May 25, 2020
Hoda Kotb surprised six couples around the world with a memorable first wedding dance. It was a special moment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As their dream wedding plans were put on hold, Kotb held a virtual conference with the couples, as reported by TODAY. They came from India, Australia, the Bahamas, the US, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica.
These six pairs made an effort to dress up for the occasion, as did Kotb. In every frame of the virtual meeting, the couple looked stunning. You can watch the video of their first dance to the song "Marry Me" here.
VIRTUAL WEDDING DANCE
The couples told Kotb they had a hard time accepting the fact that they can't perfectly celebrate their weddings. They all felt disappointed as the pandemic ruined their plans. Kotb said:
"I know it's been a rough road. I know what it's like to have plans and wonder if they're going to be canceled or not."
She also understands that their families wanted to be at their wedding, but they can't because of the pandemic. Kotb thought that their virtual wedding dance was a better solution.
A WEDDING TREAT
While their wedding plans remained uncertain, Kotb gave each couple a special wedding treat. They were given $1,000 each for their wedding.
Kotb invited Train frontman Pat Monahan to sing his song, "Marry Me." Each couple swayed to the song and shared words of hope to other couples who are in a similar situation.
To make the event more meaningful, Kotb invited the couple's favorite musician Russell Dickerson.
"We're together, and that's what matters," Alanna, a bride-to-be from the US, said. Costa Rican couple Gonz and Ale also echoed that sentiment, saying, "Love wins every time."
Last April, Kotb surprised a bride from Arizona via Zoom to officiate her wedding. Melanie Mulvihill was shocked to see Kotb pop out from the Zoom conference with their family and friends, as reported by Page Six.
The effort was led by Mulvihill's partner, John Sizer, with help from their friends. Kotb, who was an ordained minister, pronounced the couple as husband and wife.
To make the event more meaningful, Kotb invited the couple's favorite musician Russell Dickerson. The couple then shared their first dance as Dickerson sang a song for them.
In another news involving Kotb, the TV personality grew emotional over New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees humanitarian move. The NFL star donated $5 million for COVID-19 relief efforts in Louisiana.