TODAY   |  April 11, 2013

Groom surprises bride with wedding of her dreams

With the help of his future in-laws, brave groom Brandon Cassata surprised his fiancée, Mary-Cathrin, with a wedding months before the date they had chosen together. The newlyweds talk about their special day, saying they both wanted to “reduce the stress” of wedding planning.

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>>> back now at 8:12. now, when you get married, you spend a long time agonizing over every detail of your wedding day. but brandon decided to surprise his bride to be with a ceremony months ahead of their scheduled date. she thought they were just going to take their bridal portrait. but when she arrived, she got the shock of her life.

>> oh, my god. oh, my god. shut up, no.

>> brandon is here along with his new wife, mary katherine. the expression was priceless. brandon , i think a lot of guys give you a lot of props for going into this territory. why did you decide you wanted to plan your wedding day this way? i know you had a lot of help from your now mother-in-law.

>> yes, the reason was to reduce the stress on her. i've watched the show "bridezillas" and all that.

>> not that she was becoming a bridezilla.

>> no, we wanted to take the stress off her and help her out with that. and we had a few family issues that we wanted certain people around for the wedding , as well. and that was a big deal to me as well as her family. worked out well.

>> i know a lot of people advised you not to do it this way and a lot of people would tell you brides love to plan their weddings, did you have any doubts in your mind this was the best way to go?

>> no, i didn't have any doubts, i would think about it in the back of my mind, no, it's okay. i had reassurance from her mother, as well. she was kind of my coach and all this and her brother was a big part of it too.

>> and it's not that you didn't have a hand in this, you had your wedding dress picked out. it was just making the actual wedding day.

>> exactly.

>> you show up thinking you're going to this photo shoot , and i understand there was a little video that brandon you played to prepare her on her ipad that this was, in fact, going to be her wedding day. we have a short clip.

>> come on in.

>> mary catherine, i want to say i love you, you're my life. there's going to be a lot of surprises today. for you. and i just want you to know i'm right there by your side. so i've decided let's get married today.

>> so what was your reaction when you got there to the venue and you saw your whole family, everybody there ready for your wedding ?

>> i don't think i could process what was going on. i was so overwhelmed with love and he just -- i looked in his eyes and i just, everything just melted in my body and i was just so thrilled. my family is everything.

>> and brandon , when you saw your beautiful bride walking down that aisle, what were you thinking?

>> very, very nervous. when her brother gave us a thumbs up, i was like, yes. he always had that, what if she's not ready. i knew she would say yes. worked out well.

>> really quickly, our viewers on our polls who -- on our viewers, we polled them and asked them, would you be happy if your fiance surprised you with a wedding . 74% said no, 26% said yes. what do you want to tell all those people out there?

>> i'm on tv right now.

>> it's okay. it happened. it's okay. it was beautiful.

>> and you're happy about it.

>> it was perfect.

>> congratulations.

>> thank you.

>> happy marriage to both of you.

>> thank you.

>> thank you for being here. enjoy your mini honeymoon. matt,