A British groom's emotional reaction to his bride walking down the aisle has gone viral (video below).
London resident Gabriel Deku, 25, and his bride, Annabella Deku, 24, tied the knot May 14 in the St. Martin In The Fields chapel. They met four years earlier while attending Portsmouth University, according to Metro.
When a clip of their wedding ceremony was shared on Facebook by video company De Rienzo Films, it gained quite a few admirers.
“This has to be one of the most heartfelt, emotional bridal entrances we have ever filmed,” the company wrote online. “Gabriel & Annabella’s wedding was spectacular from start to finish.”
It’s easy to see why the video went viral after witnessing Gabriel’s teary breakdown as he watched Annabella walk down the aisle.
The congregation can be heard cheering in the background as they watch the groom’s reaction. His best man, Tolu Ige, encourages Gabriel to reign it in.
Ige, who was responsible for introducing the couple to each other, says, “Come on, stand up, stand up. This is your moment, man. You look at her.”
“You look at her now, you look at her man. You look at her. You stand up and you look at your wife.”
Annabella, an account manager, was walked down the aisle by her mother. The entire audience was in tears by the time the couple embraced.
“Leading up to the wedding, I was the complete opposite – I actually had a bet with my [mom] that I wouldn’t cry,” Gabriel told Daily Mail.
“Seeing her there, I suddenly felt a big appreciation of what I actually have. Knowing that I’m in a relationship like that made me really [overjoyed], where someone loves me unconditionally.
“She looked so beautiful. We have different characters; she is actually the more emotional one in the relationship, while I was trying to be the hard man. I kept saying, I’m not going to cry.”
However, Gabriel maintains he kept his cool during the reception and speeches. “I had a bit of nerves, I was OK,” he said.