Flash mob wedding dance: Tracy Richardson on 'amazing' reaction

  • 24 June 2013
  • From the section England

Two newlyweds whose vicar led a flash mob dance routine at their wedding say they cannot believe how many people have watched a video of the ceremony.

Gary and Tracy Richardson opted for the flash mob after a "tongue in cheek suggestion" from the Rev Kate Bottley.

The couple, who live in Rotherham, said they wanted to make the ceremony in Nottinghamshire joyous and memorable.

Speaking from her honeymoon in the Seychelles, Mrs Richardson said the reaction was "bonkers" and "amazing".

"I really wanted a traditional wedding," she said.

"That was really important for us, to get married in a church, but we wanted to create something that our guests would remember.

Image caption Tracy Richardson said it was "bonkers" that thousands of people had watched the footage

"We wanted to show that church can be a joyous occasion. It can be uplifting."

Over 100,000 people have watched online footage of the wedding at St Mary's and St Martin's Church, in Blyth.

'God loves a party'

After exchanging vows, the couple and their guests danced to Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), by C+C Music Factory.

They later danced to Celebration, by Kool & the Gang.

The idea came at a wedding preparation meeting between the vicar and the couple, who have been together for 11 years.

The Rev Bottley, an Anglican priest, said: "I said 'I've always wanted to do a flash mob wedding, ha ha ha, at which point Tracy said 'That's a great idea'.

"Jesus's first miracle was at a wedding and God loves a party.

"I think the right place for joy is in the house of God.

"There were about 30 people in on the act but it was contagious."

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