A stirring video of the haka being performed at the wedding of Aaliyah and Benjamin Armstrong in Auckland, New Zealand. The Maori war dance was organised by the 23-year-old groom’s best man and was led by his older brother.
Ms Armstrong, 21, told the BBC she was “blown away” by the performance. She said the haka was a sign of respect from her husband’s best man and family not, as some have commented online, an attempt to intimidate him.
“I wasn’t planning on jumping in until one bridesmaid did,” said Ms Armstrong. “I felt the need to show love and respect back. I was really blown away.”
Women do not normally perform the haka in Maori culture but she said they can do at weddings.