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The True Story of #WeStillComing

Perhaps you’ve already joined me in seeing the funniest thing on the internet in the past couple of weeks. But if not… this text-cap + ensuing image was phenomenal, went viral (with a hashtag of #WeStillComing, no less), and was picked up big-news publications like the NY Post, Elite Daily, and countless others.

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Turns out… it was a hoax.

Did your heart fall just a little bit? I really badly wanted to believe the above was true — a hilarious illustration of the positives of trusting people. Well, turns out the real story has a little bit of that too… with even more hilarious results.

The photo is real, but the married couple is Amy & Ian… not Kristin and Roger, and they got married last month in Detroit.

Wedding photographer Adam Sparkes explained to the Washington Post:

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.

After Amy and Ian got married at the Colony Club in Detroit, the bridal party jumped on an antique trolley and stopped at several locations for photos. When they stopped at the Michigan Central Station, a once-grand but now decaying and abandoned structure, they encountered more than 30 young black men — a rap group called “7262″ filming a video for their new album using tricked out blue and gold Monte Carlos as props.

As Amy exited the trolley, she said the group clapped and congratulated the young couple. While Amy and Ian positioned themselves in front of the station for a photo, the groomsmen in their tuxes decided to mingle with the rappers in their brightly colored street threads.

But pictures weren’t enough for Adam Sparkes, the couple’s wedding photographer and a lifelong resident of the Detroit metro area.

“They looked over at us,” Sparkes told The Post. “We waved back at them and then we said, ‘we are going to come over and dance in your video.’”

The young men said sure, come on over.

Amy and Ian summoned the bridesmaids from the trolley and they all got out, with the crowd of rappers whooping and hollering. 7262 turned up the music — and for the next 15 minutes Amy, Ian and their bridal party danced to the “Anthem” rap song, all the while being filmed for the video.

One week later, they received a link to 7262’s first video — “Anthem.” The video opens with the bridesmaids exiting the trolley and running toward the group. Several groomsmen are featured dancing.

The photo that went viral was a cellphone picture from that moment. Someone uploaded the picture to social media and it’s been spreading — with the fantasy story — for the last month.

What a debut video from 7262. Hah! Watch “Anthem” below, which fits right into that Chicago trap/drill sound, and features the wedding party (as succinctly captured by these GIFs as well.)

The slow motion every time the wedding party appears is fantastic. Enjoy!

h/t Buzzfeed