November 9, 2017 2:18 pm

Bride sings touching Elvis song down the aisle, leaves groom in tears

Singing Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love," bride Allison Thurman serenaded her groom Jason Thurman who broke down in tears at the emotional surprise.

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Before Allison Thurman walked down the aisle, like any bride, she was nervous.

But she wasn’t nervous about seeing her husband-to-be Jason, in fact, Thurman was trying to figure out where the microphone was.

In a surprise performance for the groom, Thurman walked down the aisle singing Elvis Presley’s, Can’t Help Falling in Love, leaving him in tears.


Courtesy of Allison Thurman

“It was amazing,” she tells Global News. “I really didn’t get to see his reaction until I watched the video … I’d say it’s the best part of the whole video.”

The video, which was posted on Facebook by Jason’s aunt on the day of their wedding, has more than six million views and counting.

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The 18-year-old student from Kentucky says both she and her husband love the King of Rock and Roll. “The song seemed appropriate since we both love Elvis,” she continues. And although he had no idea she would sing the song herself, she adds she did tell him she would walk down the aisle to this particular song.

Courtesy of Allison Thurman

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In the video posted Oct. 14, Thurman is seen walking with her grandfather — she has been living with her grandparents since she was seven months old — singing her own cover of the song.

Onstage, the groom was bent over in tears, completely shocked by the surprise.

“I saw the mic in her hand, and she was singing, and at that moment, the floodgates opened up,” he told Yahoo News. “It was a complete surprise. I was really flattered.”

The couple met when they were 14 at church, and have been together since. Their wedding in Hillsboro, Ky., had about 350 to 400 guests, she adds.

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Social media users react

Online, Facebook users couldn’t help but share their love for the Thurmans, and Allison adds she has been receiving well wishes from many people online.

“She has a beautiful voice, and your nephew looked like he was about to ‘fall-out’ there for a minute, or he was very nervous … Being nervous is nothing new when getting married. I was so nervous I walked right passed [sic] my dad and he was suppose [sic] to give me away,” user Cindy Kay Dean Montgomery user wrote.

“Beautiful! One of my favourite songs, too. I like her version, very romantic and loving. Congratulations,” user Priscilla Johnson wrote.

Thurman adds she has been singing since she was two years old, mostly at church. “I love to sing, it has been a big aspect of my life.”

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And while Jason’s aunt shared the video for family and friends, neither the bride nor the groom expected this type of reaction.


Courtesy of Allison Thurman

“I’ve had quite a few people reach out to me saying they enjoyed the video and wishing us many years of happy married life.”

Grand entrances

In August 2015, a video of bride Maria Holand Tøsse of Norway went viral, after she (and her father) surprised the audience and groom by singing their own version of You Raise Me Up, leaving many in tears.

And in 2011, bride Marie Carr walked herself down the aisle, singing a rendition of Christina Aguilera’s The Right Man to groom Devin Carr.

arti.patel@globalnews.ca

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