Amy and Ian Hicks saw their unique wedding photo and the story about it everywhere in recent weeks — in People magazine, the New York Post, the Daily Mail and of course on Reddit, where the tale went viral. But they didn’t recognize what they were reading.
The articles all said different things, but the thrust was that the couple in the photo had accidentally sent a text message to a stranger inviting him to their wedding photoshoot. The invitation circulated. Supposedly, when the bride figured this out and tried to uninvite the stranger, she got message saying “we still coming,” which became a trending Twitter hashtag, #westillcoming.
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The photo accompanying the story in People showed the dude wasn’t lying. The wedding party in the photo was surrounded by a a group of new friends.
It just didn’t happen. “I really wish they knew the real story,” Amy Hicks said in an interview with The Washington Post. “It’s amazing how many legitimate news publications will post anything online.”
No publication called them to get the real story, they said.
Here’s what they say did happen. It’s the story behind the photo.
Amy, 25, and Ian Hicks, 28, live in Washington, D.C, where she works in government relations and he works in sales for a furniture manufacturer. Their wedding took place in Detroit because Amy is from Michigan.
After Amy and Ian got married at the Colony Club in Detroit, the bridal party jumped on an antique trolley and stopped at several locations for photos. When they stopped at the Michigan Central Station, a once-grand but now decaying and abandoned structure, they encountered more than 30 young black men — a rap group called “7262” filming a video for their new album using tricked out blue and gold Monte Carlos as props.
As Amy exited the trolley, she said the group clapped and congratulated the young couple. While Amy and Ian positioned themselves in front of the station for a photo, the groomsmen in their tuxes decided to mingle with the rappers in their brightly colored street threads.
But pictures weren’t enough for Adam Sparkes, the couple’s wedding photographer and a lifelong resident of the Detroit metro area.
“They looked over at us,” Sparkes told The Post. “We waved back at them and then we said, ‘we are going to come over and dance in your video.’”
The young men said sure, come on over.
Amy and Ian summoned the bridesmaids from the trolley and they all got out, with the crowd of rappers whooping and hollering. 7262 turned up the music — and for the next 15 minutes Amy, Ian and their bridal party danced to the “Anthem” rap song, all the while being filmed for the video.
One week later, they received a link to 7262’s first video — “Anthem.” The video opens with the bridesmaids exiting the trolley and running toward the group. Several groomsmen are featured dancing.
The photo that went viral was a cellphone picture from that moment. Someone uploaded the picture to social media and it’s been spreading — with the fantasy story — for the last month.
Danta Norris, 20, and Joshua Norris, 18, rap as Mojo and Jojinooo in 7262. Mojo said that he doesn’t mind the extra attention that the photo is getting because of the incorrect story.
“It’s all cool that people making what they make up,” Mojo said. “It’s making it blow up more.”
Here is the link to the 7262 video. Warning: The language is very graphic.
Correction: An earlier version of this article spelled Adam Sparkes as Adam Farkes.