A Dad Halted His Daughter’s Wedding So Her Stepdad Could Help Give Her Away

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

1. A dad in Ohio is making national headlines after he paused his daughter’s wedding to invite her stepfather to join him in walking her down the aisle.

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2. The touching moment had everyone in tears at the Saturday wedding.

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The couple’s photographer, Delia D. Blackburn, told BuzzFeed News that Brittany Peck’s father, Todd Bachman, was proceeding down the aisle when he suddenly stopped and walked over to her stepfather, Todd Cendrosky.

Blackburn said the guests clearly had no idea what he was doing.

“Everyone was a little bit concerned because there had been tension,” she said.

3. But then, Bachman did something amazing. He grabbed Cendrosky and asked him if he would help him walk Brittany Peck down the aisle. “I think he said something along the lines of ‘You helped raise her,’” Blackburn said.

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4. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, Blackburn said.

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“The groom was extremely happy,” she said. “The bride, she was in tears because this was a little bit of a struggle for her.”

Blackburn added that as a stepparent herself, the moment was very emotional.

“I had to tell myself to hurry up and get the shot because I was losing it,” she said.

5. After the wedding, Blackburn decided to share the photos and the family’s story to her Facebook page. They since have been shared more than 500,000 times.

6. The photographer said the response to the photos has been crazy, and said the message clearly struck a chord.

“It apparently touches so many families in America today,” she said.

She added that she has spoken with the newlyweds, who said they are glad to spread such a positive story.

“They are happy that their message is getting out for parents and stepparents [to get] along for the sake of their kids,” she said.

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