Bride serenades groom at wedding: uncomfortable & weird or sweet?

You’ve probably already seen this video over at D-Listed, which is where I first encountered it, but I just couldn’t resist talking about it. As Michael K mentioned, it’s like a scene from “Glee” except it’s real life and it makes you kind of cringe. A bride walks down the aisle in church toward her fiance and belts out Christina Aguilera’s “The Right Man.” She can really sing, and it begs the question: Is this for real or did someone just stage this video to go viral? There are people in the church, but the bride’s side (that’s the left when you first walk in, right?) is almost empty and the whole video is just really slick. Well Inside Edition got an interview with the happy couple, and the bride actually doesn’t seem like an unhinged Jessica Biel lookalike, she comes across as sweet and genuine. The couple lives outside of Cincinnati, and they seem like happy newlyweds, in the less than a minute interview that is. Their video interview is below, and here’s their background story:

You’ve never seen a wedding video like the one in which a bride serenades her groom as she walks down the aisle.

The video is burning up the internet, Now everyone’s asking—can this be real?

“They’re actors,” said some viewers, “No way she’s a real bride.”

It’s real alright, and she spoke exclusively with INSIDE EDITION.

“I wanted him to know how much I loved him, and how perfect he is to me. I thought the best way to do that would be to sing to him as I walked down the aisle,” said Carr.

INSIDE EDITION caught up with Marie Carr and her husband, Devin, at their home outside Cincinnati.

Carr’s dad died when she was a teenager, so she had no one to walk her down the aisle. She decided to go it alone, and belt out a Christina Aguilera love song as she went.

“It was so hard to keep it together, but it was so easy to walk towards the love of my life,” Carr told INSIDE EDITION.

Devin was blown away, saying, “It was amazing. I couldn’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.”

[From Inside Edition]

The Stir has more on the groom, and he almost died when he was a kid. He “faced tragedy when he was hit by a pickup truck at the age of 12 and spent a month in a coma, suffered brain trauma and wasn’t expected to survive. But he re-learned to walk and talk and now volunteers to help children who have suffered similar brain injuries.” The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital website has a whole interview with the groom and his mom, and it’s legit, it’s not just some clever way to sell the singing video.

So does this make me a total bitch for previously thinking this chick was crazy for doing this? She lost her dad and didn’t have anyone to walk her down the aisle, her husband is a great guy who overcame tragedy, they have a whole background story and they’re so in looove. Was it sexist of me to find it weird for a bride to sing to her soon-to-be husband? Probably, but I already knew I was a bitch. Plus she was performing like she was on Idol. It seemed so staged.

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  1. cmc says:

    This is my FAVORITE VIDEO EVER. I seriously watched it 4 times in my office yesterday, shaking with laughter. This is so hilarious and clueless… that poor church-ful of people! I would have been openly laughing.

    blah blah cute story blah. I’m here for the snark, not being nice to folks.

    • Kristina says:

      Could you imagine being at that wedding? There is no way in hell that I would be able to keep a straight face. You know that the bride is one of those people who go do karaoke to hog the microphone and hold everyone hostage while they give a concert because they deludedly thinks they are a gifted singer.

      • QQ says:

        ROTFL Oh ladies, Im DYING at the ridiculousness of it all the walking*pause*belting cheesy lyrics*pause*holding her stomach*pause*

        sorry that was ridiculoys

      • Jill says:

        I couldn’t agree with QQ more!! It was terrible. “Cheesy”. Odd. And the song….YUCK!! It sounded more like a funeral procession.

    • Bonfire Beach says:

      cmc, your comment is hilarious! I would’ve laughed too.

    • gg says:

      That’s because she’s very obviously lip-synching – easy to catch because the sound is wrong and her voice has too much sterile studio sound. Impossible to achieve on a video like this. She’s holding her diaphragm to make it look like she’s really singing; that part did fool people. Xtina does it all the time.

      But his bad rug doesn’t fool me. Hair Club for Men, dude.

      • Ellie says:

        Lol I don’t think she’s lip-synching, because it sounds pretty bad. And nothing like Christina, over-wrought as it may sound. I’m embarrassed for this girl, someone’s obviously filled her head with lies about how good of a singer she is.

        Also, in the video her husband looks embarrassed too when she isn’t looking at him, as Michael K pointed out, and I can’t blame the guy.

