Jeff Althoff of Blaine, Minnesota, married the love of his life, Jenna, on March 5, 2017, and their day was perfect. During the reception, held at Minneapolis, Jeff announced that he had a surprise for his beautiful bride that came in the form of added responsibility … they were now a “family of three!”
Jenna had no idea what her groom had planned when Jeff, in a speech during the wedding reception, said, “I’m a little bit nervous up here right now because I’m about to give Jenna a big surprise, but she doesn’t know that.”
“Jenna I decided to give you a wedding gift that was completely for you—no, it’s not hunting or fishing related. It’s everything that you want.”
“I’m proud to announce that we have now become a family of three.”
Jenna then had a look of confusion on her face, as though to be wondering, “Who’s the new family member?”
But then Jeff pointed behind Jenna, and her face immediately lit up!
She realized that it was a puppy! Jeff surprised Jenna with a 14-week-old British yellow labrador, a dog she had always wanted, named “Bear.”
“As sappy as it sounds we call each other—she calls me ‘big bear’ and I call her ‘little bear’ so I thought it would be fitting to name the dog Bear,” Jeff told WCCO, reports CBS Minnesota.
A dream came true for one lucky bride.
The video, capturing the bride’s surprised reaction, has been viewed nearly 4 million times ever since Jeff uploaded it on YouTube.
“The look on her face really touched my heart.I wish you two a long an happy life with one another,” one YouTuber wrote.
Another commented: “That was the cutest reaction from a bride i’ve ever seen when she received a gift from her groom which is a puppy. Congratulations to the happy couple!”
“What a beautiful man! this brought tears to my eyes! I love how u love your wife sooo much cause obviously she wanted this puppy. great job groom! what a wonderful surprise,” another remarked.
It turned out this gift was particularly special to Jenna. “The brides dog died a few days before her wedding which is why the puppy is so significant,” YouTuber Jasmine Miller wrote.
Shocked by all the attention they had been getting since the footage went viral, Jeff said: “Just seeing the happiness that it’s bringing to everyone else just adds that additional layer as well.”
Brecklynn Alexia AlthoffBorn July 4th @ 8:54 p.m. 21 Inches / 6 lbs. 9.5 oz. Mom & Baby Are Doing Well! Proud Dad & Husband Would Be An Understatement
Fast-forward to today, the Althoffs are now a “family of 4!” On July 4, 2018, Jeff and Jenna welcomed the arrival of their adorable baby girl—Brecklynn Alexia Althoff.
“Born July 4th @ 8:54 p.m. 21 Inches / 6 lbs. 9.5 oz. Mom & Baby Are Doing Well!” Jeff wrote in a Facebook post. “Proud Dad & Husband Would Be An Understatement.”
Imagine Bear and Brecklynn snuggling up together, or Brecklynn resting on Bear’s furry body—the duo are surely too cute for the couple to handle!
We wish the Althoff family love, peace, and happiness in everything they do as they journey through life.
She’s astonished! Watch her reaction below: