When Jeff Althoff of Blaine, Minnesota, married his partner, Jenna, he wanted to do something that his new wife would never forget. Despite her dislike of surprises, he concocted a way to leave her speechless, only after they had already gone down the aisle. So when he stopped his wedding and prepared to make a "controversial" announcement, his guests couldn't believe what they were witnessing.
A special surprise
On the morning of their wedding day, Jeff woke to a surprise left by his fiance Jenna. His wife-to-be had left him a new set of golf clubs as a wedding day gift! Clearly, Jenna knew just what to do to make their special day even more so, but Jeff also had gears in motion to shock Jenna with a bombshell of his own.
The mystery gift
He was delighted, of course, but Jenna had zero clue that Jeff also had a surprise up his sleeve. However, she wouldn’t find out about it until after the wedding ceremony. And his surprise would even surpass the high bar Jeff had already set with his incredible marriage proposal.
To pull off that particular feat, Jeff seemingly got help from the radio station then known as Buz’n (now 102.9 The Wolf). It happened in April 2016, when Jeff took Jenna to see one of her favorite country artists, Canaan Smith.
And after Smith performed what Jeff described in a YouTube video of the event as "their song," Jeff and Jenna walked out on stage. Jenna probably knew what was coming at that point — but she was still overwhelmed when Jeff got down on one knee. But perhaps the semi "staged" nature of the proposal planted the idea in Jeff's mind to knock her socks off with his next surprise.
She hates surprises
Luckily for all involved, Jenna said yes! "I had no idea and was in complete shock," Jenna later wrote on Facebook. "And, [as] anyone [who] truly knows me knows, I hate surprises — but this was seriously THE BEST surprise ever!" But despite Jenna's hatred of surprises, the man she agreed to marry was cooking up another major scheme to drop on their wedding day.
A long time coming
But as there was almost a year between the proposal and the wedding, Jeff had likely been planning his next surprise for a while. He even made sure there was a film crew around to capture the event. And the resulting video was eventually posted on YouTube, so the world could see the big moment too.
The big speech
The video begins with Jeff, surrounded by his groomsmen, making a little speech. "First off, I'd like to thank each and every one of you guys for being part of my big day," he says. "I really appreciate you guys taking the time to be here." So far, so standard. But then things get interesting.
"That being said, I'm gonna tell you guys what the big surprise is," Jeff continued. "She's not gonna know. She's not gonna know you guys know until she sees this video later on." He even went as far as calling it “the wedding gift of her dreams.”
Putting the word out
He made it seem as though he was about to tell them what the surprise was going to be, and they were hanging on his every word. But Jeff was only teasing and told the disappointed groomsmen to simply “stay tuned.”
“Jenna has been nothing but amazing to me and deserved her dream gift,” Jeff told Inside Weddings in 2017. But before they even got to the gift-giving part of the ceremony, the Minnesota couple had to have their dream wedding.
As you see from the video, the couple walked down the aisle in front of all of their family and friends. The church was packed to the rafters, and everything seemingly went off without a hitch. At least, there was no sign of Jeff's surprise... yet.
She had no idea
As is customary, the happy couple then left the church — hand-in-hand — and got ready for the next part of their big day. Jenna took the time to share a lovely moment with her grandma, too. It's clear at this point that a wedding-gift surprise is the furthest thing from her mind.
The traditional wedding pictures came next. For some brides and grooms, this can be their least favorite and most time-consuming part of the day. And it's easy to think that Jeff was probably already getting nervous about the surprise he had planned for later on.
Going off without a hitch
You know how these things go, though. A wedding can't just skip from the church straight to the speeches. You've got to have some food, some drink, and some dancing before you get to that part. But from the clips seen in the wedding video, everyone had a great time.
Holding in the secret
While the drinks were flowing and all their guests were having fun, Jeff was aware of his big reveal drawing nearer. Then, after the main ceremony, he decided it was finally time for the big surprise. So during the wedding reception, Jeff takes to the stage, nervously clutching a microphone.
The big reveal
"First off, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for coming out and celebrating our big day," he tells his expectant audience. "I'm a little bit nervous up here right now because I'm about to give Jenna a big surprise... But she doesn't know that."
Jeff then takes Jenna by the hand and guides her to the middle of the dance floor... Out in front of the entire crowd. The blushing bride has no idea what is about to happen... and neither do many of the guests.
Confusion sets in
Jeff keeps talking to the crowd of family and friends, calling Jenna “the most beautiful bride you’ve ever seen.” He waits for their friends and family to give her a round of applause... teasing out his surprise for as long as possible.
Special wedding gift
Jeff then tells his bride that he had been wanting to get her a special wedding gift. He jokes that it would not be hunting- or fishing-related — the things he is interested in. Instead, it would be a gift especially for her. It would be “everything that you want,” he says.
