A Massachusetts middle school choir teacher was overcome with emotion when his students surprised him with a song at his wedding rehearsal.
Hingham Middle School choir director Christopher Landis cried as the kids sang the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” to him and then-fiance Joe Michienzie.
“I noticed everyone was holding video cameras and I was like ‘What’s going on?’” Landis told InsideEdition.com of the moment. “Then I saw the first student come in and I was like 'Oh my goodness,' but I don't think it hit me until all of these students came in and they were smiling and all dressed up. Then I started crying and they started crying.”
Michienzie, now Landis' husband, was in on the surprise after some parents from the school helped come up with the idea. Landis hadn’t even revealed to the students who Joe was, so that made the moment even more shocking.
“The kids will ask ‘Who is that?’ I'll say, 'That's Joe. He's my friend.' And it just hit me here that I always referred to him as my friend because I wasn't sure how the kids would take it or the parents,” Landis said. “I felt like when the kids came to sing they were basically saying, 'It's OK. We know who Joe is.' So now I say, 'Joe, my husband.'”
Landis said he aims to create a safe environment in his classroom, so it was touching to see his students be accepting of him.