For many fathers, walking their daughter down the aisle is a moment to be cherished. Families look forward to this moment and can’t wait to get the perfect photo. Most of the time, this father-daughter walk goes off without a hitch. But sometimes, we are pleasantly surprised by the unexpected.
As Kelsey Griffith walked down the aisle at her wedding, the videographer and family members took a video of the special moment. Just as Kelsey and her dad start walking down the aisle, they pass Kelsey’s stepfather sitting to the left.
Kelsey’s father has a surprise in store for her.
As they proceed down the aisle, Kelsey’s father suddenly stops in his tracks and offers his daughter’s stepdad a hand.
At first, it looks as though he is reaching for a handshake, but he doesn’t let go. He pulls Kelsey’s stepfather toward them without giving him a choice to back out. Kelsey’s father knows that this is where he belongs…walking beside his stepdaughter on one of the most important days of her life.
A father’s unconditional love.
Kelsey was as shocked as the other guests. She watched amazed as her father pulled her stepdad beside her so he could join them. Her stepdad looks shocked but gladly accepts the invitation. He stands beside Kelsey and she gently takes his arm with her left hand and her father’s with her right. Without missing a beat, the three continue to walk down the aisle with not a dry eye in the house.
Kelsey Griffith posted the video on TikTok @griffithk5 with the caption, “My dad surprised my stepdad by including him in our walk down the aisle.” The video has received over 5 million views on TikTok and people were touched by the heartfelt gesture from Kelsey’s father. Many people commented on how he unselfishly made it about Kelsey and not himself. It was her special day after all.
Actions speak louder than words.
One commenter online couldn’t get enough of this father’s selfless gesture. “You dad dreamed of this moment and to include the other man who helped raise you rather than having this moment to himself, is beautifully selfless.” Another person wrote, “As a step-parent, I’m balling my eyes out. The love we have for a child that isn’t ours runs so deep. Your dad is so selfless.” One more person wrote, “This is what it means to be a parent, complete selflessness to make your children happy and to always set the best example with kindness and grace.”
A message of love.
Weddings are all about accepting those for who they are, faults included. What better way to show his daughter and every other guest what the true meaning of love is than to include Kelsey’s stepdad in the ceremony. Kelsey and her new husband are starting their future in a great way…with a loving and accepting extended family behind them through thick and thin.