Jeff Althoff lives in Blaine, Minnesota, and in March 2017 the most important event of his life was fast approaching. Naturally, Jeff wanted it to be a day that the woman he loved would never forget.
Jeff and his partner, Jenna, got married on March 4, 2017. On this already very special day, lucky Jeff woke up to an amazing surprise. Yes, his wife-to-be had left him a new set of golf clubs as a wedding day gift.
He was delighted, of course, but little did Jenna know that Jeff had a surprise of his own up his sleeve. It wouldn’t be until after the wedding ceremony itself that Jenna would receive her mystery gift, though.
Jeff had been planning the surprise for a while. In fact, he even hired a film crew to capture the event. The resulting video was eventually posted on YouTube, so the world could see the big moment too.
In the video, Jeff first gathered his groomsmen together and thanked them for being there for him on his big day. He then announced that he had a big surprise in store for Jenna. He even went as far as calling it “the wedding gift of her dreams.”
He made it seem as though he was about to tell them what the surprise was going to be, and they were hanging on his every word. But Jeff was only teasing and told the disappointed groomsmen to simply “stay tuned.”
Then, after the main ceremony, Jeff decided that it was finally time for the big reveal. So during the wedding reception, he took to the stage, nervously clutching a microphone. Next, he asked his new wife to join him at the front of the room.
Jenna appeared in her beautiful lace wedding dress, clearly unsure of what was about to happen. Jeff kept talking to the crowd of family and friends, calling Jenna “the most beautiful bride you’ve ever seen.”
Jeff told his bride that he had been wanting to get her a special wedding gift. He joked that it would not be hunting or fishing related, and it would be a gift especially for her. It would be “everything that you want,” he added.
He then asked Jenna, “Would you agree with me that the last few hours have been the best hours of your life as a family of two?” The puzzled bride nodded and agreed. What was Jeff doing?
Jeff’s next sentence was even more bewildering. He said, “Well, I’m proud to announce that we have now become a family of three!” If she wasn’t confused already, she was now.
What on earth could he mean by, “We have become a family of three?” The friends on the table behind Jenna gasped and applauded; one of them covered her face in shock. Had they seen something Jenna hadn’t?
Jenna, still in the dark about the nature of her surprise, slowly turned her head to the right. And there she saw it – the amazing secret was finally revealed! The whole room erupted into applause.
So, what was the huge surprise? The video showed a woman walking towards Jenna holding something tight in her arms. Then, she placed it into the arms of Jenna, who hugged it tight.
Clearly over the moon with her gift, the video shows Jenna hugging it tight. The new addition to the family became the center of attention, and guests practically lined up to gush over it.
Not only had Jenna tied the knot with her husband that day, but she’d also had another dream come true. She had a puppy! And her amazing husband, Jeff, had made it happen in the most amazing way.
Since the video was uploaded to YouTube, it has received over 700,000 views and hundreds of likes on Facebook. Some of the comments left beneath the video gave a sense of how special a moment it had been.
One comment read, “Amazing video! Amazing gift! Amazing reaction! Congratulations Jeff and Jenna!! Looked like a beautiful wedding!” Clearly, Jeff had totally nailed it.
“My favorite part of the night,” wrote one of the wedding guests, who was clearly impressed by Jeff’s wonderful surprise. So not only had he made his wife incredibly happy, but he’d also made some of the guests’ day!
It’s true that many couples agree to give each other gifts on the most special day of their lives. Be it jewelry or something sentimental, it’s a lovely tradition. But we can probably all agree that Jeff Althoff went above and beyond for his blushing bride, Jenna.
Jenna is obviously an extremely lucky lady – a puppy on your wedding day! What could be better? Welcoming a four-legged friend into the fold isn’t the only way to become a family of three on your wedding day, though, as another groom demonstrated in 2017. Yes, when he took center stage ready for his vows, he had a mammoth surprise up his sleeve.
The wedding guests were all gathered around the groom, waiting to hear what he had to say to his new wife. But halfway through his speech, the groom started talking to another girl – and perhaps unsurprisingly, the video of it broke the internet.
