Wedding vows are typically the main part of a wedding ceremony. This is when you and your partner recite promises and express affection for one another as you are surrounded by the people you love most. What could possibly be more beautiful than a moment like this one? However, this wedding was nothing like your ordinary ceremony.
A Highly Unusual Speech
Weddings are the perfect opportunity for people to let their inner hopeless romantics loose. After all, this is the chance to witness true love in all of its splendor. This one, however, took people by surprise.
Generally, people view their wedding as one of the most important milestones of their lives. It is reasonable enough to expect feelings of fear, love, and joy all in one go. No matter how you feel about it, there is no denying that a wedding will be something a couple will remember for years to come.
For this story, we want to introduce you to Jefferson and Jessica. The two have Portuguese lineage, and it was love at first sight for the two of them. After meeting each other, the two were practically inseparable! No one was surprised they ended up tying the knot. It was clear to everyone that the two were serious about one another.
There are many languages spoken in their home country. Aside from Portuguese, there are lots of English, French, and Spanish speakers as well. The two decided to conduct the wedding ceremony in Portuguese. It is a rather unusual but bold choice, but they decided it was appropriate for their nuptials.
They Looked Awesome!
Needless to say, the two of them looked wonderful on the big day. The bride was nothing short of breathtaking in her dress, tiara, and veil. Meanwhile, Jefferson blew everyone away all dressed up. There is nothing better than starting your new life together in style!
The Crowd Waits
Everyone was still oblivious to the fact that Jefferson had a surprise up his sleeve. It was a confession that no one expected. As the guests waited for them to get there, the venue was full of the anxiety and excitement typical for such an important event.
An Unexpected Twist
The crowd anxiously waited when Jefferson took out the paper to read the vows. Jefferson knew it was an important moment for everyone involved, so he tried to deliver his words as effectively and clearly as he possibly could. What could he have been planning to do?
How It All Began
Nothing seemed unusual in the beginning. The wedding began normally, and nothing seemed out of place. However, he was appearing more and more nervous. His hands began to shake as he started to speak. No one knew what he was about to say but let him carry on.
The Best Man
The best man was there right next to the bride and groom. He was videoing the ceremony and started to record the moment they exchanged their vows. However, it is worth wondering if he knew what was happening. Could he have been aware of the big reveal coming up then and there?
The Start Of The Vows
The bride and groom began to read the vows, which was perfectly normal. Their friends and family watched as this was happening. The bride went first and promised her never-ending love and devotion to the man she would soon call her husband.
A Long Pause
Everyone could tell that Jefferson was going to deliver something important. He tried to begin but stopped all of a sudden. He took a pause for a little while before giving it another go. It did not take a genius to figure out how nervous he was, though what was there to get all anxious about?
Months of Preparation
It took him months to prepare the speech and now was the time to say it out loud. Do not worry, his bride was confident that he loved her. More importantly, she trusted he would return the promises of love she just made. She had no fears and even gave him the support he needed to go on.
A Fairytale Wedding
Despite the trust and love she felt, she could tell that something big was about to happen. Prior to that moment, it looked like everything was going on. They were practically living out a fairytale of her own. Now, what could her groom possibly be up to?
A Turn of Events
The wedding was going on perfectly until that moment happened. The guests were all present, the bridal dress was spectacular, everyone was happy. What else could they possibly have asked for? And yet she decided to wait for him to spill his heart out during the wedding vows. However, the groom actually had something else in mind. What was he planning to do?
An Unexpected Speech
The best man was still capturing the moment on video, which further added to the anxiety of the groom. He admitted that there was something he needed to confess. Apparently, there was someone else there that he loved! The guests were understandably shocked and began to wonder who it could possibly be. Of course, you can just imagine what the bride must have felt the moment that he said that.
What was Real?
Like we said earlier, the two have become inseparable soon after they met. Jessica was even under the impression that he was “the one” she had been looking for. If what she thought was true, he played her like a fiddle. She felt different emotions go through her head as she stood there and listened to his words. Exactly what was going on?
Who Took His Heart?
The groom looked away from his bride then and combed the room using his eyes to seek the person he had in mind. The crowd, of course, followed his gaze to find out who he was talking about. How could he have feelings for someone else? The atmosphere was incredibly tense by that point.
Jefferson talked about another girl present there and then who he loved and treasured a lot. It must be a very special person if he felt the need to proclaim his love for her on that day. Everyone wanted and waited to hear an explanation from this groom.
A Very Important Person
It is clear that the groom was talking about someone who he valued very much. Everyone, including the guests and bride, remained silent as he went on. Although none of them knew what was going to happen, the groom looked determined to hold on and continue. You won’t believe the truth behind it.
A Complex Relationship
Jennifer was completely shocked by the revelation. She could not believe it because everything was going so well between the two of them. It came as a complete surprise to her that there was something like this happening in the relationship. Was she wrong about the whole thing?
Not Always Sunshine And Roses
She believed nothing could break the love they had between them. What could he possibly be talking about? Clearly, they had to settle this thing between them before they got married. Should they keep going with the ceremony at this point? You would probably think the answer is a hard no.
