24 Times Fathers Melted Our Hearts at Weddings
Dads are always a special presence at a wedding celebration, but at these affairs, the fathers stepped into the limelight in their own super-sweet ways, from being the calming aisle escort to crafting the personalized touches that decorated the big day.
Just the Two of Us
Nervous for her walk down the aisle, Genevieve shared a giddy moment with her father pre-processional. “We were laughing in anticipation,” Gen explained. “I don't like being the center of attention, so I don’t think I made eye contact the entire walk. Meanwhile, my dad walked slowly and looked at everyone. I think he was proud, and it was significant to him, because he has taken great care of me, and this was a moment in our lives we were so fortunate to share.”
The Original “Father of the Bride”
Weddings are a bit of a family business for Annie Meyers-Shyer. Her parents, Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, cowrote the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride, which Annie’s dad also directed. Annie played the flower girl in the film. So, naturally, when Annie wed, she and her dad danced to Steve Tyrell’s version of “The Way You Look Tonight,” a song featured in the movie.
For the role of best man at his wedding, Bryan looked to his old man. “It was the only option that made sense,” Bryan says. “I have always had great friends through the years, but none of them touches what my dad has done for me. My parents shaped me into the person I am today.”
Right before walking in, the bride’s father, John, insisted on straightening Lindsay’s train. “It’s one of my favorite photos from the day,” Lindsay says.
Man of Perfect Words
As master of ceremonies at her wedding, Darcy’s father, Martin Miller, toasted the newlyweds in the sweetest way, saying of her groom, “Although Darcy has many accomplishments, her life and our family were not complete without the addition of this extraordinary young man.”
Choosing a great father-daughter dance song is a must when music plays as big of a role in your family as it does for Carrie Crowell (granddaughter of Johnny Cash and daughter of Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell). “Their dance was an incredible display of unfiltered joy,” says Dan of his wife’s spin to George Harrison’s “Fish on the Sand” with her father.
Leah walked down the aisle to Ray Lynch’s “Tiny Geometries” on the arms of both of her fathers. Her little brother followed behind, holding her train.
“During the father-daughter dance, I almost tripped on my dress, but my dad made it look like a dip,” recalls Summer of her father’s swift moves as they swayed to Ray Charles’s “Ain’t That Love.”
Bye, Bye, Baby
Erin’s dad, Don, escorted her down the aisle. “I’m the youngest of five children, and it was very emotional for both of us,” Erin says of the walk, which was accompanied by an acoustic rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “When You Need Me” performed by Ben Marshal. The groom’s father played a special role, too, sourcing and reviving 120 horseshoes to decorate each place setting at the reception.
Actor Ted Danson officiated the ceremony at his stepdaughter Lilly’s wedding.
Olivia’s father, Douglas, walked her from the home, across the lawn, and down the aisle. “I remember seeing Olivia smiling,” the groom says, “then noticing that Doug was beaming from ear to ear.”
The groom’s father walked both the bride’s and groom’s mothers down the aisle. “We thought it was a nice symbol of our families joining together,” notes the bride.
Alix and her dad began swaying to a slow song when the DJ suddenly cut to a fast number. “My father was doing air guitar and dancing like crazy,” she says, laughing. “I thought he was going to break a hip!” Grooving wasn’t the only skill Alix’s dad displayed that day; he also painted and mounted the wooden table numbers for the reception.
A Kiss From Dad
Prior to the ceremony, Ana received a kiss from her father, who had traveled all the way to Greece to witness his daughter wed.
All Together Now
This couples’ parents and stepparents played an integral part in the wedding, particularly Lana’s dad, who officiated the service. And as a wedding gift, Lana’s parents had their own wedding bands melted down to create a priceless pair of earrings for the bride to wear. Each disk-shaped earring is half of Lana’s mother’s wedding band and half of her father’s.
Before the ceremony, Sally emerged from the patio door with a parent on each arm and walked into the backyard, which was covered by an ivory tent in anticipation of a dramatic downpour. “I remember my mom and dad saying, ‘Are you okay?’” Sally says. “And I said, ‘Yes, I’m just so happy!’ Then, all of a sudden, it hit me,” she recalls. “I went from completely calm to tears like waterworks.”
Annie’s father wore a kilt of Malcolm plaid, his family’s tartan. A tartan from Annie’s mother’s side—the McNeil plaid—was displayed as a tablecloth.
Daughter of the Groom
After Kate Bosworth danced with her father to “Stand by Me” at her wedding, her new husband, Michael Polish hit the floor with his own daughter, Jasper, to Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.”
Partner in Bride
“As a little girl, I would make my dad buy me bridal magazines,” model Renee Puente says of her father, who walked her down the aisle to wed actor Matthew Morrison. “I was always that girl who dreamt of her wedding until I got older, and then I didn’t want to get married anymore. But Matthew changed my world.”
Along with her mom, Irby’s grandfather, whom she calls Papa, walked her down the aisle. He also danced with her to “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle during the reception. The song choice was easy and obvious; he would often play the track in his truck’s tape player when he picked her up from the bus stop after school. “I remember him telling me we’d dance to it at my wedding one day, and we did,” Irby says.
Arm in Arm
In the courtyard of a private villa just before sunset, Samantha’s father walked her down the aisle to Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, performed on violin by a childhood friend. “My dad looked so comfortable and happy,” Samantha says of her beaming escort.
Donning a tan Joss A. Bank suit, Cartter’s dad served as a groomsman. Here, he stands with Cartter’s mother, who chose a floral dress in a complementary color.
“He said, ‘You ready for this?’ and was so excited he ran me down the aisle,” Molly says of her father and their entrance as the Galliard Trio played classical music.
Lizzy and her father, Bob, entered to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder—“a moment both of us have dreamed of our whole lives.” And thanks to the magic of video, Bob has been able to relive the moment, again and again. “My dad watches our wedding video at least twice a day,” says Lizzy. “He used to watch it more than that. And everywhere he goes, he shows it to people. He will start off meetings by showing it to people! He is ridiculous, but it just shows how beautifully it was made and how proud he is of us.”