YouTube is full of emotional wedding stories, hilarious best man speeches and elaborate proposals, but not every video documenting a special moment in someone’s life reaches a million views. And certainly not every video passes an eye-watering eight million.
That’s what makes one particular wedding speech uploaded in February 2017 very special indeed. That speech is carried out in Portuguese, but even if you can’t understand a word, it’s easy to tell what is going on. And, in fact, it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you cry.
It all begins at the wedding of a couple who look very much in love. The bride, named Jéssica, looks stunning in a white wedding dress, complete with sparkly tiara and veil. The groom, Jefferson, also looks very dapper in his suit, topped off with a smart bow tie.
And the video begins at the start of the couple’s wedding vows. They are standing in the middle of a reception room with all their family and friends forming a circle around them, ready to listen to the couple promise to love each other forever. Little did the guests know, however, that this was going to be a speech with a difference.
In the clip, Jefferson is then seen taking the microphone and beginning his speech. He starts off in a light-hearted manner, making jokes in an effort to warm up the crowd. He also addresses everyone there and mentions the importance of their presence on the couple’s big day. In time, though, the groom takes his speech down an even more emotional path.
And before long, it becomes very clear that Jefferson is going decidedly off-piste. During a wedding speech, it’s not often that you hear the groom talking in length about someone else other than the bride. That’s why it was especially strange when Jefferson started referring to another girl.
Indeed, the video shows Jefferson telling the assembled guests that there is someone in the room that he loves. He wasn’t referring to his bride standing in front of him, though; instead, he was talking about another girl, one much younger than the woman he intended to wed.
Then Jefferson turns away from his fiancée in order to address that girl. According to the groom, this other girl was the one who made the wedding possible. To an outsider, this comment might seem very strange; to everyone present, though, it probably made perfect sense.
That’s because the groom was talking about someone very significant, someone both he and his bride were extremely close to. The subject of Jefferson’s big speech was a girl called Giovana, and she was going to play a major part in the married life of Jefferson and Jéssica.
Giovana was Jéssica’s child from another relationship and soon to be Jefferson’s stepdaughter. And it was time for her to hear what her new stepdad had to say on what was also a very important day for her, too. It’s this part, moreover, that has gone on to warm many people’s hearts.
The groom begins by kneeling down in front of the little girl. Then he launches into what is a truly heartfelt speech – one, moreover, that seems to prove just how good a dad he was likely going to be. First, he lists all the things that he does that annoy her, such as poking her and eating her food.
But then he digs deeper and says something truly heartwarming. Specifically, he tells Giovana that if he could ask God for anything, he would ask for her to be his daughter. He also tells the wedding guests that he can’t put into words the love he feels for Giovana, despite not being her biological father.
The next part of Jefferson’s speech, however, is his vows, and he had some very important ones to say to Giovana. Still kneeling down in front of everybody, the groom tells the little girl that he promises to always love her, protect her and try his best to make her happy.
Then he rounds up by simply telling his stepdaughter, “I love you, my love!” And with his voice wavering, the groom is apparently on the verge of breaking down, making it an even more emotional scene. By this point, both little Giovana and Jéssica are wiping tears from their eyes, too.
Then, just as it seemingly can’t get any more emotional, it’s Giovana’s turn to say a few words. She takes the microphone from Jefferson and bravely thanks him for what he had said. To conclude the video, the little girl then tells Jefferson that although he is not her biological dad, he is a “father of heart.”
During her short speech, Giovana wipes tears from her face with a napkin, while Jefferson kneels in front of her, sobbing. And finally, once they’ve both professed their love for each other, the two share a heartwarming embrace as the wedding guests applaud them.
And just like that, possibly the world’s most emotional wedding speech video concludes. Given its heartwarming message, moreover, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the clip has picked up quite the audience.
Indeed, the video has now been seen nearly nine million times in less than eight months since going online. The online reaction to it, moreover, has been overwhelmingly positive, with many people commenting on how amazing it was for Jefferson to address Giovana like that on his big day.
And one YouTube user, Jochelle Recto, wrote something that would resonate with a lot of people who viewed the footage. She said, “Even if the language is foreign, it still made me cry.” Indeed, there’s certainly no doubt that this stepdad and stepdaughter have a relationship that can only be described as beautiful.