      • gg says:

        Trust me, she’s lip synching. She ain’t Xtina, but the sound is not coming from that church interior, it’s all on tape. Her studio voice isn’t bad though, imo, but live, it would’ve sounded far worse, and she didn’t want to flub it on the day, so she took the safe route.

    • bns says:

      haha! you sound like me

    • Nancito says:

      cmc RULES!!!!

  2. Sue says:

    Wow, that is really different! He looks a little ackward trying to hold her hand……

    • Rhea says:

      Yup. He looked like regretting his decision to let her pulled this stunt. LOL. 😀

  3. lisa2 says:

    I didn’t watch it. I just think that everyone is trying so hard to get noticed that even weddings now have become some stunt to get on youtube then TV. Even wedding proposals. Next they will be doing some stunt at funerals. I mean couldn’t she have sung to him at the reception?

    So not watching this. It has to stop somewhere.

    • jc126 says:

      I saw a few minutes of it on TV last night, it was mortifying. I agree, this whole filming of proposals and weddings is tiresome. I don’t care about how inventively someone proposes or dances down the aisle.

    • Minime says:

      I would have watched it till the end…if only I could. Too much fremdschämen, had to hit the stop button.

      • Ellie says:

        Best word ever, and awesome application of it! I’ve never heard it before, so thanks for learnin’ it to me:

        The phenomenon of ‘fremdschämen’ refers to an empathic process in which person A feels ashamed in place of person B. Person B is not aware that they are in a situation about which they need to feel shame; person A, however, absolutely is. From this embarrassing feeling of being touched by the situation in which person B finds himself unknowingly, person A feels vicariously ashamed for him.

      • Katija says:

        For me it’s more schadenfreude. 🙂

      • Esmom says:

        I used to get that feeling when Conan first started!

      • Jovia says:

        He didn’t know what to do with his hands and kept trying to hold hers, but she was completely oblivious to his discomfort, and only into her diva singing. LOL

      • Shaishai says:

        I think in English the word is fontrum. I couldn’t watch more than 5 seconds; I get embarrassed easily.

      • jamie says:

        VERY interesting, never knew there what a term for that feeling.

  4. poppy says:

    i think her quote was really “I wanted him to know how much I love me, and how perfect I am to me.”

  5. Kola says:

    Seems like attention seeking on her part. It looked more like an American Idol audition than something sweet. He looked uncomfortable.

    • beyonce's bump says:

      Okay this IS uncomfortable and hella wierd, but I don’t get the attention seeking comments? DID you SEE who was at the church? it was half empty filled with memaws and pepaws! We are also assuming she knew this video will become viral. She reminds me of those try hards A type personality that try to be all “perfect” and “cute” and “innovative” but just end up being awkward a f. If she wanted to show case her “talents” and wanted a “viral video” she could easily have done it at the reception. I just think this girl is wierd.

      • Kola says:

        Whatever,it doesn’t matter how many people were in the church. I know that she probably didn’t think it would go viral. What I meant was that she reminds of the type that doesn’t mind the lime light, whether there’s 2 people in a room or a 100. But that is just my observation.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I think she knew damn well this would go viral.

      • gg says:

        That’s another reason I think this is completely fabricated. I could see them doing this either before or after the wedding, with very limited guests, and notice, nobody looks surprised in the audience. They knew what was going on. She just did this to get her voice on YouTube so she could be famous like everybody else.

      • ozmom says:

        I agree, B’s Bump. I believe she was trying to do something sweet, memorable and different and it came off as awkward. At least she tried. I wouldn’t have the guts to do it!

  6. DanaG says:

    No reason she couldn’t have sung this at the reception. Most brides feel being the bride and walking down the aisle is enough attention I guess not for her. He looks so uncomfortable and it’s even harder to watch. I guess we know who is going to try out for X factor.

    • Johanna says:

      I was invited to a wedding in which the bride sang the song ”Solo Tu” by Selena with mariachis in the background to her groom AT THE RECEPTION. It was both beautiful & appropriate.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I’ve been at weddings where he bride and/or groom have sung at the reception. That’s fine. But none of them have ever sung their way down the aisle.

