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Make sure you have Kleenex handy when you read these emotional memories from real brides about the most touching moments from their own weddings.
"My dad, who had been paralyzed by a spinal cord injury, was able to not only walk me down the aisle, but also dance with me during the father/daughter dance. I kept my cool when walking down the aisle but went full blown 'Oprah ugly cry' during our dance. I thought about how hard he'd worked in physical therapy to get better and how when his injury first occurred, I thought this day would never happen. My dad is one of the strongest, most determined men I know and having him walk me down the aisle and dance with me was an amazing achievement for him and a perfect moment for me." —Amanda
"Watching Daniel as I walked down the aisle! My groom had tears streaming down his face and could not contain his emotions. It was truly one of the most beautiful and memorable moments of my life." —Chandra
"Our friends — adults and kids — blowing bubbles all around us during our first dance. I later told a friend how amazing that had felt, and he said that to him, every bubble he blew was like a blessing or prayer onto us." —Denise
"When we told my grandmother about our engagement, she was in the hospital and very sick. She'd been having a hard time finding the motivation to do physical therapy and get better. Her eyes lit up and she said that her goal was to dance at our wedding — and after a lot of hard work, she did!" —Amy
"My husband Sibe is Dutch and had about 35 friends and family fly over from the Netherlands. They created a 20-minute 'lifetime' video of my husband's life and the story of how the two of us met. The guys created costumes, acted out hilarious memories, and edited it to look incredible. At one point, the song in the background was That's What Friends Are For. The entire wedding reception stood up and sang that to us. It felt straight out of the orchestra scene from Love Actually!"—Vanessa
"Twenty-four years ago (August 17!), I married George. Since my parents were both gone, my two brothers-in-law agreed to give me away. After walking me down the aisle, the judge asked, 'Who gives this woman to this man?' They each pointed to the other and said, 'He does!' What a great moment! The guys are still very much in my life. And they sure gave us a moment that was both hilarious and touching." —Nancy
"Our first dance. We were married in a small ceremony in Central Park. I'd secretly arranged for legendary flutist Karen Joseph to play for us. Although we were right smack in the middle of NYC, all I could hear was Karen softly playing "The Closer I Get to You." It never felt more intimate as we slow danced in our own little bubble." —Leslie Ann
"My husband wrote the most amazing vows that left me and all our guests in tears because of how sweet they were." —Jilea
"When we went to the hotel afterwards, we sat in bed with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, reading the cards and well wishes from our loved ones. We were exhausted and fueled purely by adrenaline but it was a wonderful moment when we could soak up the whole day and dream about our future." —Ronjini
Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author.