For most people, wedding vows tend to be the highlight of any wedding ceremony. While family and friends gather around to hear the recital of one’s promises and affection for the other, there’s hardly anything that can change the beautiful moment or take away from it. But this time something was different and out of the ordinary.
A Highly Unusual Speech
Most weddings bring out the inner child in everyone in the sense that it makes us want to believe in fairytales and true love once more. But this one didn’t quite meet our expectations. Things took an unexpected turn, making the guests and everyone present listen intently to what the groom had to say.
In general, people see their wedding as an important milestone in their lives. Many expect that they would feel a lot of different emotions,like love, fear, joy, and many others. But at the end of the day, a wedding is one of the most beautiful moments a couple can experience together.
The lovely couple we’re talking about is Jefferson and Jessica. Both have Portuguese roots, and they fell in love with each other from the very first moment they met. They were inseparable ever since that fateful event and they decided to tie the knot. It seemed that nothing could possibly change the love they felt for one-another.
Many languages are used in Portugal. Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese are the most popular languages. The lovely couple decided to have their wedding ceremony conducted in Portuguese. Some might think this a brave choice, but to the couple it was most appropriate, and soon the guests would realize why.
They Looked Awesome!
The said couple looked awesome on their wedding day. Jessica was absolutely stunning in her wedding dress, veil and tiara. Jefferson also wowed their witnesses in his suit and bow tie. They looked more than ready to officially start their road to forever!
The Crowd Waits
Unbeknownst to everyone, the groom had prepared a surprise: A revealing confession that would shock everyone. As the crowd waited for the bride and groom to arrive, there was the expected sense of excitement and underlying anxiety that comes with a wedding ceremony.
An Unexpected Twist
When the groom eventually pulled out his paper to read his vows, the crowd waited anxiously for him to start. Jefferson knew that it was a very important moment of his life and he wanted to deliver his message as clearly and as effectively as possible.
How It All Began
It all looked typical at first. The wedding started off well and everything seemed to be in order. However, the groom looked really nervous now. His hands were shaking as he started his speech. Nobody knew what was coming but they waited quietly nevertheless.
The Best Man
The best man was right next to the couple. He was taking a video of the ceremony and even started to record the part where the couple would exchange their vows. But one might wonder, did the best man have any idea of the confession that the groom was about to reveal?
The Start Of The Vows
The couple started reading their vows and it all looked pretty normal. Their family and close friends were there giving them support. The bride read hers first, promising her unending devotion and love to her future husband. It was meaningful and emotional.
A Long Pause
It was quite apparent that the groom was about to make an important speech. He attempted to start, but then he stopped, paused for quite some time, then he started giving his speech again. It was clear to everyone that he was nervous, but for what reason exactly was still a mystery.
Months of Preparation
Jefferson had prepared this speech for several months now. Jessica, the bride, knew about all his preparation and trusted that he would make the same vows of undying love as she did. Jessica knew everything there was to know about her future husband, so she gave him the sense of support that he needed in order to continue.
A Fairytale Wedding
Despite her love and trust in him, she sensed that he was building up to something big. At the event everything looked perfect. It was as if they were living their own fairytale. She was completely unaware of the surprise that the groom had prepared for her.
A Turn of Events
Things went as planned, from the beginning until that point. Their guests arrived from different parts of the globe, the bride’s dress was perfect. There was nothing else she could have asked for. At that moment, she patiently waited for Jefferson to pour his heart out in his wedding vows. Or so she thought. The groom, on the other hand, had another plan.
An Unexpected Speech
The whole event was still being recorded on video, and the groom obviously looked very nervous. He said that he had to confess something. He said that he truly loved someone else in the room. Their guests were shocked. They were wondering who it was. The bride tried to keep her cool but she was already angry and ready to explode. She, like the others, was totally shocked.
What was Real?
Since the moment that they first met, they had been inseparable. Jessica actually thought that she had found “the one” for herself and that they would have their fairytale ending. But as it turns out, her reality was a lie. She was feeling a range of different emotions as she stood before him, listening to his speech. What in the world was happening?
Who Took His Heart?
The groom then looked away from Jessica. He then swept the room with his eyes to look for the person that he was referring to. The crowd seemed to follow his eyes, hoping to get a view of the person he so candidly mentioned he had feelings for. The tension was thickening.
The groom said in his speech that there was another girl at the event who made his dreams possible, and that she was someone that he really loved. An explanation was definitely in order and everyone was waiting for it. The groom looked completely sincere.
A Very Important Person
It was obvious that the groom was referring to someone who was extremely important to him. The bride and their guests were all silent. No one knew what to expect next, but the groom was determined as ever to continue and so he did. The moment of truth was fast approaching.
A Complex Relationship
The bride was still shocked and it all felt crazy to her as they had been inseparable since they started having a relationship. She was surprised to know that there was another factor in their relationship that made it more complicated than she first thought it was.
Not Always Sunshine And Roses
She thought that their love was unbreakable, but she was wrong. So, what could this secret be? Obviously, there was always something that they needed to settle between them. But was the wedding ceremony the place and event to do so? Most people would definitely think that it was not.
