Good morning everyone! Today's Friday and you know what that means...it's time for another installment of my [FRAMED] series. This moment is from a wedding that happened a little while ago and is a truly touching moment — especially if you're a father. This one's called a Father's Gift. Lets dive in. Being a father changes you in so many ways. Often times at weddings, I feel a strong connection to the father-daughter bond that I see going on around me, mainly because I can see myself in that same position when my daughter, Sophie, grows up and gets married. It's beautiful and sad all in the same stroke. On one hand, your daughter has found the man of her dreams and they've decided to join their lives together in love. On the other hand, it's sad because your little girl is all grown up and moving on with her life.
Lately at weddings, there's been a rise in popularity of brides doing a first look with their father or paying tribute to the man that cared for and raised them all throughout their life. Moments like these are touching and stir up all sorts of emotions. Such as the case with this impromptu first meet with Emily's father during their wedding back in July.
Emily had just gotten into her dress and made her way down the long corridor of the house they rented at Summerset Winery. The end of the corridor joined into a large central room where the bridesmaids and her father were waiting. Slowly she entered and a wave of gasps and smiles flashed over all the bridesmaids. Her father on the other hand, was rendered speechless and wrapped his arms around his daughter as the tears began to flow. After a hug that lasted for what seemed like an eternity, Emily turned to her father and gave him a special father's gift. In the box was a hand written card and an embroidered handkerchief with a beautiful sentimental message written on it. Upon reading it, her father was sent into another round of tears as they both embraced one last time before Emily set out to meet her groom.
I can't think of a way to end this post. So, rather than come up with some clever ending, I suppose it's most appropriate to share what was written on that special handkerchief. It simply said:
Dad, Loved you yesterday, Love you still, Always have, always will. Today a bride, tomorrow a wife, Your little girl for all of life, I love you, Emily.