Ten years ago, a seemingly ordinary couple changed weddings forever when their procession down the aisle wasn't to Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" but to Chris Brown's "forever."
The shaky video has been viewed over 98 million (!!!) times and has inspired countless copycats, including from the folks at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company's Scranton branch.
"Did you see this, it was on YouTube!" Michael Scott excitedly told Pam Beesly-Halpert.
Minnesota Public Radio caught up with with JK of "JK Wedding Entrance Dance," Jillian Peterson and Kevin Heinz, are still married, and still dancing.
Heinz told MPR that they put the video on YouTube not to go viral, but because the file was too big for them to email to their friends. Once the whole world saw the video, they set up a website to raise money for various charities.
At first, the site raised money for the Sheila Wellstone Institute, a domestic violance charity, as penance for using a Chris Brown song.
They are currently raising money for The Violence Project, a charity co-founded by Peterson, which provides training and researches criminal justice issues.
The couple's awesomeness goes beyond their wedding video. Heinz is an immigration attorney in St. Paul, and Peterson an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Hamline University, where she studies mass shootings.
They have three kids: Baron, Calvin, and Vivian. Baron said that the video "is amazing because it's unique," but he prefers The Office version.
Peterson and Heinz of a TL;DR on the video's website, summing up life after viral fame:
Here are answers to some of the questions we get the most -
- We are still happily married :)
- We have three amazing kids that keep us laughing every day - two boys (ages 8 and 5), and a 2 year old girl
- We are still very close to the people in our bridal party. In the past ten years, 11 of the people in this picture have earned doctorate degrees (medicine, law, education, ecology, physical therapy) and we have added 22 kids to the mix!
- We did NOT know the office was going to copy our wedding. We were watching it live on TV when it aired and were shocked
- This website has raised over $70,000 for charity over the past decade.