Ballet Dancers: The World's Best Wedding Guests

Remember when Richmond Ballet's Valerie Tellmann appeared on an episode of TLC's "Say Yest to the Dress"? (You can watch the full ep here.) Well, now a new video from the ballerina bride's wedding is circulating the interwebs—and it's adorable. Almost as adorable as the couple's engagement photos...

Tellmann and Kirk Henning pose outside of their wedding reception venue: onstage at Richmond's CenterStage #DREAMWEDDING (photo by the couple's friend Alicia, via their wedding website)

But back to the video:

Groom (and former Richmond Ballet dancer) Kirk Henning choreographed an almost 7-minute routine for the groomsmen. From Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" to Britney Spears' "Drive Me Crazy" to Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone," the number keeps going...and going...and going. It's a lot of choreo for the four non-dancer groomsmen, especially since they learned it all through an emailed video tutorial from the groom. (It's also roughly double the length of the Shaping Sound groomsmen routine at Teddy Forance's wedding last December—and those guys are pros!)

In the end, though, the groomsmen totally pulled off the surprise. I dare you to not tear up when Tellmann-Henning rushes over to her groom and Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" starts playing. #allofthefeels

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