After Katie and Luke Roling’s July 20 wedding in Cedar Rapids, a video posted on YouTube of the bride and her father dancing a not-so-traditional father, daughter dance was viewed a couple thousand times.
Not bad, considering that even in the digital age, most wedding videos are only viewed by family and friends.
Then on Sept. 1, someone at Godvine.com found the video and posted it on the Christian video website.
In three days, the video has been viewed over 327,000 times and has had 7,405 comments. That’s just at Godvine.com. On the website’s Facebook page, the Sept. 2 post was liked by 14,712 people, has 725 comments and was shared 3,415 times.
“They’re famous,” says mother-of-the-bride, Marcia Hughes of Cedar Rapids.
The family uploaded the original version to YouTube in July. They don’t know how Godvine found it, but discovered it the same way everyone sees a viral video – it was forwarded to them.
At first, the dance appears to be like every other father, daughter dance. Then, after about a minute and a half, the music seems to skip and, well, you’ll see. (watch the video above)
The bride, Katie Roling, now a graduate student in Wisconsin, choreographed the dance. She then taught it to her father, Scot Hughes of Cedar Rapids, and the two practiced in secret when Roling visited Cedar Rapids.
“It was just so funny to watch them,” Hughes says.
The dance was a surprise for all the guests including the groom and the bride’s brother.
“Only Katie, Scot, myself and the photographer, videographer and DJ knew that something was going to happen with the song,” Marcia Hughes says. “It was such a special moment for them and for all of us. The guests were just floored.”
It wasn’t totally unexpected for Roling, who took dancing classes and was in show choir in middle and high school at Regis and Xavier.
“The surprise was Scot doing it,” Marcia Hughes says. “Her father Scot is a wonderful actor but doesn’t do musicals much; this was very unexpected from him.
“It was a really cool thing for Katie and her dad to do.”