Fetch your Kleenex box, folks, because here’s a three-tissue tearjerker! A brides’ dad dragged the stepdad into wedding ceremony so the fathers can co-give the bride away. Woman’s Day said September 29, that father of the bride, Todd Bachman, paused the nuptials so he could bring his ex-wife’s new husband on board to give their little girl away together. Needless to say, this act brought down the house–in tears–as guests and wedding party witnessed the generous, brotherly gesture. Got a lump in your throat? Check out the stepfather’s face crumbling with emotion as he’s led to take his place at the altar. He clearly got what Bachman had planned. Bachman has a charming look of jaunty determination, and perhaps held back tears himself, as he pulls this man into the bridal party.
Here’s a guy, whom most would assume is the enemy or at least opponent, of the girl’s biological father. But daddy goes out of his way to make sure they give the bride away together. He puts any differences he, his ex-wife and her new husband may have, aside. He knows that their shared child’s happiness and future life are more important than any dividing factors. Photographer Delia D. Blackburn was on her game, too. This was a heaven-sent photo op. She snapped some really tender images of the two men escorting the bride together and walking arm in arm afterwards.
Most wedding vows read some variation of the gospel injunction “what God has joined, let no man put asunder.” This couple’s could have read, “what daddy has joined, let no one else separate.” For better or for worse, definitely got very much better after Bachman’s kind, humbling gesture. The bride and groom have a pretty good example to follow, of how happy married life can be, if both are willing to take the first step toward reconciliation. How’s that for your daily dose of feel-good medicine?