When the final bridesmaid has walked down the aisle and the music changes its tune, everyone rises as the bride makes her entrance, usually to something like Bach’s “Jesu Man of Joys Desiring” or Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”
But not Arianna Pflederer.
She opened her mouth and sang.
It’s not every day you see a bride sing Carrie Underwood’s “Look at Me” on her walk down the aisle with a voice that brought tears to the groom’s eyes — and likely many of those in the congregation as well.
“I had no idea,” the groom, Ryan, 21, said about his now-wife’s performance. “It was a complete surprise to me.”
So beautiful was her singing that though the Pflederer wedding was in July 2013 and the video was posted on YouTube in August 2013, it’s just being discovered as a viral gem now. It had more than half a million hits on YouTube at the time of this posting, but more than 13 million on GodTube, a video-sharing site that focuses on Christian content.
Watch her stunning performance:
After the song, the pastor stepped up and gave the perfect amount of ease to the emotional moment.
“That, my friend Ryan, is called making an entrance,” he said as people chuckled in agreement.
With their video reaching critical mass, the couple on Sunday released a Q&A video about the bride’s unique walk down the aisle:
As it turns out, Arianna didn’t come up with the idea to serenade her husband at the wedding entirely on her own.
“The whole story of me singing down the aisle is just my mom had actually sung down the aisle to my stepdad,” Arianna, a singer-songwriter, explained.
Because she and Ryan had done a “first look” — when couples choose to see each other on their wedding day before the bride walks down the aisle — she wanted to make that moment special in another way.
“I felt like it would be kinda boring if we had already seen each other and then I walked down the aisle. It’s just like, there’s no, like, moment anymore,” she said. “Ryan likes when I sing.”