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Best wedding processional. Ever. Now, the backstory...
Deacon's Bench ^ | July 25, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA

Posted on 07/26/2009 2:23:25 PM PDT by NYer

Well, the couple who launched this terrific wedding video are speaking out about their exuberant nuptial boogie.

They popped up a couple days ago on TODAY:

Most couples wait until the reception before breaking out into the Funky Chicken on their wedding day, but Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson figured, why wait to unleash their unbridled joy?

The 28-year-olds floored their wedding guests by having their whole bridal party — including seven bridesmaids, five groomsmen and four ushers — boogie down the aisle in a choreographed dance more at home in a Broadway musical than in a somber church.

Groomsmen split into sides as Heinz did a somersault in front of the wowed crowd — and the gown-clad Peterson quickly followed, shaking her hips to Chris Brown’s “Forever” while pumping her bridal bouquet into the air during the June 20 ceremony in St. Paul, Minn.

Of course, some things are too good to keep to yourself. And when Kevin posted the wedding dance routine on YouTube, it quickly became a viral hit — some 700,000 people have already shared in the couple’s novel way of showing their matrimonial joy.

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.

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.”

The dance was bride Jill Peterson's idea.

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.”

The wedding party rehearsed the dance for just 90 minutes.

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.

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.”
UPDATE: Mike Hayes, the venerable God Googler, has his own take on this controversial conga-among-the-congregants. Check it out here.

And if you just can't get enough of the "Forever" dance, check out the live perf the wedding party recreated for the TODAY show (personally, I like the original a lot more, and I'm starting to think their 15 minutes are just about up...):



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1 posted on 07/26/2009 2:23:26 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

It’s been the hot topic of discussion in the blogosphere. In case you missed “the dancing bridal party”, you should click on the link at the top of this thread. It did not take place in a Catholic Church, nor would it be appropriate. Perhaps I’m too far along the dinosaur trail to appreciate all the excitement; you can draw your own opinions.


2 posted on 07/26/2009 2:25:57 PM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

Saw it a couple of days ago. It was fun to watch, especially when you noticed that the guests were completely taken by surprise.


3 posted on 07/26/2009 2:26:50 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: NYer
It did not take place in a Catholic Church, nor would it be appropriate.

Yea, a Catholic Church is the last place on the planet one would encounter an example of pure unbridled joy. Now if you're looking for guilt, and an extra helping of that ridiculous concept 'original sin', a Catholic Church is the perfect place to go.

4 posted on 07/26/2009 2:31:52 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: NYer

It was pretty funny. I don’t find it disrespectful or anything like that.


5 posted on 07/26/2009 2:33:13 PM PDT by minnesota4life ("It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible." George Washington)
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To: NYer

Each to their own but “Best ever”? No.


6 posted on 07/26/2009 2:34:47 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: brytlea

LOL, I was grinning all the way though! And started clapping as the bride entered, just about the same time she got the standing O from the guests.

A wedding that no one will ever forget.


7 posted on 07/26/2009 2:34:53 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: NYer
Saw it.

It was fun.

But I suspect the wedding party was made up of show business wannabes.

8 posted on 07/26/2009 2:35:07 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: NYer
It's pretty funny. Some are better dancers than others . . . . the guy who does the handstand is pretty cool.

It's not a Catholic church and not a Nuptial Mass, so it's o.k. as far as I'm concerned.

If it were a Catholic wedding, you could do this at the reception and it would be a lead pipe hoot!

9 posted on 07/26/2009 2:38:01 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Lurker
Yea, a Catholic Church is the last place on the planet one would encounter an example of pure unbridled joy. Now if you're looking for guilt, and an extra helping of that ridiculous concept 'original sin', a Catholic Church is the perfect place to go.

Please, give it a rest. Joy can be found in any number of ways other than dance. This wouldn't fly because it's really more suited for the reception (and really should be encouraged as so many receptions are dreadfully dead). There, it would be no problem as would the bridesmaids dresses with exposed shoulders. Silly us, we expect people to dress with respect for God. I actually liked the shades.

The first time, it was sort of funny, but you have to wonder....

10 posted on 07/26/2009 2:38:14 PM PDT by Desdemona (True Christianity requires open hearts and open minds - not blind hatred.)
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To: NYer
I assumed the Church was Episcopal...am I wrong?

And I loved the video, BTW...

11 posted on 07/26/2009 2:39:41 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Who ever thought we would long for the days of the Clinton administration...)
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To: NYer

I thought it was fun and it was the wedding the bride and groom
wanted. Believe me, much better than an “interpretive dance.”


12 posted on 07/26/2009 2:39:57 PM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: Lurker
There's plenty of holy joy at the Mass. It's just a different kind than boogying down the aisle.

