A father made his daughter’s wedding day even more special by inviting her stepfather to walk down the aisle with them.
Kelsey Griffith, a photographer, posted a video of the touching moment on Instagram and TikTok, where it has gone viral and received millions of views since she posted it on October 1.
The footage began like any other wedding video. Kelsey smiled as she walked down the aisle with her biological father, looking radiant in her exquisite white gown. The guests stood and smiled as they watched the couple, honoring the special moment.
But about halfway down the path, Kelsey’s father came to a halt and reached out to her stepfather, who was watching from the crowd.
The man expected a handshake, but Kelsey’s father drew him toward the aisle and invited him to walk with them the rest of the way. The bride then joins arms with his two fathers and continues their procession to the altar.
Kelsey captioned the video, “My dad surprised my stepdad by including him in our walk down the aisle.”
The video, which has also gone viral on Reddit, has moved many users to tears, with many commenting on the emotional moment.
“Life is just so much easier without the drama,” one Redditor said. I’m not sure why people choose to live with constant conflict and messy co-parenting relationships.”
“It takes a lot to step in as a father figure, and it takes just as much for the biological father to respect his children being raised by someone else,” another said.
Other people were compelled to share similar moving stories of dads and stepdads doing something sweet for their daughters and stepdaughters on their wedding day.
“My dad gave up half of his father/daughter dance to my stepdad, I had no idea his plan until he did it. I was blessed with two amazing dads!” someone posted.
“When my daughter married, her stepfather had a picture of her late father in his pocket, and when they did the father/daughter dance, he showed her he was with them all day,” said another.
Kelsey mentioned on Instagram that her stepfather had helped raise her since she was nine years old. She and her father kept the plan hidden until the ceremony, so no one knew about it until it was too late.
This story is reminiscent of one that went viral in 2015. A father-of-the-bride named Todd Bachmann was walking his daughter down the aisle when he grabbed his daughter’s stepdad, Todd Cendrosky, so he could join them. The latter immediately broke into tears upon realizing what was happening.
“[Brittany’s biological father] came and grabbed my hand, and said: ‘You worked as hard as I have. You’ll help us walk our daughter down the aisle.’ I got weak in the knees and lost it. Nothing better in my life, the most impactful moment in my life,” Cendrosky said, according to USA Today.
Bachmann then shared a photo of him taking Cendrosky by the hand, and it went viral on Facebook.
“It hasn’t always been peaches and cream, by any stretch of the imagination,” Bachmann said. “There’s no better way to thank somebody than to assist me walking my — walking OUR daughter — down the aisle.”
These dads have proven that selflessness is one of the most important qualities a person must have to be a good parent. These men put their daughter’s needs before their own, which is the true mark of being a great father.
Prepare some tissues and see the precious moment unfold in the video below.