Wedding dance video goes viral
A Minnesota couple's joyous wedding dance featuring the bride and groom boogieing down the aisle to the altar has become a Web sensation, racking up millions of views on YouTube.
The dance sequence opening the wedding ceremony of Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been viewed more than 4.75 million times since it went up on the video-sharing site less than a week ago.
In the five-minute video, ushers, bridesmaids and groomsmen shimmy down the aisle to the strains of the Chris Brown song "Forever" -- and the surprise of the guests gathered in the church.
The groom performs a somersault on his way to the altar and his hip-swaying bride receives a standing ovation as she joins him for the exchange of vows.
Peterson and Heinz, interviewed by NBC's Today Show, said the dance was her idea -- and the only guests who were aware of what was going to happen were their parents.
The new bride said she has always "loved dance as a way to express yourself and share joy." "It was something I had always thought about doing," she said of the bridal boogie.
"I'm just glad I didn't hurt myself," Heinz said of his somersault.
The couple said they rehearsed the dance with other members of the wedding party just once before the ceremony, for about an hour and a half.
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