Go quietly sometime and see for yourself. Better yet, go to Adoration and spend an hour with Our Lord.

13 posted on 07/26/2009 2:41:36 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Ready4Freddy

LOL, I was grinning all the way though! And started clapping as the bride entered, just about the same time she got the standing O from the guests.

A wedding that no one will ever forget.


Me. too.

Traditionalist that I am, I was suprised to find myself really liking it.

I guess it was because they were truly enjoying it all; guests, and the wedding party—no jitters, etc that I had for my very traditional wedding/cathedral length train, etc. Not that I did not enjoy my wedding, but I sure did not have as much fun.

I hope the joy stays with them for many years to come.


14 posted on 07/26/2009 2:41:36 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait till it is free! "~ PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Pharmboy
Doesn't look Episcopal to me . . . and I used to be one.

Let me take another look and I'll opine.

15 posted on 07/26/2009 2:42:08 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Lurker

when my aunt & uncle saw that we were using “The Lord of the Dance” for our processional, they thought I’d be tap-dancing down the aisle... It was the HYMN not the dance!
This was fun - I hope I don’t have any surprises at my daughter’s wedding in 5 weeks! That’ll BE in a Catholic church!


16 posted on 07/26/2009 2:42:56 PM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: Lurker
Yea, a Catholic Church is the last place on the planet one would encounter an example of pure unbridled joy.

On the contrary, we experience unbridled joy each week in the Holy Eucharist, for God is the source of all joy!

17 posted on 07/26/2009 2:44:50 PM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

There was a time when Mozart and Handel were the
boogie artists of their age. How awesome to let
your joy be magnified in the presence of “these
witnesses” to the equivalent of our modern Mozarts.

Great Post!


18 posted on 07/26/2009 2:45:07 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Ready4Freddy

That’s exactly right, it was very joyous, and after all, that’s what weddings are supposed to be. :)


19 posted on 07/26/2009 2:46:00 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: AnAmericanMother
If it were a Catholic wedding, you could do this at the reception and it would be a lead pipe hoot!

Absolutely! This is best done at the wedding reception.

20 posted on 07/26/2009 2:46:26 PM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: AnAmericanMother
Go quietly sometime and see for yourself

Been there, done that, passed on the T-shirt.

21 posted on 07/26/2009 2:46:46 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: NYer

didn’t King David Dance and was called a fool ...as times change they stay the same


22 posted on 07/26/2009 2:47:19 PM PDT by Gone_Postal ("Men who say it cbump for laterannot be done, should not interupt those doing it.")
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To: Desdemona

Lol!! You’re absolutely right .. this would definitely enliven a wedding reception.


23 posted on 07/26/2009 2:47:47 PM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: Pharmboy
It's a Lutheran church. Christ Lutheran, on Capitol Hill in St. Paul. ELCA.

It looks rather chaste and un-ornamented for a Lutheran Church. Except for the wonderful high altar, I would have said Methodist.

24 posted on 07/26/2009 2:48:04 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Lurker
There's a T-shirt?

I'm sorry you didn't perceive the wonder and the joy.

25 posted on 07/26/2009 2:49:08 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: RebelTXRose

Congratulations, and hope the wedding goes smoothly. We just attended the wedding of our middle son (last of 3 to get married) and it was great, everything went smoothly. When the bride and groom left the guests blew bubbles instead of throwing rice, which was cool, but what is really cool is the photo of them walking out of the church with bubbles in the air!


26 posted on 07/26/2009 2:49:26 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brytlea

And as you mentioned, the fact that the guests were taken by surprise just made it even more fun.

Oh, and I got something in my eye during the vid, kinda made it water a little.


27 posted on 07/26/2009 2:50:29 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.)
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To: Lurker

“Yea, a Catholic Church is the last place on the planet one would encounter an example of pure unbridled joy.”

Wow. I’m Catholic and I’ve seen lots of unbridled joy at Catholic weddings, baptisms, and Confirmations. We might not have danced like that, but it’s there.

I cried watching the video because it was so joyful and sweet. However, when Catholics get married, we prefer to concentrate on the dignity of that vocation, the seriousness of the sacrament of Matrimony, and the presence of God at the union. Add in the fact that Catholic marriages are supposed to last until death parts you, and you can see why most Catholics look pretty serious at their weddings!


28 posted on 07/26/2009 2:53:07 PM PDT by Melian ("An unexamined life is not worth living." ~Socrates)
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To: NYer

Nice that they have such fun friends and relatives.
Went on a bit long though, and I think the bride ended up being a bit cheated out of her ‘walk’ down the aisle. She had less time than her bridal party which got to do it twice.
All in all, looked like a fun day.


