said they plan on dancing through life in a happily-ever-after tale.
“Our kids will dance,” Jill said. “They’ll definitely have some rhythm.”
The popularity of Jill and Kevin’s wedding dance has even inspired a parody! Here’s is Jill and Kevin’s Divorce Dance!
Also contending for the title were Brian and Sandy Lundmark, whose entire wedding party danced to Thriller on August 12, 2006. Here’s the story, courtesy of the OK Gazette: Brian studied the music video in slow-motion to learn Michael Jackson’s moves, then taught them to the wedding party, which practiced for a month before the nuptials.
Here is a newlywed couple who performed a Dirty Dancing routine.
Here is one of the original YouTube wedding dances. This “robot” couple posted their video on July 27, 2006.
In this video, the bride’s father and three other male family members do a routine inspired by the awesome OK Go treadmill dance.
Even parents are getting into the act. Here is a decidedly untraditional father-daughter dance starring Chuck and Elisha at the wedding reception.
Here is a father and daughter doing everything from the hustle to the Apache dance.
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