      • Relli says:

        I bet that was cool. But “Solo Tu,” is an old song, my grandfather used to sing to my grandmother, Selena just put a new twist on an old song 🙂

      • Katija says:

        At the reception is so beyond fine. Seriously. If anyone critiqued a bride for singing at her reception, I would tell them to get the stick out of their butt and relax.

  7. fancyamazon says:

    I think it is probably real, but the reason it seems staged is because it was obviously filmed for public consumption. There is no personal or intimate feel to it at all, and how many cameras did they use? I did not watch all the way to the end. Real and staged both is my opinion. In that they really were getting married, but staged the march for youtube.

  8. Jackie O says:

    someone is looking for her big break.

    she seems to be lip synching to me. whatever.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Uncomfortable and weird! Seriously if she felt the need to sing to the groom a much more appropriate location would have been at the reception ( under her breath during the first dance 🙂 )

    • Susan says:

      Exactly! That would be the right time/way. Subtlety goes a long way. But I guess it doesn’t go viral which must have been her real intention.

  10. NM6804 says:

    I would have fallen down from laughter and crawled my way out of that church if somebody would ever perform like that on their wedding day!

    Please, do not let this become a trend, weddings are already about “proving something to the public”, let’s not make it into more of a vanity contest than it already is.

  11. Maritza says:

    She looks a little bit like Mariah Carey, who is all about herself. So she had no bridesmaids and no flower girl, that was one visually boring wedding if you ask me.

    • Katija says:

      *Gasp* There AREN’T any bridesmaids, are there?

      Oh, LMAO, I can just SEE a group of girls… “If she is doing this singing shit, tell her the David’s Bridal fitting is OFF. Seriously. I’m not showing up for that trainwreck!”

    • gg says:

      That’s because it’s all staged. If she wanted to make it look more real, she would’ve had a lot more actors and asked them to feign surprise. Nobody looks surprised here at all. Phoney.

    • jess says:

      When I first watched the video I thought it was a clip for a really bad movie starring Mandy Moore.

  12. qtpi says:

    Great. She’s just giving Rimes ideas for next years vow renewal.

  13. MeMyself says:

    Aw, come you guys…how many weddings are pretty much the same? When I think back to the what, hundred or so I have to through the years? They all kind of blend together….
    Good for her for making it different and silly.

  14. marie says:

    I saw the video and thought the same thing, so count me in the bitch category.. but after reading the background, seems uncomfortable, but sweet..

  15. Trish says:

    her voice certainly was decent ‘if’ she had stayed in her vocal range..but she had no business trying to belt out those high notes…she was literally screaming to hit them, and she was still pitchy…. it was awkward and attention seeking….but these days, that’s all we seem to see.

  16. Cletus says:

    NO. It’s awful.

  17. thepants says:

    I’m singing to my husband to be at my wedding next month. I’m a member of my church band and they’ll be playing through out the service. I’m going to be singing Brandie Carlisle’s “The Story”. Music is a huge part of my life and I sing constantly. I can’t imagine not singing at my own wedding. BUT after seeing this I’m going to make sure no one takes video of that part of the service. I would NOT want something so private as my wedding to go viral.

    • Katija says:

      Are you doing it *while* walking down the aisle? Or is it in the program as part of the ceremony?

      Don’t do it while walking down the aisle. Seriously. You’ll regret it later.

      Part of the ceremony is different.

      • Beatrix says:

        Katija is right. Maybe at the reception or later in the wedding day, but it is completely inappropriate during the walk down the isle, not to mention embarrassing for anyone having to sit through that.

    • gg says:

      My sister is a singer, a music teacher, and piano teacher. She insisted on singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the middle of the ceremony. OY. It was a religious ceremony and the hissy, canned accompaniment on tape put a cheap spin on it. Yes, we were embarrassed but what can you do when somebody is intent on doing this?

      If you have to do it, at least have real musicians play real accompaniment instead of a canned karaoke or similar tape (flute and piano sound lovely together, for example). Otherwise, it’s incongruous to the rest of the ceremony and sort of cheapens the atmosphere.

      • thepants says:

        I’m not doing it walking down the isle. I’m doing it either before or after my vows. We are also incorporating a lot of singing into the service. Most of the people attending are actors and musicians so we’re doing a sing-a-long to Lean on Me while the attendants walk down the isle. By conventional standards it’s going to be a weird wedding. My maid of honor is a drag queen.

