My husband and I put together this dance to surprise & entertain our guests, friends, and family. It was a hard year for a group of us, having lost a very dear friend, who was meant to be in our wedding party, so to bring everyone together and make them smile and laugh was really important to us. We had joked around about doing a special dance for almost a year of our engagement, about two months before the wedding we decided to go for it. My husband cut and sewed the music clips together, I choreographed the steps and was very surprised how fast my husband caught on, and everything came together.
We decided we would need to do the dance at least once a night *in my mother's living room* in order to remember it, but also to help us lose weight for our big day! I know I fell deeper in love through spending so much time dancing together, and he mentioned our bond growing more during that time too.
I have to thank my Mom, A LOT, for putting up with the loud music, repeating over and over, every night for two months, for allowing us to change her living room into a ballroom each night, as well as for her suggestions and guidance. She kept her promise and didn't slip our secret to anyone, not even my father, who was shocked at the wedding reception. I have to thank our friend Christine too for capturing the whole thing on video, unknowing what was to come.
Wedding Date: Oct 16 2010
Bride's Name: Christina Yingling-Smith
Groom's Name: Benjamin Smith
Wedding Date: November 20, 2010
Location: Yorktowne Hotel, York PA
We wanted to do something unique for our first dance while also trying to incorporate Ben's love of horror into our wedding. We came up with the idea of doing the Thriller dance at our wedding. We wanted to hire dancers and have them dress up as zombies. We originally thought it was a completely unique idea until we looked on YouTube and saw that quite a few people had done a Thriller first dance but no one had a whole group of makeup ridden zombies dancing with them. We decided it had to be done! It took some time, but we eventually found a great group of dancers from Millersville University to dance with us and a makeup artist that just happened to do bridal makeup and special effects makeup! We rehearsed with Unpredictable from Millersville University weekly for about 10 weeks before the wedding. Our makeup artist, Carmina Cristina, started the day doing all the bridal makeup for the bridal party and then went on to do the zombie makeup for our 8 dancers finishing up just in time for the dance! A special thanks to the Unpredictable Dance Crew from Millersville University and Makeup by Carmina Cristina!