Abel: My Mom was the one with the idea. She wanted to surprise everyone at the wedding and truly wanted to just have FUN. She came to me with the idea about 6 months before my wedding. I loved it!
Lisa: What I loved about it was the surprise it gave everyone. No one expected anything so different. We are from a very large family
and Abe’s wedding was one of 7 last year we attended. His 2 brothers were also married within the past 3 years with Abe’s wedding being
the last one. So after all these weddings, I had the idea to make the traditional dance have a little something different!
Abel: We worked together with the selection of songs, picking some of our favorite groups (U2, the Proclaimers...) but we also wanted to pick a few crowd-pleasers, (Thriller by Michael Jackson, Stayin’ Alive, and My Hump). Also, we wanted some crowd interaction, so we picked “500 Miles” so the crowd could shout back “Da-da-da-da-Ta!!”
Lisa: Abe came up with that great mix and then it was off and running.
Abel: After we picked the songs, we spent about 3 hours coming up with the dance moves.
Lisa: We had so much fun the day we met and came up with the moves. We laughed so hard!
Abel: Most of the moves were our own creations, but Thriller and Stayin’ Alive were classic pre-choreographed moves.
After we had the moves down, we practiced individually for about 2 weeks... then we got together only one time before the
wedding to run through the dance. I’m still amazed that we pulled it off.
Lisa: We laughed so hard! I never thought I would be able to do it. I was laughing so hard I couldn’t concentrate. Abel was all business though! Flawless!
Abel: NOBODY knew about the dance except for me, Mom and Dad. (Dad handed me the drumsticks).
Lisa: Listen closely and you can hear our daughter say, “oh, my God!”
Abel: The crowd really yells LOUD the second time we point to them to respond “Da-da-da-daTa!” It was awesome!
Lisa: The memory of pulling that together and executing it is priceless to us. Sometimes I will watch it to just laugh and marvel that we pulled it off! What fun we had.
Abel: I hope and pray that others will create such an awesome memory as my Mom and I have.