Fearing other’s objection, a choir director and teacher from Massachusetts, kept his wedding a secret from his students—until something beautiful happened.
Students Surprise Teacher and His Husband-to-Be with Touching Serenade
Forty-three-year-old Christopher Landis has long planned to tie the knot with his partner, Joseph Michienzie. Fearing that his relationship with a man could impact his reputation as a teacher, he refrained from telling the truth to anyone. Above all, he was afraid that his students would not accept who he is and grow uncomfortable around him.
So whenever his fiancé visits him at school for the wedding preparation, his students would ask who the man was, to which Landis would simply respond, “That’s Joe. He’s my friend.” For months, the pair told no one about their plan, but several parents soon found out.
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On December 21, 2018, the Junior Choral Spectrum of Hingham Middle School stunned Landis at his brunch wedding rehearsal. To his surprise, his fifty students marched into the hall to give him the surprise of a lifetime.
The group of students formed a line, then sang a rendition of “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles. Parents from the middle school helped the kids practice at The James Library in Norwell every Sunday night. They even reached out to Michienzie to ensure that the month-long surprise was something Landis would love.
After the performance, one of the students told Landis in front of his closest friends and family, “It doesn’t matter who you love. When you love them, it just matters that you’re in love and you both really care about each other and want to be with each other.”
The touching gathering was all recorded in a video, which the school posted on their Facebook page. Since then, the video has been viewed more than one million times.
Landis and Michienzie officially celebrated their wedding at Pinehills Golf Club, Massachusetts, the day after the grand surprise.