One bride’s tribute to her father on her wedding day proves that even when we grow up, our father’s will always hold a special place in our hearts.
In a post on Love What Matters, Morgan Gompf said that as a little girl, she didn’t dream of her wedding day. Instead, she was her dad’s shadow as he worked on the family farm.
“Growing up, there was rarely a time when we weren’t together,” she wrote. “Whatever he was doing, I wanted to do the same.”
From changing the oil to walking in the footprints her dad made in the snow, she learned all she could from her father.
“My fondest childhood memories have my dad in them. He was always a flannel-wearing hero in my eyes, the strongest person on the earth, the best tree climber, the one that would make my mom, sister, and I all laugh as he danced in front of the TV, just to hear us giggle.”
When she was a sophomore in high school, she recalled getting ready for a high school dance and her dad’s reaction to her all dressed up.
“My dad didn’t say a word, he just hugged me,” she said. “That was when it hit me. He didn’t have to tell me how pretty I looked, or that he thought my dress was nice, I just knew.”
So, when Gompf’s wedding day arrived, she wanted to see her dad before he walked her down the aisle.
“Although I knew getting married wouldn’t change me being his little girl, and him my hero, something about ‘giving me away’ was so hard to swallow.”
Gompf had her photographer wait on the porch to catch the moment on camera.
“I don’t think any of us were prepared for the emotion that broke loose. We hugged, we cried, we smiled as I shared a moment with just him.”
The blue flannel her dad always wore in her childhood memories was cut into the shape of the heart and sewn to Gompf’s dress as her “something blue.”
She gave her dad a handkerchief with a stitched note on it to commemorate the day as well.
“That moment will always be special to me,” Gompf said of her time with her father before the rest of her wedding day.
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