  18. marigold says:

    When I saw this, I immediately felt bad for the people in the pews. Nothing could be more awkward than this and I’m sure all they wanted to do was find an exit. Also, I know the day is all about them but a wedding is not a performance. Save that sh*t for the reception if you must do it.

  19. flan says:

    Yeah, it is old-fashioned to find a bride singing to her husband weird or even ‘crazy’ as you say.

  20. Katija says:

    Go ahead and attack me for this.

    When couples both have personal tragedies in their history and are eager to discuss it, I find it MEGA tedious. I also right away assume that they are always mutually stroking each other’s egos and talking about how hard they’ve collectively had it.

  21. Relli says:

    i saw this and died laughing!

    In the last few years my husband and I have attended numerous weddings and from each one we have walked away with that one moment that defines each one. THIS must have been that defining moment for this wedding. No guest is goign to walk away forgetting about this!

  22. SolitaryAngel says:

    “The phenomenon of ‘fremdschämen’ refers to an empathic process in which person A feels ashamed in place of person B. Person B is not aware that they are in a situation about which they need to feel shame; person A, however, absolutely is. From this embarrassing feeling of being touched by the situation in which person B finds himself unknowingly, person A feels vicariously ashamed for him.”

    Person A = The WORLD
    Person B = LeAnn Rimes

    • Katija says:

      Again, I’m gonna argue that the more appropriate word for the average Celebitchy commenter in this scenario is in fact schadenfreude. 🙂

      Example: “Oh my God, squinty started crying because her husband’s ex called her out on Twitter. Oh, she’s really sad…. *begin slow laugh*”

  23. Marie says:

    What a great audition, ehm.. I mean wedding …

  24. Katija says:

    Also – groom does not look happy. He is making the face my boyfriend makes when I’ve had too much to drink and I’m rambling about politics. “Okay, honey. Okay, sweetheart. That’s enough. We get it. You can stop now. No, no more shots.”

  25. Sarah says:

    All I could think of while watching this is

    I think I was ten when this aired and even then I was like “Stop. Just…. just stop.”

  26. Fofototto says:

    Her church was okay with this? Weddings aren’t just about the bride, they’re about the groom and family too. I hate when people say “it’s MY day”. Uhm, no it’s not….

    Also, my mom would’ve tackled me if I tried to pull a stunt like that. She’s got super sense and probably would’ve confiscated the mic before the doors even opened. Its a cute/uncomfortable gesture, but I agree with what those above said, the reception is the place for it.

  27. skuddles says:

    Think I’d die of embarrassment if my spouse did that to me….

  28. Guest says:

    She probably has seen too many reality TV shows and thought this would be her 15 minutes of fame, hopefully those two will have a long and happy marriage and she can sing to him on their 50th anniversary and embarrass him again.

  29. jjj says:

    This is so stupidly uncomfortable to watch. Obsessed with yourself much?

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  31. Kim says:

    To each his own but the groom looked awfully uncomfortable.

  32. LucyOriginal says:

    “Plus she was performing like she was on Idol. It seemed so staged.” Yes!

    It would had been nice if:
    1- she hadn’t made so many faces and effort to sing;
    2- the Mariah-Carey-hand-movement bothers me a lot. It’s so distracting and she was not even belting high notes. B* please…;
    3- she was incapable of actually singing to him. She was posing and singing like she was auditioning.

    • LucyOriginal says:

      if she was capable of singing to him and didn’t do the Mariah-Carey hand moviment…*

  33. Jaxx says:

    I find it so embarrassing to be sung to. Period.

  34. Ivy says:

    When I was a few years out of college, one of my (intensely crazy) friends got married and asked me to be a bridesmaid. At the time, I sang a lot…so did the other bridesmaids. So, of course we all became “singing bridesmaids”, because that’s what you do in Nowhere, AL.

    The bride picked “Love Can Build A Bridge” by none other than the Judd’s. It was epic. We wore black dresses that we picked out from Wal-Mart the morning of the wedding. I had to almost hog-tie the bride from singing too. She had her heart set on busting through the closed doors of the sanctuary and joining in on the chorus as her dad walked her down the aisle – can you imagine how fantastically awesome that would have been. In retrospect, I should have kept my yapper shut!

  35. Joanna says:

    I think she has a great voice and her performance was great. if you listen to the words, it’s really sweet.