Sitting on a chair in the middle of the dance floor at her own wedding, Katie wasn’t sure what was about to happen. Then she saw her husband put on a head torch, and things quickly went south.
Katie and James are an American couple who – like so many others before them – celebrated their wedding with all of their friends and family gathered around them. As is standard, their day started with a church ceremony where the official marriage took place.
Then, once the church ceremony was over, all of the guests headed to the reception, where dinner was served. A jolly party ensued with lots of kids running around, including the couple’s cute young son, Kaleb, who looked very smart in his suit.
The newlywed couple chose not to miss out any of the usual wedding traditions, either. For example, the pair cut a cake in front of everybody at the reception, and Katie shared a dance with her father.
Katie even threw her bouquet of flowers over her shoulder in line with traditional wedding custom. But it was something that happened later in the evening that raised a few eyebrows and made a lot of people laugh.
It all started when the fairy light-clad reception room was filled with the sound of the Mission Impossible theme tune. Then, over the music, the DJ called James to the dance floor, and their family and friends gathered round to watch.
Out of nowhere, James moonwalked across the dance floor as the wedding guests giggled and whipped out their smartphones to capture the scene. Meanwhile, Katie waited patiently on a chair in the middle of the room.
What was noticeably strange about James’ attire, however, was that he had dark sunglasses on despite being indoors. But somehow it fit in with the music playing in the background – and his spy-like demeanor – as he showboated around his bride.
The groom stealthily slipped around the dance floor for a bit longer until it was time for the final tradition of the night. But what was it? Well, it was the removal of his wife’s garter, of course.
James fumbled with something for a few seconds before a beam of light shone out from his forehead. Now it was clear that he had been wearing a head torch for his whole routine in preparation for the next stage of the show.
After a little more peacocking around the dance floor, James dove to the ground in front of his new wife. Fortunately, she couldn’t stop laughing as her new husband lay there shining his head torch in all directions. And then, he went under.
That’s right, James and his head torch headed underneath Katie’s wedding dress, supposedly to find the garter. But it took the groom a suspiciously long time to find anything. And then he did something unbelievable.
From underneath his wife’s wedding dress, he pulled out something white – but it was by no means the garter. He held the item in front of him and stretched it out so that everyone could see.
It was a pair of giant, stained-white underpants. The wedding guests roared with laughter, and luckily the bride did too. In fact, when most would have been completely mortified, Katie laughed and let James delve underneath again.
This time he went under for a very long time, only to emerge with something dangling from his mouth. What was it this time? To everyone’s disbelief, it was a tampon. Again, the crowd screamed with laughter.
The third undergarment expedition produced two fake babies, which James tossed into the crowd. And then, finally, the routine concluded when he emerged with what he had really been looking for.
James retreated, sunglasses and head torch still on, holding the garter between his teeth. And Katie – possibly relieved that the performance was over – received a peck on the lips from her hilarious husband.
The garter removal tradition dates back years, of course. In fact, some even say that it goes all the way back to the Dark Ages. These days, fewer and fewer people include the ritual in their own wedding ceremonies, but some, like Mr. and Mrs. Reed, still enjoy the tradition.
After removing the garter from Katie, then, James threw it over his shoulder to his friends as an important symbol. In the olden days, it was deemed good luck for wedding guests to keep a part of the bridal gown, and so the tradition of the garter toss was born.
While a lot of brides would have been mortified if their new husband subjected them to such embarrassment, Katie seemed to love it. And it will certainly be a wedding that their guests will remember for a very long time!
But James is not the only groom who has gone against the grain to astound his bride. When one man took center stage to deliver his vows, he had a surprise up his sleeve that would turn the tradition on its head. Rather than choosing to discuss his wife-to-be, he spoke of an entirely different girl altogether – much to his fianceé’s shock.
It was time for the groom to say a few words. To that end, he had a microphone in one hand and his notes in the other. The wedding guests were all gathered around him, too, to hear what he had to say to his wife. But halfway through his speech, the groom started talking to another girl – and perhaps unsurprisingly, the video of it broke the internet.
YouTube is full of emotional wedding stories, hilarious best man speeches and elaborate proposals, but not every video documenting a special moment in someone’s life reaches a million views. And certainly not every video passes an eye-watering eight million.
