A beautiful story of a blended family has gone viral this week. After seeing the gorgeous photos, it’s no surprise why.
Brittany Peck is a 21 year old from Elyria, Ohio. She got married this year and her wedding photos have melted the hearts of families around the globe.
The Chronicle-Telegram newspaper and WKYC interviewed the family to find out their story. Brittany said that her parents divorced when she was quite young but that before too long (when she was 11 years old), she had a father AND a step-father.
Like any bride-to-be, the logistics of the wedding were stressing her out. Particularly the walk down the aisle. Who would she ask to walk her down? Her father, Todd Bachman? Or her stepfather, Todd Cendrosky? The choice she thought she needed to make was breaking her heart. So she called up Bachman for advice.
Bachman told the newspaper:
“She called me and said, ‘Dad, something’s bothering me. I told her I already had something planned. She was so torn, and the last thing I wanted was for her to be torn.”
So flash forward to her wedding day. She’s in her dress. Cendrosky is seated at the front of the rows. Bachman is ready to walk his daughter down the aisle.
The wedding march began and Bachman told the photographer, Delia Blackburn, to be prepared for something a little unusual. Bachman walked his daughter to the start of the aisle and then stopped the procession. He ran to the front of all the guests and grabbed Cendrosky’s hand.
“He 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. I couldn’t have anything better in my life, the most impactful moment in my life.”
So both men, one on either side of Brittany, got to give away their daughter.
Despite having an admittedly strained relationship, they were both there for the same reason. Cendrosky told the Chronicle-Telegram:
“I always wanted to [walk a daughter] down the aisle, and when I married my beautiful wife, Candy, she gave me three daughters. I don’t have ‘stepdaughters,’ I have daughters. We have become family, and the children’s needs need to come first.”
Bachman told WKYC:
“For me to thank him for all the years of helping raise OUR daughter wouldn’t be enough. There is no better way to thank somebody than to assist me walking her down the aisle.”
Blackburn’s series of photos capturing the emotional moment have been shared all over social media. It started out on the photo-sharing site, imgur, but has since spread across dozens of sites!
My heart burst looking at these two men coming together for their daughter, on the most important day of her life. We should all take a lesson from their book.