When Your Little Girl Gets Married

OUR FATHER AND DAUGHTER DANCE
OUR FATHER AND DAUGHTER DANCE | Source

This is my experience of when your little girl gets married and the beauty, happiness and love that is shared by two people that were once a little boy, now husband and my little girl, now wife and newlyweds.

I remember like it was yesterday when my little girl was born. So beautiful, precious and pure. Now twenty six years later she is married and now a wife to the man she has loved for years.

It is so hard to see daddy's little girl grown and married, but the memories will be with me as she grew up and became a lady, and a beautiful lady at that. I will always treasure these memories of all the softball games she played in and the all the concerts in school. All the spelling bees she was in and had won.

Taking her on trips to Washington Crossing in Pennsylvania each year with her brother and their mom. I remember how excited she was when Fall was coming knowing it was getting close to the trip to Washington Crossing and having that one simple hot dog and a soda put the biggest smile her face. How something so simple to us adults can make a little girl light up from ear to ear.

I remember all the Summers we went to Long Beach Island for our week or two vacation in the summer. My daughter and her brother had a ball going fishing, crabbing, and just having the best time of their lives. Not a worry in the world and just having fun like all children should.

I remember her bringing home those straight A report cards and I smiled and said, my little girl is going to make something out of herself in her adult life and I was so right.


MY LITTLE GIRL IS NOW A WIFE

My little girl now grown and married worked so hard in school to make sure she had a great future in her career and to prepare for what life was about to throw at her. She knew what was involved to make a wonderful life for herself.

She went to a private University and studied and got her BA in Corporate Communications. I was so proud of her when she received her Diploma on that beautiful sunny day. She graduated with Honors and on the Deans List. How proud that made me and knowing that twenty six years ago (while writing this) watching her in the delivery room being born.

On May 19th, 2012 I walked my little girl down the aisle to be wed to her fiance, and within minutes her last name will change. The last walk, arm and arm with teary eyes heading up to the altar to give my little girls hand to her fiance soon to be her husband within minutes from that moment. While that walk seemed like miles and so many fond memories flashed before my eyes knowing in a minute or two my little girl will be married and start her own family as her Mom and I did twenty six years.

Who gives this woman to this man? I stood up with a lump in my throat, and said, "Her Mother and I." I knew from that second on my little girl's life was about to change and so was mine.

THE LAST WALK TOGETHER
THE LAST WALK TOGETHER | Source

WHAT WENT THROUGH MY MIND

You can't imagine what was going through my mind as I was getting closer and closer to the altar to give my little girl away. A thousand things were going through my mind and remembering flash backs of the younger years of my little girl and all the fun we had through the years, and here I am now giving her hand in marriage to the man she loves and adores.

I will treasure and remember every minute of the Wedding and the wonderful reception she put together. Seeing her face just light up, and that beautiful smile she had from ear to ear though out the entire day told me she was truly happy.

Her husband is a truly remarkable man and I know they are meant for each other. I can see the love in their eyes as they stared at each other saying their vows. I know in my heart that they are a match made in Heaven.

God Bless You Stefani and Brandon. May all your dreams come true in your married life.

A NIGHT TO TREASURE AND REMEMBER
A NIGHT TO TREASURE AND REMEMBER | Source

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Congratulations to the beautiful bride and groom and dad:) I can feel your pride for your daughter through your words.

Both are my daughters are married and at their weddings I refused to be the crying mother-of-the-bride and instead I laughed as much as possible. We have wonderful wedding memories as I'm sure you do also.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Sunshine Thanks you so much for your comment. We had a beautiful Wedding Day, weather included. I couldn't have asked for anything better. I am so proud of all my daughter's accomplishments and now happily married.


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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada

Mark, you and Linda have a beautiful daughter and your son -- he is handsome! Congratulations on Stefani's wedding and congratulations to you and your wife for tending to the growth of your daughter to become an independent young woman, a wife and future mom.

