Bride surprises groom by making wedding vows in sign language for her deaf parents [Video]
A bride made her fiancé cry at the altar when she began to say her vows in sign language – a surprise move for him and his deaf parents.
Kelsey Kulick, 23, secretly learned the vows from her husband, Michael, who communicates with his deaf parents, Paul and Gina, using American Sign Language.
The touching moment took place on Nov. 13 at the Gore Creek Wedding Venue in Boaz, Alabama, near the couple’s home — and the footage has since been viewed more than 10 million times.
Kelsey Kulick, 23, secretly learned the wishes of her husband, Michael, who communicates with his deaf parents, Paul and Gina, via American Sign Language (ASL)
The moment took place on Nov. 13 at the Gore Creek Wedding Venue in Boaz, Alabama, near where the couple lives — and the footage has since racked up more than 10 million views.
Captioning the 26-second video on TikTok, Kelsey wrote, “This viral video is me and my sweet hubby on our perfect day!” So grateful that this special moment was captured.
Much to her fiancé’s surprise, as soon as her hands began to form the words of her vows, tears fell from her eyes. He realized that she had done it just for his parents and relatives who are deaf.
According to Kelsey, she mentioned when she and Michael got engaged that she would like to sign her vows.
She was worried about signing something wrong and offending someone, but Michael said her parents would like the idea.
After that first conversation, however, she decided not to mention the idea again, so that Michael would forget about the suggestion on their wedding day 11 months later.
Kelsey enlisted the help of Michael’s aunt Christy – who is fluent in sign language and whose husband is deaf – and asked her to record them so she could learn them by repeating the hand gestures.
Using Christy’s video, she secretly learned how to sign her vows, and on the wedding day, only Christy, videographer Chandler Smith and Pastor Harvey knew what was to come.
The wholesome moment, filmed by Chandler, was later shared online, with Michael’s tearful response soon going viral.
Captioning the 26-second video on TikTok, Ms Kulick wrote: ‘This viral video is me and my sweet hubby on our perfect day!’ So grateful that this special moment was captured’
Kelsey said that upon her return from her honeymoon, the post had been viewed over ten million times and to date had received over two million likes.
She added, “It was important to me because it’s their family’s way of communicating.
“Although I am not fluent, I wanted to do this out of respect for them and to show everyone that I love them and am so grateful to be part of their family.
“I was very nervous going into the vows part of the ceremony because I wanted it to be perfect.
“But I had practiced so much and even practiced several times just seconds before I walked down the aisle.
Kelsey enlisted the help of Michael’s aunt Christy – who is fluent in sign language and whose husband is deaf – and asked her to record them so she could learn by repeating the hand actions.
“Once I started signing it all came naturally. Then seeing Michael’s reaction made the moment even more special than I ever imagined.
“Michael says he was very emotional and it was a very special moment for him.
“I was able to ask my in-laws and they were happy about it. They still talk about how they loved that moment and they are grateful that I made an effort.
One viewer commented, “It’s so thoughtful. Sending love and wishes.
Another said: “Literally the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Kelsey’s husband also commented on the video: “One of the best moments of the day.”