How awful would it be not to have your father present at your wedding? This is the situation faced by Rebecca on her wedding day. We were incredibly touched by their story as soon as they made contact with us via email. The father had so been looking forward to the wedding of his daughter: walking her down the isle, giving his speech, and feeling proud… It’s something many anticipate from the day a daughter is born. So we knew this was going to be an emotional wedding video.
In many ways, this was very much a traditional wedding – an extremely beautiful, traditional wedding – though missing a very important person. But this is a very close family. They had clearly supported each other tenderly during the period of illness of Rebecca’s father (this was evident in all the speeches) and they found a way to make the day unique by stepping in and filling the conventional role of the father of the bride. Rebecca’s brother walked her down the isle. The bride’s mother gave a ‘Mother of the Bride’ speech, and did a fantastic job. She mentioned her husband frequently, often using the pronoun ‘we’ referring to herself and her husband, and included several humorous observations as well as fond memories. Rebecca herself gave a speech – a powerful, heartfelt speech – in which she mentioned her ‘Daddy’, the ‘first man’ of her life, and the incredible role model her mother is. The speeches, and indeed the wedding day itself, were filled with happy memories of the father who could not be there.
Other parts of the day we loved were: the picturesque barn, Lillibrook Manor, in Berkshire; the peach flowers, complemented by the use of Ivy in the decorations; the ‘oh so cute’ flower girls; and the vicar’s calm, discreet voice which subtly gave prominence to the voices of the bride and groom. I also especially loved Rebecca’s emphatic ‘yes’ accompanied by a shake of her fist as she looked back to her friends and family just as her and Alex were announced husband and wife!
So, yes, they did have a great wedding, despite the inevitable sadness. Just look at the faces of the couple as they laugh their way through the creative portrait session outdoors!
Given the circumstances, we delivered this film as soon as possible so that Rebecca’s father could watch it. And we are so glad that we were able to do this. Along with photography, by Emma Watts, having a wedding video meant that the day was captured so that her father could experience it: see it, hear it, feel it.