A newlywed couple whose flash mob wedding video has gone viral say they cannot believe how many people have watched it.
Gary and Tracy Richardson arranged for members of the congregation to take part in the outlandish ceremony.
The idea for the flash mob came after a tongue-in-cheek comment from Rev Kate Bottley, from Walkley, Sheffield.
Tracy, who is currently enjoying her honeymoon in the Seychelles with Gary, said: “I really wanted a traditional wedding.
“That was really important for us, to get married in a church, but we wanted to create something that our guests would remember.
She added that it was “bonkers” that over 100,000 people had now watched the footage.
“We wanted to show that church can be a joyous occasion. It can be uplifting.”
Tracy, aged 37 and Gary, aged 48, who live in Bramley, Rotherham, had their wedding reception at Hodsock Priory and were advised to see Rev Bottley about booking their wedding at St Mary’s and St Martin’s Church in Blyth.
Rev Bottley then asked if there was anything in particular they wanted to do to mark their special day.
“They asked what I thought and I said I’ve always wanted to do a flash mob,” she said.
“Tracy’s eyes lit up and she said ‘Oh yes, that’s it’ and then she went about organising it.”
Tracy, a member of the Blu Crew, a team of volunteers who support Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield through entertainment and fundraising events, asked Chairman Nigel Solway if the organisation could be involved.
The couple wanted the flash mob to include the songs Everybody Dance Now by C and C Music Factory, and Kool and The Gang’s Celebration.
“I said yes to Tracy straight away and then worked on the mash up of the songs,” said Nigel.
“Then it was over to our choreographer Dawn Cherry to work out the routine.”
After eight weeks of rehearsals, Tracy and Gary, who were engaged for eight years, were finally ready to tie to know in their unique style.
“It is fantastic to see the response it has had from across the world,” Nigel added.