This Bride’s First Dance Was Suddenly Ruined. Then The Groom Turned Her Round To Face The Stage

In March 2016 newly married Mr. and Mrs. Brad Hewitt took to the floor to participate in a time-honored wedding tradition. Yes, it was time for their first ever dance as husband and wife. But then the music suddenly cut off. What had happened? And, more importantly, what was the DJ up to? Melissa Hewitt, the confused bride, looked to her groom for answers – and clearly had no idea what was about to happen.

Before the bride became a Hewitt, however, she was Melissa Baker from Akron, Ohio. And as a young girl, Melissa had quite a lofty ambition: she wanted to be a full-time gymnast. In fact, she spent her time between the ages of 11 and 17 competing to do exactly that.

But life was to have a different path for Melissa. So at the age of 17, she became a model. According to one of her previous photographers, Melissa’s “drive and ambition are outstanding.” So, it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that she seemingly had great success almost at once.

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Indeed, her early years in modeling saw Melissa pose for shoots for such diverse clients as McDonald’s, Abercrombie & Fitch and Maxim magazine, among others. But in 2008 – when she was only 20 – the model appeared in a magazine that’s read by millions of people.

Yes, Melissa became a model for Sports Illustrated magazine. “Sports Illustrated has been a dream of mine since I first started,” Melissa told the Stow Sentry newspaper in 2008. Fortunately for her, then, the photos bagged the model the title of “Rookie of the Year.”

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It’s unclear at what point during her life Melissa met her future husband, Brad. But he did graduate from the college in her home town. In addition, the model has said that family and home life are important to her. So, it’s perhaps not too much of a leap to suggest that the couple met in Ohio.

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But wherever and whenever the pair met, they of course fell in love and eventually tied the knot. The ceremony itself took place in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County Courthouse in March 2016. And according to someone who was there, the wedding proved to be a “beautiful day.”

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But it was what happened after the exchange of vows that really got people talking. You see, at one point during the wedding, the stage was set for the traditional first dance between bride and groom. Unbeknown to Melissa, however, Brad had arranged for a staggering surprise.

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And fortunately for us, there were cameras around to capture the magical moment. So what exactly happened? Well, in a video posted to YouTube on March 15, 2016, the happy couple are seen on an empty dance floor as the DJ announces the first dance.

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The DJ continues, “[The bride and groom] have chosen a very special song for this dance because it is from one of their favorite artists.” The first bars of the tune then ring out, and the assembled guests start to enjoy Mark Wills’ “Like There’s No Yesterday.”

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For those of you who don’t know, Mark Wills is an award-winning country artist with a career spanning more than two decades. He’s had a couple of number one hits in the country chart, but “Like There’s No Yesterday” was not one of them. In fact, the song was never released as a single, so it must have been quite a personal choice for Melissa and Brad.

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In the video, the bride and groom begin shuffling around the dance floor to their chosen song. But then the music suddenly cuts out. Melissa looks around in confusion, as if she’s thinking, “Just what is going on here?” Before long, the DJ comes back on to the sound system. He then apologizes – before coming up with what seems like an improvised solution to the lack of music.

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The DJ says, “Well, we do have a keyboard [player here], so we’re gonna do a live version.” Seconds later, a man starts playing the keyboard, before another man hops on stage with a guitar. Melissa and Brad subsequently pick up where they left off with their swaying embrace as the music plays.

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Cunningly, Brad has managed to position his bride so that her back is to the stage. When the music starts up again, though, he begins to move her around in a circle. The newlywed slowly brings the stage into his wife’s line of vision. And it’s only when she can see the stage that she realizes who the guitar player really is.

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Upon seeing the surprise wedding guest, Melissa screams and runs away. But don’t worry: it’s a happy scream! You see, the man performing “Like There’s No Yesterday” for her is none other than Mark Wills himself. Naturally, then, the overwhelmed bride begins to cry with joy.

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A clearly ecstatic Brad eventually gets hold of Melissa and welcomes her back to the dance floor. The couple then both shed tears as they happily rock back and forth to the sounds of one of their favorite singers. Throughout it all, Melissa can be seen repeatedly exclaiming, “Oh my God!”

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When the song finally comes to an end, Melissa lets go of her new husband and goes over to, presumably, thank Wills. Although she does seem to hang on to his hand for just a little too long while they exchange words. Poor Brad can do nothing more than watch from the sidelines.

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Fear not, however, because Brad and Melissa are still married today. In fact, their son, Landon James, will turn two in September 2018. And certainly by the looks of Melissa’s social media activities, the Hewitt family seem to be content to create a lot of happy memories.

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And one day, perhaps, little Landon will be able to look back on the time his parents became viral stars. After all, the video of Mark Wills gatecrashing their wedding has been viewed on YouTube over 21 million times.

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For her part, Melissa has described the event as “priceless” and “perfect” on her Instagram page. She also said, “I’ll never forget the moment I turned around and saw [Mark Wills]. It means the absolute world to me. I can’t thank [them] enough for going out of [their] way to make this happen for me. It’s a feeling I will never forget.”

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