29 posted on 07/26/2009 2:54:17 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: NYer

Coming soon to a church near you. I am not a great fan of this, but it’s their wedding. My only objection is that it will probably incite imitators. Very bad imitators. I predict wardrobe malfunctions and injuries in the near future.


30 posted on 07/26/2009 2:59:14 PM PDT by magslinger (Inside every father is a Bryan Mills waiting to get out.)
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To: Desdemona

Don’t you know FReeper ‘Lurker’ is actually Christopher Hitchens?


31 posted on 07/26/2009 3:03:09 PM PDT by supremedoctrine (Time is the school in which we learn that time is the fire in which we burn.)
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To: Lurker
Yea, a Catholic Church is the last place on the planet one would encounter an example of pure unbridled joy. Now if you're looking for guilt, and an extra helping of that ridiculous concept 'original sin', a Catholic Church is the perfect place to go.

Quite the little ball of hate, aren't we?

32 posted on 07/26/2009 3:03:34 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: NYer
I think that marriage is a joyful, yet important rite. It is a solemn oath of bonding.

The ceremony itself should have a certain decorum, else you are making light of the importance of the reason for it.

This sort of nonsense tells us the participants don't give a whit about what they are about to do and find it just an extension of their probable living together for God knows how long.

Another dagger in the heart of marriage.

33 posted on 07/26/2009 3:06:06 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: AnAmericanMother
Can't be sure but it looks like a woman was the celebrant.

If so it was not a Catholic service.

34 posted on 07/26/2009 3:08:27 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: NYer

I thought it was very inappropriate for the Church ceremony, cute but disrespectful if you ask me. However, I think it would have been great at the reception, especially when the couple and bridal party were being introduced.


35 posted on 07/26/2009 3:14:17 PM PDT by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: AnAmericanMother
It's not a Catholic church and not a Nuptial Mass, so it's o.k. as far as I'm concerned.

Considering the pastor is a woman, it's pretty evident that it's not a Catholic wedding.

36 posted on 07/26/2009 3:15:41 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: Lurker
Yea, a Catholic Church is the last place on the planet one would encounter an example of pure unbridled joy. Now if you're looking for guilt, and an extra helping of that ridiculous concept 'original sin', a Catholic Church is the perfect place to go.

During my training to become a Lutheran I had a test. One question was name the two types of sin.

My answer, "Original and extra crispy."

Thank God the pastor had a sense of humor.

37 posted on 07/26/2009 3:16:46 PM PDT by american_ranger (Never ever use DirecTV)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Methodist was my second choice. Thanks for running it down.


38 posted on 07/26/2009 3:18:49 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Who ever thought we would long for the days of the Clinton administration...)
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To: freedumb2003
Oh lighten up. A wedding is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness.

Or maybe you missed that part of the Bible that says "Make a joyous noise unto the Lord."

Catholicism...sucking the fun out of Christianity for 2,000 years....

39 posted on 07/26/2009 3:20:51 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: NYer
One of the greatest joys of a christianing at our parish is the dedication of the child before the Blessed Mother.

Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVR7I72-KrE

40 posted on 07/26/2009 3:23:46 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVR7I72-KrE


41 posted on 07/26/2009 3:24:07 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: NYer

SWEET! Great dancers, too. What a way to start a marriage!


42 posted on 07/26/2009 3:25:01 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Lurker

I feel sorry for you.


43 posted on 07/26/2009 3:27:34 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: NYer

Fun post! Thanks for sharing.


44 posted on 07/26/2009 3:33:56 PM PDT by GOPJ (Conservatives: the "niche market," consisting of about half the population" - David Warren)
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To: NYer

Cute video...but it seems to mock marriage to me. They could have done it at the reception.

Yes, I’m an old fogey. Deal with it.


45 posted on 07/26/2009 3:38:39 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: NYer

I bet every last one of them voted for Obama too.


46 posted on 07/26/2009 3:46:13 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: IrishCatholic

An Irish Catholic feeling sorry for me? Man, do YOU ever need a life.


47 posted on 07/26/2009 3:52:01 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: madison10
This is my favorite dance (during the reception)

The fun begins at 1:35

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QujA8YYgTWU

48 posted on 07/26/2009 3:53:14 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: NYer; AnAmericanMother
Absolutely! This is best done at the wedding reception.

Yeah, but the lighting at the reception hall isn't as good as in the church. This isn't about God or marriage, it's about getting the most hits on YouTube.

49 posted on 07/26/2009 3:53:22 PM PDT by library user
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To: NYer
You're right... this should not take place inside a Catholic Church. Save it for the reception.

Although it was cute to watch, I'm pleased that it did not happen in front of the Eucharist.

50 posted on 07/26/2009 3:54:30 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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