Leave it to a mother who runs a dance studio and her son to choreograph one of the most epic wedding routines you’ll ever see.
Blake Bunker married Laurel Mattingly last April at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. The golf course is home to the PGA’s Shriners Open in addition to hosting weddings and other events.
After an outdoor ceremony, the wedding party moved indoors for the reception. Blake and his mother Kathy took center stage for what appeared to be a typical mother-son dance. The two started off in a slow waltz, swaying to the ballad “Unforgettable.”
About a minute in to the dance, the music cuts off. Blake and Kathy look around and act surprised. Then, The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” hits the speakers, and the duo immediately breaks in to a rehearsed set of moves. The three-minute medley also includes M.C. Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.” Yes, Blake and his mom even “shuffle.”
“We decided to do this only a few weeks before the wedding,” Kathy tells us. “We thought that we should do something besides the typical dance.”
Despite their busy schedules surrounding the wedding, Kathy and her oldest son found time on a Sunday afternoon to get together and plan it out. The mother says that for her, the best part was picking the music and choreographing the moves. The Bunker’s along with the bride were the only ones in on the stunt.
Everyone at the wedding clearly enjoyed the number, raucously cheering at its conclusion. In the video, one attendee can be heard screaming “Whoa” multiple times after the finish. That’s not Joey Lawrence; rather Aaron Turner, a finalist from season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Turner is a teacher at Bunker’s dance studio in Vegas. Both Blake and Turner danced there since as far back as age 7. Kathy founded The Bunker Dance Center 19 years ago.
Doug Larson of Pointe Digital filmed the wedding and uploaded the piece on April 11 of last year. After he filmed it, Larson asked Kathy’s permission to both post the video and send it to “Ellen.” She happily obliged.
A producer for DeGeneres’ show reached out two weeks later. Kathy was completely taken aback by both the call and the timing; her mom had just passed away.
“I was in Texas, trying to buy casket space for my mother, when I received the call,” she said. “We went from one of the happiest times of my life, to then two weeks one of the saddest times.”
The video now has almost 390,000 views. Many comments were left just over the last few weeks after Vegas radio station KLUC and a number of other radio outlets posted the video.
Since the video went viral again, a number of TV shows have aired it. “The Queen Latifah Show” wants the Bunker’s to appear live, but Kathy is still holding out for “Ellen.” Bunker made a verbal commitment to her producer back in April that their first TV appearance would be on that program.