We like to set up a private moment for the groom to see his bride in her gown. This happens before the ceremony and provides an intimate, private moment for the couple only. It also provides some great images for the couple that always makes it into the album.
The day before the wedding we photographed last week, Dayna and Alan's, we found out that the bride's dad, my brother Pete, was in the hospital and might not make it to the wedding. You can imagine how we all felt hearing this news but especially Dayna. Pete has been battling a very serious decease for a few years and has been doing great. As is the case sometimes, complications arise and this was one of those times. When on the day of the wedding, we found out he would attend by signing himself out of the hospital, I had an idea. Instead of the groom seeing the bride in her gown for the first time, I would change it and have Pete see Dayna in her gown for the first time. I asked both Peter and Dayna how they felt about it and both agreed to it. Now, I had to find a place at the venue to photograph it. It needed to be away from all the guests and most of the wedding party. This would be a private moment captured discreetly by Phyllis and myself. I found a spot on the front porch of the venue, The Harris Pelham Inn. We had Pete facing away from the door from which Dayna would walk out. The plan was to have the bride walk up and tap her father on his shoulder and for him to turn and see her. Because of Peter's health, we had him sit until Dayna was ready.
I could see that Pete was in a weakened state but was determined not to let his daughter down on her wedding day. He didn't. After we photographed this moment, he again stood tall. He walked Dayna down a fairly steep hill to the ceremony. He was told they could set up a chair for him to sit halfway to the gazebo, where the ceremony was to be performed but he insisted on walking his daughter the whole way and he did. I have always been proud of my brothers for many reasons but at this moment, I was especially impressed. It was a special day for the guests but a very memorable day for our family.
My brother showed a love for his daughter that made us all very proud and provided a very poignant moment. On this very special day, his daughter's wedding day, he would not be defeated. With his two sons and their wives and their children looking on, he walked a walk that showed what the love of a father and family means.
Pete, we were all proud of you that day. You made Dayna's wedding day even more special for her.