He then asks Jenna, “Would you agree with me that the last few hours have been the best hours of your life as a family of two?” The puzzled bride nods and agrees... even if Jeff's wording is a little strange. What was he doing?
An unusual announcement
And Jeff’s next sentence is even more bewildering. He says, “Well, I’m proud to announce that we have now become a family of three!” And if Jenna hadn’t been confused already, she definitely is now. After all, she knows that she's not pregnant!
A family of three
So what on earth could Jeff mean by, “We have become a family of three?” Then the friends at the table behind Jenna gasp and applaud; one of them covers her face in shock. They have seen something that Jenna hasn’t...
Jenna, still in the dark about the nature of her surprise, slowly turns her head to the right. And there she sees it — the amazing secret finally revealed! The whole room erupts into applause.
So, what was the huge surprise? The video shows a woman walking towards Jenna holding something tight in her arms. Then she places the gift into the arms of Jenna, who hugs it tight. It is a truly heartwarming moment.
A new addition
It's a new puppy! Over the moon with her gift, Jenna hugs the doggy tight. The new addition to the family then quickly becomes the center of attention, and guests practically line up to gush over it.
And since the video was uploaded to YouTube, it has received over 4.7 million views and thousands of likes. Some of the comments left beneath the video gave a sense of how special a moment it had been.
Over the moon
One comment read, “Amazing video! Amazing gift! Amazing reaction! Congratulations, Jeff and Jenna!! Looked like a beautiful wedding!” Clearly, then, Jeff had totally nailed it.
The story continues
“My favorite part of the night,” wrote one of the wedding guests, impressed by Jeff’s wonderful surprise. So not only had he made his wife incredibly happy, but he’d also made some of the guests’ day! And fortunately, the couple have gone on to have a happy life together.
Yep, Jeff and Jenna have had two kids together since their wedding day surprise, which proved to be a good idea. But Jeff was pulling the strings, knowing all along that Jenna would melt at the sight of her cute pup. Would they have been cool if others orchestrated a surprise at their wedding, though? We aren't so sure...
Surprise in the venue
Another couple was in that position when they entered their venture and saw people setting up what looked like a last-minute building site. Confusion? Outright indignation? That's probably what circled their minds, but things only got weirder from there.
Confusion was real
And confusion certainly seems to be the order of the day here. This gentleman in particular seems to be sharing his perplexed views with nearby wedding-goers. As the distraction continues, this guy decides to speak up.
The man is so outraged, in fact, that he gets out of his seat to confront the party crashers. He is met with someone who is apparently in charge of the whole thing, and that someone seems to put his mind at rest.
Bride and groom react
But the bride and groom still have a combination of confusion, bemusement and curiosity on their faces. The bride especially keeps glancing at her newlywed, as if wondering whether he’s hiding a surprise that she should know about.
Mysterious man enters
Then the wedding couple are approached by the mysterious man who was previously placating the guest. He asks them to bring themselves up to the dance floor; neither of them have any idea what’s going on.
Behind the curtain
They stand in the center of the dancefloor, hand in hand. In front of them is a large white curtain with something behind it. And they are just moments away from finding out what it is.
The curtain falls, and standing in front of them is a band blasting out a familiar pop song. That in itself is not so surprising at a wedding, but look closer and you might see what the real surprise is. It is one hell of a unique musical bombshell.
The wedding band is none other than Maroon 5, a band known the world over. Frontman Adam Levine is clearly revelling in the fact that nobody knew he was there as he sings the band’s hit song “Sugar.”
Too astonished to speak
The newlyweds are so shocked with their unexpected wedding gift that they just go nuts! The bride is full of unstoppable smiles – when her hands stop covering her mouth with astonishment, that is.
Guests start to realize
The crowd members also recognize the band and join in with the festivities, whooping and cheering themselves into a musical frenzy. No one can contain themselves or their ecstasy, as Maroon 5’s lyrics and songs reach around the room.
Flooding the dancefloor
And it doesn’t take long before everyone, friends and family alike, dash to the dance floor to join the overjoyed bride and groom. This is not your everyday occurrence, after all, and it’s one that everyone will remember for the rest of their lives.
Crashing other weddings
But it’s not just the one couple who received the Maroon 5 experience on their wedding day. In fact, seven couples had the global music stars visit them on this particular day, including this happy pair.
And these two, who seem particularly blown away by the encounter. We should probably point out at this stage that the gate-crashing was all filmed as part of the “Sugar” music video.
Adam Levine later said of the experience, “It was really stressful to arrange all of it, but it was super fun.” It certainly looks like it was more of the latter than the former.
The most special part
“It felt good to kind of, you know, surprise these people and make them happy,” he continued. The sight of so many people able to take part in such a special event is certainly beautiful.