This past weekend, as I stood under a pretty wedding arch lovingly designed, decorated and mounted by friends and family of the bride and groom, I did what I usually do, I spoke softly to the groom Nick and tried to soothe his nerves. When his bride, Ashley and her father appeared at the door, he smiled from ear to ear and started to breathe easier. I then turned my attention to the lovely bride as she walked in. As I gazed down the aisle, for the first time in a long time, my eyes started to water. Now, please know, each of my weddings move me in their unique way; maybe it's the couple's love story, or their challenges, or their union of blended families, no matter, they are all special in their own way. What made this day special was when Ashley and her Dad strolled down the aisle, they suddenly stopped midway and waited for her elderly Grandfather to join them. Grandpa was in a wheel chair pushed by a cousin. When he reached her, he took his granddaughters hand and the three of them continued the wedding march towards the Groom. Not a dry eye in the house!
For this ceremony, the bride wanted me to ask "Who presents this woman in marriage to this man?" You got it, Dad and Grandpa both said, We do...her father....her grandfather. And we all cried again!
Weddings like no other life event, presents an opportunity for families to come together and support each other at a time of joy and happiness. All of the planning and worrying about things that at the end of the day, do not really matter, need to be pushed aside. What the couple needs is the support and love of their family. Moments like I witnessed yesterday, when a daughter emotionally held on tight to her Daddy and Grandpa as she walked towards her future and the love of her life, says it all.