Emotional Father-Daughter Wedding Dance
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Emotional Father-Daughter Wedding Dance

One of the best parts of every wedding day is the father-daughter dance. Whether it is sweet, touching, funny or all of the above, that moment never fails to be beautiful. It is the one time during just about every wedding in which there are sure to be tears. The bride’s, obviously. But it is not uncommon for the dads to choke up as well. Which frequently leads to some misty eyes among the wedding guests too! The end result is just about always a series of photos that make precious and treasured additions to your wedding gallery.

One of the Most Special Father-Daughter Wedding Moments

There are a lot of reasons why a father-daughter dance during a wedding reception is so special. One of the most important is the way it highlights how the relationship a woman has with her dad. In many cases, there is nothing else quite like it in her life. No one who loves her quite so unconditionally. No one who wants to protect her so devotedly. And no one who sees her as the most beautiful girl in the world in quite the same way.

We apologize if this is an overgeneralization or if it does not apply to you. It is true that there are many brides out there who do not have close relationships with their fathers for a variety of reasons. At the same time, though, we have seen and photographed enough beautiful father-daughter wedding moments to know there is something special there. In addition to father-daughter dances, we have also documented hundreds of father-daughter first looks and dads walking their daughters down the aisle. The vast majority have shown that there really is something particularly meaningful about a father-daughter relationship.

Why Father-Daughter Dances Are Meaningful

Of all these wedding-day moments, though, the father-daughter dance during the reception is really extra special. Why? Mostly because of what it signifies. Because of when it happens on a wedding day, it represents a transition of sorts. The bride is now married to her soulmate and about to start a new chapter in her life. By accompanying his daughter down the aisle (assuming they have observed that tradition), the father has signaled that his part in her story will become just a little smaller. Not less important, just a little less prominent. The father-daughter dance, though, reminds her (and everyone else) that he will still always be there for her.

Father-Daughter Wedding Dance Photos

With so much emotional significance built into that part of a wedding day, it is little wonder that the images of those moments are so beautiful. Even if there are no tears, father-daughter wedding dance photos never fail to be sweet and touching. Even when the bride and her dad are laughing or he is hamming it up (which pretty often!), there is always a certain tenderness that you just do not get in other wedding-day pictures.

For this reason, we always put in a little extra effort during father-daughter dances. We are just a little more focused, looking for those little looks and gestures that communicate how special the relationship is. We take just a few more shots than usual so that we do not inadvertently miss that one moment when the emotions come out. And we always make sure to keep one eye on the bride’s new spouse, her mom and the rest of the guest, in case the beauty of the dance touches their hearts in visible ways.

Emotional Father-Daughter Wedding Dance at Waredaca Brewing Company

When we do our job right, we create images like this one. A photo that captures the magic of a father-daughter relationship in a single moment. We took it during a wedding reception at Waredaca Brewing Company, a lovely horse farm, working brewery and wedding venue in suburban Maryland. Because it was a same-sex wedding, there were actually two father-daughter dances. The second was fun and goofy, as the bride and her dad had choreographed a routine that included lots of mugging and posturing. This one, by contrast, was a much more emotional father-daughter wedding dance. Though the bride was smiling at this particular moment, she wiped away tears of joy during other parts of her turn around the dance floor with her dad. You can see from the way she is holding him tight how much he means to her.


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