Real Dads Reflect


We interviewed four real fathers of the bride to find out their favorite moments from their own daughters' weddings.


Photo: Courtney Goldman Photography

"When I saw Joanie for the first time on her wedding day, I looked at her and remembered the little girl who loved to help me in the garden, who'd spend the day with me at my office, who was a high school actress and debater. I cannot put into words how much I love her and how lucky I felt at that moment." —John Gibson, father of Joan Gibson Kaminer, married August 9, 2009, in Athens, GA

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"Caroline and I didn't have much time to rehearse our father-daughter dance, to 'Don't Worry Baby' by the Beach Boys. The look on my face was a reflection of my joy at the total success of the wedding, and the unadulterated, unfettered happiness I felt sharing that moment with her. I also happen to really like the man she married." —John Adams Dix, father of Caroline Templeton, married June 6, 2009, in Chicago


Photo: Jake Holt Photography

"Instead of doing a traditional father/daughter dance, C-Jaye and I performed 'I Will Always Love You' by Dolly Parton, but changed the lyrics to fit our relationship. I have no singing ability whatsoever, so I was praying I wouldn't embarrass myself. But my daughter is a great singer, and it was awesome to see her sitting there in her white gown singing to me." —Mike Heller, father of C-Jaye Engelstad, married November 8, 2009, in Round Top, TX


Photo: Andrew Reilly Photography

"During my toast, I spoke about the special times Sheila and I have shared together—from her coming to the office with me on Saturdays, to fishing, to attending Yankee games. When she came up to me afterwards and gave me a hug, it felt surreal—I know that kids grow up very quickly, but time has gone by so fast. I just didn't want to let her go." —John Lynch, father of Sheila St. Pierre, married November 15, 2008, in Bethesda, MD

More for Dad:
Father-of-the-Bride Attire
Father-of-the-Bride Speech Example
Father-of-the-Bride Advice

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