Hello lovelies,

Here's a bit of an unplanned post for you.

It was inspired by a truly touching Youtube video that made me wish I'd worn waterproof mascara today...

Last year John of Aria Melody DJ shared his Top 20 Best Father / Daughter Dance Songs Ever playlist.

Ever since then, I've loved hearing from brides and wives sharing their own touching father / daughter dance songs and stories.

Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle is by far the most popular.

It's a beautiful song about a father watching his daughter grow up and 'letting her go' on her wedding day.

It's a tear jerker, for sure.

But this particular wedding video clip I'm about to share makes the song all the more poignant and tear inducing.

Painfully, the bride's father, died earlier in the year from pancreatic cancer.

Her brother thought of a touching way to give her a truly special father/daughter dance...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPDXmbaXvgw

Video by Lafrance Films

(Andrea's first dance was with her dad's father,  followed by her brother Luke, then brother Nick and finally her new father-in-law Scott.)

What a wonderful tribute to a man whose absence must have been sorely felt that day.

For those of you who've lost your dads (or mum's, or anyone close to you) I'm so sorry for your loss.

I know that amidst the excitement of wedding planning, the thought of certain wedding traditions will be difficult.

For the first dance with your parents why not do as Andrea did and dance with other family members or don't include the dance at all.

Please don't feel bound by traditions if they don't suit you, your partner or your family situation.

In case you missed them, here are some of the previous Wedding Music posts and playlists on Bridal Musings:

13 Alternative ‘Here Comes The Bride’ Processional Songs

20 Of The Best Songs For Father / Daughter Dances

20 Awesome Songs For Mother / Son Dances

~ 30 Upbeat Modern Recessional Songs For Your Walk Back Up The Aisle as Newlyweds

~ And, just for fun, The Top 15 Most Inappropriate Wedding Songs

For those of you who don't know the song, Butterfly Kisses, before here are the lyrics:

Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle

There's two things I know for sure
She was sent here from heaven
And she's daddy's little girl
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes
And I thank God for all of the joy in my life
Oh but most of all

For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer
Stickin' little white flowers all up in her hair
Walk beside the pony daddy it's my first ride
I know the cake looks funny daddy but I sure tried

Oh with all that I've done wrong
I must have done something right
To deserve a hug every mornin'
And butterfly kisses at night

Sweet 16 today
She's lookin' like her mama a little more every day
One part woman the other part girl
To perfume and make up from ribbons and curls
Trying her wings out in a great big world
But I remember

Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer
Stickin' little white flowers all up in her hair
You know how much I love you daddy
But if you don't mind
I'm only gonna kiss you on the cheek this time

Oh with all that I've done wrong
I must have done something right
To deserve her love every mornin'
And butterfly kisses at night

All the precious time
Like the wind the years go by
Precious butterfly
Spread your wings and fly

She'll change her name today
She'll make a promise and I'll give her aways
Standing in the bride room just staring at her
She asked me what I'm thinkin'
And I said I'm not sure
I just feel like I'm loosin' my baby girl
And she leaned over

Gave me butterfly kisses with her mama there
Stickin' little white flowers all up in her hair
Walk me down the isle daddy
It's just about time
Does my wedding gown look pretty daddy?
Daddy's don't cry

Oh with all that I've done wrong
I must have done something right
To deserve her love every mornin'
And butterfly kisses

I couldn't ask God for more than this is what love is
I know I've got to let her go but I'll always remember
Every hug in the mornin' and butterfly kisses

Isn't that precious? A tad on the cheesy side but lovely all the same!

I'd love to hear from you, how are you including loved ones who have passed away into your wedding?

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