That’s what makes one particular wedding speech uploaded in February 2017 very special indeed. That speech is carried out in Portuguese, but even if you can’t understand a word, it’s easy to tell what is going on. And, in fact, it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you cry.
It all begins at the wedding of a couple who look very much in love. The bride, named Jéssica, looks stunning in a white wedding dress, complete with sparkly tiara and veil. The groom, Jefferson, also looks very dapper in his suit, topped off with a smart bow tie.
And the video begins at the start of the couple’s wedding vows. They are standing in the middle of a reception room with all their family and friends forming a circle around them, ready to listen to the couple promise to love each other forever. Little did the guests know, however, that this was going to be a speech with a difference.
In the clip, Jefferson is then seen taking the microphone and beginning his speech. He starts off in a light-hearted manner, making jokes in an effort to warm up the crowd. He also addresses everyone there and mentions the importance of their presence on the couple’s big day. In time, though, the groom takes his speech down an even more emotional path.
And before long, it becomes very clear that Jefferson is going decidedly off-piste. During a wedding speech, it’s not often that you hear the groom talking in length about someone else other than the bride. That’s why it was especially strange when Jefferson started referring to another girl.
Indeed, the video shows Jefferson telling the assembled guests that there is someone in the room that he loves. He wasn’t referring to his bride standing in front of him, though; instead, he was talking about another girl, one much younger than the woman he intended to wed.
Then Jefferson turns away from his fiancée in order to address that girl. According to the groom, this other girl was the one who made the wedding possible. To an outsider, this comment might seem very strange; to everyone present, though, it probably made perfect sense.
That’s because the groom was talking about someone very significant, someone both he and his bride were extremely close to. The subject of Jefferson’s big speech was a girl called Giovana, and she was going to play a major part in the married life of Jefferson and Jéssica.
Giovana was Jéssica’s child from another relationship and soon to be Jefferson’s stepdaughter. And it was time for her to hear what her new stepdad had to say on what was also a very important day for her, too. It’s this part, moreover, that has gone on to warm many people’s hearts.
The groom begins by kneeling down in front of the little girl. Then he launches into what is a truly heartfelt speech – one, moreover, that seems to prove just how good a dad he was likely going to be. First, he lists all the things that he does that annoy her, such as poking her and eating her food.
But then he digs deeper and says something truly heartwarming. Specifically, he tells Giovana that if he could ask God for anything, he would ask for her to be his daughter. He also tells the wedding guests that he can’t put into words the love he feels for Giovana, despite not being her biological father.
The next part of Jefferson’s speech, however, is his vows, and he had some very important ones to say to Giovana. Still kneeling down in front of everybody, the groom tells the little girl that he promises to always love her, protect her and try his best to make her happy.
Then he rounds up by simply telling his stepdaughter, “I love you, my love!” And with his voice wavering, the groom is apparently on the verge of breaking down, making it an even more emotional scene. By this point, both little Giovana and Jéssica are wiping tears from their eyes, too.
Then, just as it seemingly can’t get any more emotional, it’s Giovana’s turn to say a few words. She takes the microphone from Jefferson and bravely thanks him for what he had said. To conclude the video, the little girl then tells Jefferson that although he is not her biological dad, he is a “father of heart.”
During her short speech, Giovana wipes tears from her face with a napkin, while Jefferson kneels in front of her, sobbing. And finally, once they’ve both professed their love for each other, the two share a heartwarming embrace as the wedding guests applaud them.
And just like that, possibly the world’s most emotional wedding speech video concludes. Given its heartwarming message, moreover, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the clip has picked up quite the audience.
Indeed, the video has now been seen nearly nine million times in less than eight months since going online. The online reaction to it, moreover, has been overwhelmingly positive, with many people commenting on how amazing it was for Jefferson to address Giovana like that on his big day.
And one YouTube user, Jochelle Recto, wrote something that would resonate with a lot of people who viewed the footage. She said, “Even if the language is foreign, it still made me cry.” Indeed, there’s certainly no doubt that this stepdad and stepdaughter have a relationship that can only be described as beautiful.