He woke up and smelled the roses. Another flower man has gone viral, and this time, it’s because of his wedding day ensemble of three fanny packs. The latest internet sensation, Jake Clark, was captured by photographer Sarah Graybeal artfully walking down the aisle with hilarious expressions on his face.
“I didn’t really anticipate [the photos] to go viral,” Graybeal tells The Knot. “However, I do remember saying at the wedding—jokingly—that this is the kind of thing that goes viral. I didn’t really think about it again… And then, I posted the images in a photographer group, and it went crazy from there.”
Rightfully so. In the pics, Clark revels in his moment as the flower man, tossing fallen leaves in lieu of petals. That wasn’t the only traditional interpretation that he altered during the ceremony. The grown man also packed three different fanny packs with leaves rather than walking down with a traditional basket.
“They were engaged for two years before getting married, so there were random jokes from time to time about me being their flower girl,” Clark tells The Knot. “But I always thought it was merely a joke… But that wasn’t the case. Three weeks prior to the wedding, they confirmed they really wanted me to be their flower girl.”
According to the photographer, the guests were hysterical. “There were absolutely zero challenges documenting this, except maybe laughing too hard,” Graybeal says. “I do think I yelled, ‘Oh my God’ way too loud when he busted through the doors. I saw him standing around before the ceremony, wondering, ‘Why is this man standing around with three fanny packs on, and what’s in them?’”
She adds, “Well… I found out.”
The couple, Amanda and Daniel DeDoncker, spoke to Yahoo! about the now-viral moment. “Our wedding was an adult wedding only, so it made sense for there to be a flower man instead of a little girl,” the bride explained. “It’s definitely our style to be different and funny and outgoing. We did not want a traditional wedding anyway.”
“It’s been a wild few days, that’s for sure,” Clark concludes. “I give all credit to Dan and Amanda, Sarah Graybeal Photography, and of course… the fanny packs. I couldn’t have done it without the fannies.”