The Other Girl
He finally told everyone the name of the girl: Giovana. After he dropped the bomb, chatter and whispers started up. Who was she and why was he talking about her now of all moments? The groom mentioned her in the speech he prepared. She had a crucial role in this wedding, after all.
Upon hearing that name, Jessica felt her heart drop. Giovana was actually her 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship! It turned out that she was the one that her groom was talking about. He said he felt deeply connected to the little girl. She was relieved that he was not talking about someone else!
Another Love In His Life
Giovana was about to be his official daughter by the time the wedding was over. No one was dearer than her to Jennifer and Jefferson. The crowd waited patiently to listen to what else he had to say.
The groom approached the little girl in question and knelt down! He kept going with the speech he prepared. It was not something the bride expected to happen, but the little girl expected it even less!
Jefferson continued talking about a lot of things she did to annoy him. It included harmless things like poking him and eating his food. These might sound a little negative, but he was only poking fun at one of his favorite humans in the world!
What He Would Say
After all, Giovana had already experienced a lot of things over the course of her short life. She kept waiting for what else Jefferson wanted to tell her. Everyone at the wedding watched as this touching scene unfolded. Those who weren’t afraid to show their emotions even started to tear up!
The Second Part
Now that the identity of the girl he loved was all cleared up, he started to talk about what he plans to do for her as her father. He said, “If I could ask God anything, it would be to have you as my daughter. I would be the proudest father in the world to have such a beautiful, intelligent, and educated daughter like you.”
He sure knew how to charm the little girl. He told his future stepdaughter that he asked God to go and make her his daughter, and it was becoming a reality at long last. The guests felt awestruck and moved by his glorious declaration of paternal love. Aww.
The Sweetest Gesture
He was in that same position when the groom told Giovana that he loved her just like she was his own blood. He promised that he would forever protect, love, and help here. Meanwhile, where was Jessica? She was crying by then, and we can totally see why.
He ended the speech by telling her these three words: “I love you!” He was trembling and began to break down in front of the little girl. It was an incredible moment, and they caught the whole thing on video. We are sure everyone in that room felt blessed to see it in person.
It is not surprising that both Jennifer and Giovana were crying by then. The little girl grabbed the microphone and tried to stop her tears. She reciprocated by looking at Jefferson and declaring her love for him. Well, you can just imagine how much tears began to flow!
I Love You!
When he finished delivering his speech, he told the young girl, “I love you, my love!” It was such an amazing and beautiful moment that many of the guests at the wedding felt very emotional. Who would have thought they would get the opportunity to witness something so beautiful?
After Jefferson gave his extraordinary speech, it was time for Giovana to speak her mind. She used a napkin to wipe her tears as her stepfather knelt in front of her. What was this little girl about to tell him?
This time, it was her turn to speak. Giovana kept her response short but emotional. She told him how thankful she was. Although Jefferson was not her biological father, he was the “father of her heart.”
Not A Dry Eye In The House
As she spoke, she had to keep wiping her eyes. The same was true for Jefferson, who remained kneeling there as she spoke and sobbing his heart out. There was not a single dry face that day.
After expressing their love for one another, the two hugged. The wedding guests could no longer stay quiet and began to applaud them with support. It was no doubt hard to contain their emotions!
The Video Went Viral
These days, you will never run out of wedding videos to watch on YouTube. Some are hilarious speeches by the best man, while there are also proposal fails. However, it is rare for such videos to reach over a million views like this one did.
There truly was something special about the video posted on the platform in February 2017. It is true that the speeches were given in Portuguese, but you will still be able to understand what was going on the whole time. We are sure the video will make your eyes fill with tears too.
Elements Of The Viral Video
At the start of the video, you can see the bride and groom exchanging vows. They were standing in the middle of a reception hall, with all their friends and family around them. You can easily tell from the faces of the wedding guests that they did not know what was about to happen.
Elements Of The Viral Video
In this video, you will see Jefferson holding the microphone. He starts off the speech with a joke, but it immediately turns more emotional and serious. You can just tell by the look on his face that he was about to do something rather unusual.
The video also captured the way Giovana, Jessica, and the guests reacted. It is truly an amazing video recording of a moment that was just as memorable. Isn’t it incredible that modern technology allows us to capture moments as they were happening and keep them for the rest of our lives?
The World Moved
This might just be one of the most tender moments ever captured on video. There are millions of people who watched that video since it got a lot of attention as soon as it was put up there. We aren’t surprised people found it so interesting!
It took them less than 8 months before the video had reached over 10 million people! Considering all the ridiculous stuff happening in the world, we are not surprised that it became a huge hit in no time at all.
A Beautiful Reaction
The reactions of the viewers had been overwhelmingly positive. People left comments to express their support for this lovely new family. It is amazing how people who do not know the bride, groom, or daughter managed to feel all that emotion from the video!
Take a look at this YouTube comment left by Jochelle Recto. She said, “Even if the language is foreign, it still made me cry.” How sweet is that? Although there are many negative stories right now, it is always lovely that people from different cultures can come together to celebrate love.
No Matter The Language
The video goes to show us that language barriers do not exist in heartfelt moments like this. People can always empathize and understand one another when we take the time to appreciate love. Stories like this one will never fail to tug at the heartstrings.