Dad died before the wedding, and a voice told her to turn around at the reception.

Losing a parent is never easy: they were someone you knew your entire life and with whom you shared a special tie. It’s the kind of grief that can’t be explained, just experienced. Andrea’s father died of pancreatic cancer just months before she was to marry the love of her life. She was devastated: all she wanted was for him to be there as she walked down the aisle.

The wedding went on, despite the fact that everyone knew there would be a significant absence at the ceremony. Andrea’s brother saw how much she missed their father and planned a great surprise for her. It entailed recording his own rendition of the song “Butterfly Kisses,” which is about a father’s devotion for his daughter.

“Butterfly Kisses” was written by Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas and released in 1997. Carlisle saw it as a gift for his daughter, an incredible way to celebrate her 16th birthday. The song topped the Adult Contemporary chart and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song. “Butterfly Kisses” is a touching story of a father-daughter relationship that spans decades, invoking everything from childhood recollections to the daughter’s wedding day.

Following the wedding ceremony, Andrea’s brother informed that he had recorded “Butterfly Kisses” and that it would be played during the traditional father-daughter dance. Andrea’s jaw absolutely dropped before she burst into tears. She danced with several close family members while her brother’s version of the song played: her grandfather (dad’s father), each of her brothers in turn, and ultimately her new father-in-law. There couldn’t have been a dry eye in the entire room!

This extremely moving video is shown below. The fact that it has received over 27 million views demonstrates how well it has been received. Andrea will undoubtedly continue to draw strength from her great loving family.

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Dad died before the wedding, and a voice told her to turn around at the reception.
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