Our Houston bride Kirbi and her husband Lanny, from the Video of the Month, talk to Daddy’s Little Bride about their fabulous wedding and wedding dance.
1) What date did you get married? August 2, 2013
2) Briefly describe your planning process. The planning process was a quick one since I got engaged in March and would be married a few months later. Most of the bridal shows were closer to my actual wedding date and by that point my vendors were already selected – they had to be. My team of planning consisted of my fiance, mom, aunt, and mother-in-law. We brought in a day of coordinator later so someone could actually facilitate with experience for the actual day. She was good because she would let us know things we needed to focus on during the planning process as well. I told myself at the beginning of the process that I would not stress and for the most part it was a stress-free process for me. I can definitely see how it can make someone go crazy, but I was determined for that not to be me.
3) Was there a theme for your wedding? My fiance and I went to high school together and have been friends for a very long time. We both played basketball and he would help me with my basketball, so we had a Love and Basketball theme.
2) How long did you practice before the performance? We practiced maybe twice a week for 3 weeks. The practices were a little shaky at first but we ended up getting it together.
3) Did you choreograph the dance yourself? We actually saved the YouTube clip from The Temptations movie of the scene where they performed My Girl. We watched it over and over again. We basically would break down the routine into parts and practice each part until we had it down then add the next part. I actually spent a lot of time looking up as many Temptations clips that I could find. We were all amazed by how smooth they moved and the precision of their routines. It was challenging at times to get the steps and movements down but we eventually got it and the moves became natural. We all tried to imitate our corresponding Temptation. I was obviously David Ruffin, so the addition of the glasses helped me get into character.
4) Did anyone else know about it besides your groomsmen? Kirbi actually knew about the dance. Other than her, our parents were really the only other people who knew. It was a complete surprise to everyone else. People are literally still talking about it and I’m glad it was executed perfectly. We were so nervous going into it, but my groomsmen and I all are athletes so when those lights came on we got into performance mode and nailed it. This will definitely be something we enjoy looking back on years from now.
5) Any advice to grooms considering a similar dance? If I had any advice for other grooms thinking about doing a similar dance, Id say pick something that you and your groomsmen will feel comfortable doing and something that reflects your personalities and feelings for your bride. Also, it’s very important to practice practice practice. Having a great idea isn’t enough if it isn’t executed well. I was blessed to have some groomsmen who were dedicated and willing to put in the time to learn the steps and practice. Other than that I would say keep it simple. I saw many videos where people just tried to do so much that it took away from the actual moment.
Many thanks to Kirbi and Lanny for sharing their wedding experience with us! Check out their website http://activefaithsports.com/ for Christian sports apparel!