The Singing Bride Becomes an Accidental Viral Hit
Footage of a bride singing to her groom accidentally became a viral hit – but what does the bride herself think about it?
-Piper Weiss, Yahoo! Shine
We’ve seen back flipping best men and shimmying fathers of the bride. But a singing bride? It’s about time. Marie Carr, 25, opted out of a bouquet and a traditional ‘Here comes the bride’ refrain in favor of a Christina Aguilera ballad and a microphone. Now she’s the biggest veiled video star, at least this week.
The amateur singer, who’s best known for belting it out in showers and cars, serenaded her groom, Devin, with Aguilera’s “The Right Man,” on her wedding day. The uplifting idea came to her as a result of earlier tragedy.
“My dad died in a car wreck when I was 13 so I knew no one would be walking me down the aisle,” Marie told Yahoo! Shine in a phone interview Monday. “I thought that [Christina Aguilera] song would be perfect because it’s about walking by yourself but also walking toward the love of your life.”
If there’s any question whether her performance comes from the heart, consider this: The couple, who met as Miami University students, were wed only months after their first introduction. “We knew we were meant for each other,” says Marie.
Part of their connection stems from childhood struggles. Devin was hit by a truck at age 11 and has suffered serious brain trauma that’s affected his vocal abilities to this day. Marie, had lost her father in a car accident as a teenager. Then, a month before her wedding she also lost her grandmother to cancer.
“I had told my grandmother I was going to sing, and even after she was diagnosed with cancer she was telling all the doctors about my plans and was so excited,” recalls Marie, “so it was difficult to not have her there.”
The entire affair was a collage of sentimental sounds.
“We had some audio tracks of her dad speaking from video tapes he took when she was still in school, so we played his voice before [Marie] walked out to sing,” Devin explains.
The combination of hearing her father’s voice (“it was extremely difficult”) and approaching her future husband made for the kind of emotive performance no rehearsal can prepare for. It was also meant to be a private moment, and it was, until last week.
Up next: See the video and hear the bride’s thoughts about its popularity.