Nothing says “exciting wedding” quite like a first look gone viral. Brianne and David Hofmann were set to get married in Snohomish, Wash., on Saturday, Nov. 17, but before they could see each other as bride and groom, their good friend Timmy Horton, one of the groomsmen, felt the need to interject.
Horton, who had seen his fair share of viral wedding gags and moments online, approached Brianne with an idea: to swap places and surprise David during the first look. Horton told Yahoo! that the bride was initially hesitant about the idea.
“She was all about having a serious wedding, but I was like, ‘We gotta do it,’” Horton said. Brianne finally gave in, and once she was on board, it was a matter of getting photographer Anna Morrison in on the idea as well.
“Brianne told me she wanted to do a fake first look with David and Timmy and my immediate reaction was, ‘OMG yes! He can wear my dress!’” Morrison captioned a Facebook post that featured several images from the fun moment. Horton got ready in the ladies’ dressing area, with most of the rest of the bridal party still oblivious to his scheming.
He donned Morrison’s dress, and even wore a flowing chiffon veil to complete the look, his full beard and mustache looking especially well-kept and dapper in the sunlight.
“Timmy followed directions: stayed quiet while looking beautiful and approached David while he thought he was waiting to see his bride,” Morrison wrote. “We made a forever memory and laughed so hard everyone was crying!”
In the images, a surprised David is doubled over laughing after he sees his best friend in a wedding gown where he had anticipated his bride might be.
“It was so hard not to laugh,” Horton said. “He was really anticipating this first glance, but he turned around and was like, ‘Oh my God!’ We couldn’t stop laughing. We couldn’t breathe.”
Horton’s prank is far from the first of its kind, with brides taking the often-emotional first-look moment into their own hands. This past summer, one bride sent her brother out to tap her soon-to-be husband on the shoulder for their first look; the brother of course wore a wedding dress and seriously delighted the groom, who couldn’t stop laughing at the fun prank. And last fall, an Arizona bride surprised her groom by showing up to the first look photoshoot not in her wedding gown, but in an oversized cat T-shirt, sweats, and white sneakers.
“I thought it would be really funny for Ean to turn around, expecting this huge moment of me looking gorgeous in my dress with my makeup and hair done,” she told Yahoo at the time, “only to turn around and see me in one of my typically embarrassing casual outfits.”
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