Liz Ravenhall had a videographer on hand to capture the most special day of her life – her wedding day. But something spectacular happened that she had never expected. Indeed, her groom had planned a surprise that reduced her to tears in seconds.
Liz is a music and dance teacher from Warwickshire in England. In early 2017 she was set to marry her man, Ollie, in a beautiful church ceremony surrounded by friends and family. But there was something extra special about the service that made it really stand out.
In fact, a video of what happened on the Ravenhalls’ special day would soon go viral across the internet. It was first uploaded to Vimeo in April 2017, and since then it has had close to two million views. The video is entitled “Bride’s Wedding Surprise!” and with such an intriguing title, it’s no wonder that people couldn’t help but click on it.
There’s no question that the shocked expression seen on Liz’s face in the video is genuine, too. So what happens? Well, the video starts halfway through the wedding ceremony when Liz and Ollie are standing at the altar at the front of the church.
A photographer suddenly appears to the right of the aisle. Strangely, though, he doesn’t point his camera at the bride and groom. Instead, he turns towards the congregation. Then another man with a camera appears on the left – and he too focuses his attention away from the couple.
The wedding guests seem to get a little suspicious at this point. They begin to stir and then some of them turn around to find out what the photographers are looking it. All the while, the bride and groom are still facing the altar.
As the congregation slowly comes to realize what might be about to happen, the groom takes a quick glance towards the back of the church. It’s clear that he knows what’s coming; it’s only his bride who has absolutely no idea.
But Ollie keeps his glance subtle and manages not to make Liz suspicious. Behind her, though, all her family and friends have their gazes focused on the balcony at the rear of the church. Barely anyone is paying attention to the bride and groom at this point.
That’s because something amazing was about to happen. And it was an event that Liz never saw coming – which makes it all the more special to see. Yes, Ollie had gone to the trouble of organizing a wedding day surprise that his wife would remember forever.
In the video, the couple stand with their backs to the congregation and then Ollie touches Liz’s arm to tell her to turn around. As she slowly rotates, Ollie points towards the balcony at the far end of the church, showing his wife exactly what he had done for her.
At that very moment, the performance begins. Seemingly out of nowhere, some 30 children assembled on the balcony burst into song, singing the beautiful lyrics to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” As Liz realizes what’s happening, the look on her face is utterly priceless.
Of course, Liz immediately bursts into tears when she spots the children. She gasps and brings a tissue to her face as she tries to take it all in; it’s clearly an overwhelming moment for her. Ollie then takes his wife in his arms and kisses her on the forehead.
And the kids are doing a stunning job of bringing the song’s emotional lyrics to life. Indeed, many of the people in the church are in tears. “Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years, I’ll love you for a thousand more,” they sing. Liz, meanwhile, wipes tears from her eyes.
These aren’t just any children, though. In fact, they’re Liz’s students, making the situation all the more emotional for her. It turned out that Ollie and one of Liz’s colleagues at Jaykays Dance Company had jointly organized the surprise.
The look on Liz’s face shows just how well everyone involved had kept the whole thing a secret. After all, her expression when she turns around is one of pure disbelief. It’s clear in that moment that she never expected something like this to happen on her big day.
As the children continue through the poignant lyrics in the video, Liz can’t help but wave at them. Ollie, meanwhile, seems pleased that his master plan has come together so perfectly, giving his wife a wonderful memory that she can treasure forever.
When the song draws to an end, all the kids begin waving at their teacher. Stunned by their surprise appearance and moved by their beautiful singing, she is still in tears – but she lovingly waves back to them, nevertheless.
In the meantime, the rest of the congregation smile fondly up at the kids. The final shot of the video shows the bride making a heart sign with her hands and pointing towards the balcony. Her adorable students had made her big day that little bit more magical.
The bride and groom then left the church and were showered with confetti before getting in their bridal car. This took them to the reception, where the party began in earnest. Indeed, another video posted to YouTube shows the newlyweds at the reception having the time of their lives surrounded by adoring family and friends.
And given that Liz is a music and dance teacher, it’s no surprise that the party was full of choreographed dance routines – which will no doubt provide some hilarious memories for the couple. However, one can only imagine that the surprise appearance of Liz’s students in the church service will provide the most special memory of all.