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“…[This] text never happened and the couple isn’t named Roger and Kirsten.

But don’t worry! The photo is real. The couple is Amy and Ian and they got married in Detroit….” Ryan Broderick, BuzzFeed

“Amy and Ian Hicks saw their unique wedding photo and the story about it everywhere… — in People magazine, the New York Post, the Daily Mail and of course on Reddit, where the tale went viral….

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….

…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….” Kiratiana Freelon, The Washington Post

“…Their wedding photographer, Adam Sparkes, told BuzzFeed he watched his photo go viral, but figured it would sort itself out. After Elite Daily ran with it, though, the whole thing completely exploded on Facebook.

Sparkes tried to set the record straight in the comments section of Elite Daily but it got buried on Facebook.

The real story is that Amy and Ian went to a local abandoned spot in Detroit to shoot some street photos when they stumbled across the rap group 7262 shooting a video…

…And then 7262 invited them into the shoot….” Ryan Broderick, BuzzFeed

“…The truth of how this photograph came to be is way better than what the comical, albeit borderline racist, internet fiction suggests…. I [talked] with Detroit based wedding photographer Adam Sparkes about the real story that led to this internet sensation. 

Adam told me he had a really busy day with his wedding clients, Amy and Ian, that day in Detroit: ‘There was a Tigers game that had the theater district really tied up, so the bride and groom thought it would be a fun idea to go over to the remains of Michigan Central Station….

…As the group of them drove around town in a trolley, they took it down Michigan Avenue to the Central Station where they happened upon a large group of young guys filming a video. ‘They had a tricked out Monte Carlo and a Cutlass and were in full music video mode,’ he told me. Adam had his group take some photographs on the other side by some planter boxes, but the group making the video noticed them.

‘I asked the groom if he wanted to be famous, and jokingly we yelled, ‘Hey we’re going to be in your video!’ The guys were all laughing and told us to come on over, so we did.’ Who wouldn’t take advantage of such a golden moment? The wedding party danced and posed with the guys and had an amazing time together in a spontaneous moment of carefree fun….” Aaron Brown, Fstoppers

“…You can watch Amy and Ian and their bridal party absolutely crushing it in the video here:

“…So, while the we still coming text might have been a hoax, luckily the real story is just as amazing.”  Ryan Broderick, BuzzFeed

Photos by Adam Sparkes