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Tear-Inducing Father/Daughter Wedding Moments

Jun 15 2014 - 6:00am

There's something about the bond between a dad and his daughter, so it's no surprise that there are a number of special wedding [1] traditions that center on this special relationship. Some of the most emotionally charged moments — aside from those between the bride and groom, of course — include the father/daughter dance and the giving away of the bride by her father in the ceremony. The origin of the latter, however, harks back to the days of arranged marriages, when fathers gave their daughters away as property in exchange for a dowry. Nowadays the meaning is much less offensive to women, as it's considered a symbol of the father's blessing of the union. The father/daughter dance is also a way for the dad to give away his daughter and to say his goodbyes as her husband becomes the new main man in her life. At American weddings, fathers also traditionally say a toast to the bride and groom at the reception.

Depending on your culture or religion, there is a wide variety of traditions involving the bride's dad. At Argentinean weddings, the bride is escorted by her father down the aisle, but instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen, the couples' parents and godparents are the only ones at their side for the ceremony. Jewish weddings have many traditions for the father of the bride to take part in, including the groom's tisch, in which the men sing and drink and the father of the bride, together with the groom, signs the ketubah. During Indian wedding ceremonies, the parents of the bride wash the feet of the bride and groom with milk and water to symbolize their purification before marriage. And at Muslim weddings, the tradition of the bride's father giving her away to the groom is called rukhsat. But perhaps the most unusual tradition occurs at wedding ceremonies in the Maasai nation of Kenya, in which the father of the bride gives his blessing by spitting on the bride's head and breasts.

No matter what your background, you can't help but feel the love this Father's Day [2] with these inspiring father/daughter wedding moments caught on camera. And tell us below if you have a father/daughter wedding tradition we didn't mention!

Photos by Studio 1208 [3] and Jeffrey & Julia Woods [4] via Style Me Pretty [5]

Too sweet! This bride adjusted her dad's suit for a cute photo op.

Photo by Michelle Sullivan Photography [6] via Style Me Pretty [7]

Nothing gets the crowd choked up like seeing a teary dad during the father/daughter dance.

Photo by Jana Williams Photography [8] via Style Me Pretty [9]

A dad hugged the bride as he gave her away during the ceremony.

Photo by Docuvitae [10] via Style Me Pretty [11]

Like father, like daughter: this sweet bride and her dad made a cute pair.

Photo by Our Labor of Love [12] via Style Me Pretty [13]

A proud papa showed off his daughter at the reception.

Photo by Llanes Weddings [14] via Style Me Pretty [15]

A bride gave her dad a sweet look before heading down the aisle.

Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer [16] via Style Me Pretty [17]

A bride teared up as she embraced her dad.

Photo by Jeffrey & Julia Woods [18] via Style Me Pretty [19]

The bride looked over at her dad during their walk down the aisle.

Photo by Red Fly Studio [20] via Style Me Pretty [21]

A bride squeezed her dad tight during the father/daughter dance.

Photo by Erin Hearts Court [22] via Style Me Pretty [23]

This bride laughed with her father during their dance.

Photo by Mishelle Lamarand Photography [24] via Style Me Pretty [25]

Dad and daughter danced together at this wedding [26].

Photo by Sarah Yates [27] via Style Me Pretty [28]

Dad and daughter gave each other a cute peck on the cheek before she said her "I dos."

Photo by Tec Petaja Photography Inc. [29] via Style Me Pretty [30]

This bride and her dad looked over at each other during their walk down the aisle.

Photo by Adeline and Grace Photography [31] via Style Me Pretty [32]

Aww, so cute! This dad made the bride laugh with his kisses.

Photos by Chennergy Weddings [33] via Style Me Pretty [34]

An emotional bride affectionately looked at her father while walking down the aisle.

Photo by Lauren Ross Photography [35] via Style Me Pretty [36]

This father put the fun in the father/daughter dance.

Photo by Orchard Cove Photography [37] via Style Me Pretty [38]

The bride and her dad got close during their dance.

Photo by Three Nails [39] via Style Me Pretty [40]

Dad soaked it all up during the father/daughter dance.

Photo by Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers [41] via Style Me Pretty [42]

This pop got fancy with the father/daughter dance.

Photo by The Ely Brothers [43] via Style Me Pretty [44]

This father took a good look at his daughter in her bridal getup.

Photo by Riso Studio [45] via Style Me Pretty [46]

The bride shot a look of love at her papa.

Photo by Stella Alesi / Photography [47] via Style Me Pretty [48]

This father/daughter pairing enjoyed themselves during their dance.

Photo by Justin & Mary [49] via Style Me Pretty [50]

Dad and daughter were all smiles down the aisle.

Photo by Melissa Schollaert Photography [51] via Style Me Pretty [52]

This was a sweet father/daughter dance.

Photo by Mary Jane Photography [53] via Style Me Pretty [54]

A bride hugged it out with her dad at the wedding [55].

Photo by Scott Piner Photography [56] via Style Me Pretty [57]

This bride's dad gave her a smooch on the cheek at the wedding [58].

Photo by Studio 1208 [59] via Style Me Pretty [60]


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