So much attention is placed on the bride during the wedding planning stages and on her actual wedding day. There is so much more to a bride's wedding day than the exchanging of her vows with her husband-to-be; perhaps another love in her life.
You might be surprised at how many brides walk into Headpiece.com with their father by their side. When a dad accompanies his daughter for her design consultation we often witness a love story. Brielle has chosen to surprise her dad on her wedding day with a special moment just between the two of them before they walk down the aisle. While their father/daughter love story is still in the making there are a few decisions yet to be made that are very important to both Brielle and her dad. Jeff offered to help us out with this post by giving us some insight into the thoughts and heart of "The Father of the Bride".
While there are many stories and myths as to the origin of the wedding blusher, many of our bridal clients are loving the blusher because of the ethereal beauty it provides when walking down the aisle---and because of the emotional once in a lifetime moment captured when it is lifted.
At Headpiece.com we have had brides that come in and tell us that no one does a blusher anymore...or that it's old fashioned. Not so! About fifty percent of our clients choose to wear a blusher. When a bride comes in we ask her about her style, where she is getting married, who is walking her down the aisle, and her feelings about a blusher. The advice I give to my clients is that the decision of whether or not to wear a blusher should be "a conversation".
When Annaliza came in with her dad I asked her if she wanted to wear a blusher. She said she wasn't thinking of wearing a blusher...until I put one on her. What took place next was absolutely beautiful. Her dad practiced lifting the blusher. The moment was quite emotional. It ended with a kiss and Annaliza's decision to wear a blusher. Some of our most beautiful blusher moments are seen below.
Thoughts from our guest blogger Jeff Hunt...Father of the Bride.
The Blusher...Two words come to my mind when I think of Brielle walking down the aisle in her wedding dress and veil; classic and romantic.
As the father of the bride, the moment of folding back the blusher to kiss my princess as she takes this next step in life would be the picture I have always envisioned. However, the moment and the day would be no less special without it. Lifting the blusher is like opening a treasure chest of memories which are too rich to describe. I don't think of this moment as giving my daughter away but rather Alex joining her to become a part of our family. I can't envision what Brielle will wear or how I will feel when I see her on her wedding day...but the thought of the beautiful and elegant Grace Kelly comes to mind.
Our Walk Down the Aisle...I have no doubt that Brielle will be the most beautiful bride ever! I get emotional just thinking about it, and it is nine months away.
At the many weddings we have attended, I've often thought about what's going through the father's mind as he takes those few steps. I say "few" because no matter how long the walk, that short walk represents the journey that Brielle and I have taken together for the past twenty eight years. I have enjoyed every step, and when we reach Alex I am going to ask him to take her the rest of the way. That's the way it should be...it's tradition...it's commitment. I am going to walk very slowly, very purposefully, very reverently...and I am going to love her and think about every step we have taken together.
Our Dance...Brielle and I have had many opportunities to dance through life. We danced when she was a little girl twirling in the living room, at her dance recital, at weddings, her Sweet Sixteen, Richmond Ring Dance, and now our most special dance of all...at her wedding. What shall we dance to?
I have many favorites but I think it is Brielle's choice. She wants to dance to a song that is unique but represents the special relationship we share. Brielle has played a few choices for me. The wedding is still nine months away and I can't get through any of them without crying. Oh well, I have some time to learn how to keep my emotions in check on her wedding day (not)! We have had many dances together before and every one has had special meaning including our song... Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. I look forward to our dance on October the fourteenth more than ever!
Where did the years go by? Brielle and Jeff dance to Butterfly Kisses in 1998....
A Final Thought...
Any dad reading this knows it is very difficult for any young man to measure up to the gift that is his wonderful daughter. Brielle managed to find that young man. Sometimes... smart, strong, athletic, and handsome are more than you can hope for. When you add in loving, personable, helpful, and driven...you have Alex. He is going to be a most welcomed addition to our family!
Next month on the Fourteenth:
In search of Wedding Eats!