Emotional Father-of-the-Bride Photos

It's a day your Dad has been equally dreading and dreaming of—your walk down the aisle, your dance, your good-bye. Here, some of the most loving moments captured between brides and their fathers.

Bride Ashley is the youngest of five children and was the last daughter to get married. "When we talked about walking down the aisle, I knew I couldn't just link my arm through his; this moment called for us to hold hands," says Ashley, whose wedding was photographed by Chenin Boutwell. "And I'll never forget the strength of his hand that day. As you can see in the picture I am looking down because I couldn't help but be overwhelmed by all the emotion—but he didn't loosen his grip for even one second."

The bride adds, "When my dad saw this picture he was so surprised. 'I thought I was smiling!' he said. I cracked up because I make the same face when I'm trying to smile sometimes—yet another thing we have in common!"

Photo: Boutwell Studio