Gary and Tracy Richardson had just shared their first kiss as husband and wife when the song "Everybody Dance Now" suddenly blasted through the speakers at St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s Church in Blyth, England. Then, officiant Kate Bottley led the newlyweds, wedding party and many of the wedding guests in a choreographed flash mob that also included the classic disco song, "Celebration."
Mrs Richardson told The Sunday Mirror: 'We have been together for 11 years and engaged for eight and never got round to getting married. As soon as we met Kate, we knew she was exactly the type of vicar we wanted to marry us. She was amazing. 'When we were rehearsing for last weekend's service, she half heartedly suggested doing a flashmob. We had no hesitation.
Tracy said: “Now we see how well it worked and how the congregation got involved, we were obviously right," Tracy said. “We’ve been watching it and laughing so much. There’s a tall guy at the back from work who is in IT called Big Dave and it takes him a lot to get going, but even he starts to move.”
The three-minute clip shows Rev Bottley declaring the couple man and wife before breaking into a dance routine to club classic Everybody Dance Now by C&C Music Factory. She is then quickly joined by the couple before the 100-strong congregation join in.
Tracy continues 'We have been together for 11 years and engaged for eight and never got round to getting married. As soon as we met Kate, we knew she was exactly the type of vicar we wanted to marry us. She was amazing.”
Gary adds: "Armed with our choreographer - Dawn Cherry and Musical Director - Nigel Solway (both of whom are part of 'Blucrew', a fundraising group for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, Nr Sheffield) and along with 28 of our family and friends, we set about rehearsals to create something unique and that would bring our service to life.So for those of you who took part, thank you for your time and commitment, you made our wish come true and have created a lasting memory."