The Other Girl
Giovana. That was her name. Whispers and chatter started up as her name was mentioned. Who was ‘Giovana’, and why was it important to mention her now, at this critical moment in their lives? The groom talked about her in his speech. She then played an important role in the wedding.
When Jessica heard the name, her heart dropped. Giovana was just 8 years old, and she also happened to be Jessica’s daughter from her past relationship. It turned out the girl with whom he felt a deep connection and love was not some other woman on the side that Jessica had no knowledge about.
Another Love In His Life
Giovana was set to officially become Jefferson’s stepdaughter after the wedding. There was no doubt that she was an important player in both of their lives. The guests then listened attentively to what Jefferson had to say about her.
The groom went to the surprised little girl and knelt before her. He then continued reading his speech. It was something that the bride never expected, and of course neither did the little girl expect this.
Jefferson resumed by reading a list of things that Giovana did that annoyed him which included eating his food and poking him. Although it may seem like something negative, it was actually meant in the best way possible and everyone there felt that.
What He Would Say
The little girl had been through a lot of things already! She continued to wait what else her new stepdad would say. Everyone watching the scene unfold found it difficult not to feel emotional. Some of the guests actually started to shed a tear. Something magical was going on.
The Second Part
The second part of his speech was a list of things that Jefferson promised to do as her father. “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 said.
He said such beautiful words to her. He told Giovana that he would ask God for her to be his daughter if he could ask Him anything. The guests were in awe as they looked on. It was indeed a great declaration of parental love!
The Sweetest Gesture
He was still kneeling in front of Giovana when the groom told the little girl that he loved her like she was his own child. He promised that he would always protect, help and love her. Jessica, the bride, started crying at that point because of overflowing joy.
He finished his speech by telling Giovana, “I love you!” His voice was obviously trembling and he started to break down. It was an emotional moment captured on tape, but more so captured in the hearts of everyone attending the event. It was truly a beautiful moment.
At that point, both the bride and her child, Giovana, were crying. Giovana then took the microphone and fought back her own streaming tears. She looked back at her new father and declared her love for him. That was it for everyone; tears were flowing en masse.
I Love You!
When he ended his speech, Jefferson told his stepdaughter, “I love you, my love!” It was truly one of the most awesome and beautiful moments the people at their wedding ceremony had ever experienced. Such a declaration of love was something extraordinary.
After Jefferson finished giving over his tremendous speech, little Giovana spoke up. She wiped her tears with a napkin while her stepdad was kneeling in front of her, crying. What was she going to say after such a speech?
It was Giovana’s turn to speak. Her response was short and emotional. She told her stepdad that she was thankful and that even though he wasn’t her biological father, he was a “father of her heart.”
Not A Dry Eye In The House
As Giovana was speaking, she wiped her tears from her face. Jefferson, her stepdad, was still kneeling in front of her as she was speaking, sobbing. Everyone else’s faces were filled with tears. It was too emotional.
After declaring their love for each other, the two embraced one another. The wedding guests, finding it difficult to contain their excitement and emotion, stood up and applauded them with fervor and support.
The Video Went Viral
Nowadays, we can see many videos on YouTube featuring wedding stories, funny speeches from the best man, and proposal fails. But not many of them reached more than a million views. So what makes this one so special?
This video which was posted in February 2017 was special indeed. Giovana’s and Jefferson’s speeches were in Portuguese, but even if you don’t understand a word they said, you can definitely tell what’s going on. We also guarantee that the video will make you tear up as well!
Elements Of The Viral Video
At the beginning of the video, it showed the couple exchanging vows. They were standing in front of their family and friends in the middle of a reception hall. The faces of the guests showed that they had no hint at all about what the groom had in store for the wedding party.
Elements Of The Viral Video
In the video, we can see Jefferson taking the microphone. He begins his speech by making a joke, but it quickly turns into something serious and emotional. By looking at his face you can tell that something unusual was about to take place.
The video has also captured the reaction of Jessica, Giovana, and the guests. It is a very beautiful video recording of an equally memorable moment! It’s amazing what benefits we can reap from modern technology – capturing moments in time and saving them for a lifetime.
The World Moved
This is definitely one of the most heartwarming moments caught on video ever! Millions of people saw the said video and it received a lot interest immediately after it was uploaded. There’s no surprise why this is so.
In less than 8 months, the video had already been seen by more than 10 million people! With all the crazy stuff in the world, it is not surprising that this kind of video became an instant sensation.
A Beautiful Reaction
The reactions online were amazingly positive. People have left positive comments and even congratulated the new family. It’s truly remarkable that people who have no connection the couple or their daughter can feel and express such emotion.
One comment written by YouTuber Jochelle Recto was also amazing. She wrote, “Even if the language is foreign, it still made me cry.” Isn’t that sweet? It just goes to show that while many fuss over negative news, there’s plenty of good news to connect people from all over the globe.
No Matter The Language
This video is proof that there are no language barriers to truly heartfelt moments, and that everyone can empathize with, and understand each other even though we speak different languages. We certainly love stories like this that just warms the heart. We hope you enjoyed it, too!