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Feel Good Friday – To Life!

I’m sure you’ll love this video as much as I do. I’ve watched it numerous times already. Family and friends practiced for a month to pull this off and what they lack in singing talent, they more than make up in energy and fun.

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  • Numa September 17, 2010, 4:33 am

    What a wonderful thing to do. Fiddler on the Roof. How did they ever pull this off with that many people and keep it a surprise?

  • lkb September 17, 2010, 5:03 am

    That was wonderful. How great that those two families are now joined in marriage (would they be willing to adopt me? LOL!)
    I like this sooo very much better than the much-touted church processional posted elsewhere on this site. This kind of thing is very appropriate for the reception (not at the church (where it takes away the focus on why everyone is at the church in the first place), and most especially not before the vows were made.)
    Mazel tov & l’chaim to all involved!

  • HonorH September 17, 2010, 5:08 am

    I saw this via Wedinator a few days ago and loved it. Win!

  • Simone September 17, 2010, 5:17 am

    How lovely. What a loving family 🙂

  • Katie September 17, 2010, 5:44 am

    This is absolutely lovely! It made me cry – not ideal when you are surreptiously watching it at work!

  • David September 17, 2010, 5:59 am

    That was spectacular. They’d been planning that for a long time.

  • essie September 17, 2010, 7:01 am

    All right, I can’t wait to get home tonight, so I can actually LISTEN to it as well as see it!!! How in the WORLD did they find the time, both quantity AND scheduling all those people, to do it without the bride getting suspicious or curious or anyone (participanting or just knowing) spilling the beans to her!!

    FAN-TABULOUS!!!

  • AMC September 17, 2010, 7:37 am

    I want to party with that family. 🙂

  • Elaina September 17, 2010, 7:51 am

    Thanks for sharing- I loved it! So nice to see families that seem to like each other and get along that way. She sure was surpried!

  • essie September 17, 2010, 8:25 am

    AMC’s got a good point.

    *ahem* TO THE CHOREOGRAPHERS: I’m available for adoption…

  • Princesssimmi September 17, 2010, 8:30 am

    I wish my family was this cool!

  • Daisy September 17, 2010, 9:47 am

    What a wonderful start to their new life! Mazel tov!

  • The Big Gripe September 17, 2010, 9:58 am

    As a bona-fide Jewish person, I thought this video was hysterical. Needless to say, I was singing along with the wedding party, since everyone in our religion is taught that song at birth 😉

    L’Chaiym!!

  • ginlyn32 September 17, 2010, 10:04 am

    Wow….what an amazing family and video! Sitting here laughing and tears in my eyes. I wish my family loved me this much.

  • Margaret September 17, 2010, 10:20 am

    The product was really fun to watch. The groom and FOB looked like they were having a great time. But -to put a damper on it – the jobs of groomsman and bridesmaid have been getting expanded more and more. How much inconvenience did the organizers demand of the wedding party? I find it hard to believe that EVERYBODY had that much spare time and talent to rehearse this.

  • SportsFan88 September 17, 2010, 11:10 am

    I totally want something like that to break out at my wedding.

  • kero September 17, 2010, 11:12 am

    *smiling* Amazing and full of love. The introduction of the FOG was great!

    @Margaret: if the party is willing, then there is no problem :o) I think it looks as if they will look back, laugh, and not regret anything.

  • Carnation September 17, 2010, 11:27 am

    Mazel Tov!

    (And don’t ya think the father of the bride had a Desi Arnaz vibe to him?)

  • pinkunicorn September 17, 2010, 11:53 am

    I love it! I was smiling thoughout the whole thing!

  • Thea September 17, 2010, 12:13 pm

    I think they actually had a great quality to their voices – it was great!

    I love this kind of celebratory spirit at a wedding: at ANY moment, ceremony/reception/etc. It is a joyous happy occasion, and boy did it show for this family….how happy they obviously were to have this marriage bring them together!!

  • happychick September 17, 2010, 1:05 pm

    loved it. I saw it posted somewhere else the other day but didn’t watch til now. The groom is the guy that played House’s roommate Alvie when he was in the mental hospital.

  • Ellie September 17, 2010, 1:24 pm

    If you do a Google search for the above video, you would find out that the groom is a Tony-award winning Broadway actor. Perhaps that accounts for the “time and talent” of the group, Margaret.

  • TheBardess September 17, 2010, 1:43 pm

    My favorite part is the enthusiasm with which the groom shouts out “My WIFE!” each time. Very sweet. He’s obviously totally smitten. Vanessa is a lucky girl 🙂

  • CML September 17, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Wow, I thought I recognized the groom, but I had to double check to be sure. He’s the creator and original lead of “In the Heights” that won the best musical Tony a few years ago. It’s an excellent show — I guess it makes sense that he comes from a very musical family!

  • Amanda September 17, 2010, 11:27 pm

    This is awesome! I’ve already watched it about six times today and I showed it to my mom. She loved it too!

  • Bint September 18, 2010, 7:44 am

    Fantastic!

    Margaret, all my family are professional singers and musicians – this would never be regarded as an inconvenience, but a once in a lifetime chance.

  • Babs September 18, 2010, 9:05 am

    Fun people hang out with fun people, and I had an inkling before seeing what the groom did, that there was some showbiz history there. If you notice, a core group of people had the main part of the performance, and then they added the bridesmaids and others almost at the end, so it was very well planned out and geared to their level of talent. I know people who would totally 100% be on board with this and would gleefully devote a lot of their time to pull it off, not just a surprise for the bride, but for the enjoyment of all of the guests. With the groom’s background, he had a lot of resources available to pull it off!

  • AS September 18, 2010, 1:08 pm

    OH! My Gosh! That is so sweet! LOVE IT!
    What a bonding moment for the families, especially for the Groom and the FOB. I realized that I had tears once I finished watching the video!
    You are right – they don’t need to be opera singers to pull an amazing performance full of fun and energy.
    @Margaret, I know some weddings where the wedding party/close family guests (we usually don’t have wedding party) have pulled some surprise for the couple, and everyone loved it. If you have a loving family, and the couple is not bridezilla or groommonester, it is always fun to do something for them.

  • Amava September 18, 2010, 2:34 pm

    That made me cry so much! But in a good way! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • kitty-cat September 19, 2010, 3:12 pm

    Loved it! (once my computer decided to work that is…) That is something that will NEVER be forgotten in any of those families.

  • Tundra September 20, 2010, 12:50 am

    That is absolutely gorgeous. The bride looked thrilled, and the quality of the video is amazing, they can watch it again and again in years to come. Wow. What a lot of effort, and it’s obvious that the two families will be able to combine pretty darn well! 😀

    I’m a little jealous!

  • Rosie September 22, 2010, 3:12 pm

    The father of the groom is the editor of my neighborhood’s local newspaper. He wrote about it on the editorial page today. The way they rehearsed and kept it a surprise was the groom, FOG and FOB rehearsed together for about 8 hours altogether. The other members of the wedding party were broken down into groups based on their schedules.
    The MOG was in on the surprise and so the night before the wedding she took the bride and her mom away form the reception place so that the wedding party could do a final rehearsal.

    Apparently Lin-Manuel (that’s the groom’s name) loves doing these kind of things and so his family and friends were all used to his penchant for musicals to celebrate special occasions.

  • hot_shaker September 25, 2010, 6:37 pm

    That was AWESOME!!

    They’re only mistake was not inviting me! 😛

  • Kat August 3, 2011, 3:40 am

    That was so beautiful! There’s no way my family would do that for my wedding next year, but it was so lovely for those two people!