A wedding planner captured the emotional moment a groom and his brothers helped their mom dance, and the footage is causing millions to “ugly cry” around the world.
Tampa-based wedding planner Roots to Stems almost immediately went viral when they uploaded the heartwarming video, gaining over 3.5 million views, 166,000 likes, and thousands of comments.
Now, much like the father of the bride who stopped in the middle of the aisle to put family drama aside, this mother-son dance is reminding people what weddings are really all about.
Groom Zak Poirier took to Instagram to explain his family’s touching story in the caption of his own video.
“My Mom was diagnosed with ALS shortly before I graduated law school,” Zak wrote.
“Since that time, I’ve watched her bravely fight her diagnosis and challenge the odds against her. Despite not being able to stand on her own, my mom and I shared a dance at my wedding. She inspires me everyday to be humble, kind and selfless.”
He ended the emotional post by writing, “Love you Mom ❤️.”
Kathy — who writes about living with ALS on her blog, Grit & Grace in the Face of ALS — said of the dance, “It was a pretty tearful moment for me, but with the help of my sons we were able to pull it off!”
“One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen…”
Millions of people around the world took to the comment section to share their emotional reactions to the footage.
“The way you look at her, talk to her and take her into your arms is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen,” one user wrote.
“My good cry for the day. Bless your heart, bless your mom. Your mom raised a good man,” commented another user.
“You have the most wonderful angel on earth as your mom. I’m positive you made her feel so special and loved at your wedding. Thank you for this most beautiful post,” wrote one user.
“I’m over here ugly crying. That’s a mother that raised good men with beautiful hearts,” another user commented.
“Ugly crying. I have 3 boys (pregnant with boy number 4) and it just warms this boy mama heart to see this tender moment,” wrote another.
For those looking to make a difference in the lives of those living with ALS, the ALS Association website provides many fundraising campaigns, donation options, and volunteer opportunities for chapters across the country.
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