I can feel how proud you are of her; you should be proud of yourselves for raising a brilliant daughter. Afterall, our children reflect who we are through the examples and roles that we set before them.

May Stefani and Brandon share a lifetime of creating the most beautiful and cherished memories that they will reflect upon throughout their lives.

Much love! Peace and light.

Beth xox


klarawieck 4 years ago

Such a beautiful bride! Sounds like she was a great little girl, too. You must be proud, Mark. I wish the newlyweds much luck and many blessings!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Beth- Thank you so much Beth for this beautiful comment. It really means so much to Linda and I. Yes we both are so proud of her and all her accomplishments she has had in her life. The wedding was so beautiful Beth and the weather was just as beautiful. I couldn't of asked for a better day all around.

All our hard work to raise our children certainly has paid off. My children are just wonderful, loving, caring and so kind to all. Thank you again Beth for your kind words to us.

Much Love to you!!!

Markoxoxo


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Klara - Thank you Klara. Yes Stefani was and still is my pride and joy. What an angel she is. So kind, caring and giving to all with never expecting anything in return. I'll pass your words to the both of them and thank you for for your kind comment.

All our love :):)

Mark


Sueswan 4 years ago

Your story really touched my heart.

I wish the happy couple all the happiness in the world.

Voted up and away!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Sueswan- Thank you for reading and your kind comment. I will pass your kind words to the new Bride and Groom :)

Thank you for the Vote Up also!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Marky-I couldn't miss reading this one. Thanks for sharing. I love the photos-she is so gorgeous and radiantly happy-you can just see that joy beaming from her beautiful smile.

It is a joyous and touching celebration. Congratulations to you and Linda for raising a competent, responsible, and functioning adult...not an easy task in this day and age.

I loved the reminiscing of those 'little girl' moments that you recalled. :)

What song did Daddy's Little Girl pick for the two of you and dance together?

Take Care


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mark,

What I liked best about your beautiful story were the photographs of the proud Father of the Bride.

Thanks for sharing your reminiscences with us.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Congratulations! She is so beautiful and the photos are a great view of such a wonderful marriage ceremony. She will always be your little girl at heart!


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lyndre 4 years ago from Scotland

My daughter is getting married in september and I am looking forward to the proud moment of walking her down the aisle.

Having a similar background to yourself with alcoholism Mark I know a few years ago the worry would have been what dad will turn up? Will he spoil the reception? will he embarass me? etc etc.

But I know today my daughter will be as proud of me as I am of her.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

So touching! In every way - a tender story. Every girl wants to always have a special place in her daddy's heart.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

What a lovely Hub. Thank you for sharing your touching memories of and thoughts from the day. A lifetime of happiness to the newlyweds! Voted up and beautiful.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Denise- Thank you so much for reading and your kind words to me and my daughter.That really means so much. See You in the forum.

xoxoxoxoxxo

@ Daisy- Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed this Hub.

@teaches12345- Thanks for your comment and kind words. Yes so right Stefani will always be my little girl no matter what :)

@lyndre- Thank you for reading and Congrats on your daughter's Wedding in September. Congrats to you also for giving up the drink as I did. Many people had too much and drink, But for me I made my daughter proud and I too am so proud of her. It goes to show you that no one needs to be drunk to have a ball and lots of fun at things like wedding s etc. All the best to you and your daughters Wedding :)

@Marcy Goodfleisch I am glad you enjoyed and shared part of our precious day. I will always remember each moment of that day forever!!

@lindacee- thank you so much for your kind words. I will pass your words to the newlyweds. thank you for the Vote up also.

All the best to you :)


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Deeply touching and beautiful, Mark. Your daughter seems truly happy and I pray the rest of your days will be as happy as hers. Truly a handsome couple!!!

It seems with all your stuggles in the past, you did quite a few things right as well. :0) Praise be to God!!!

May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you and yours like a warm blanket - C.J. Sledgehammer

P.S. Voted up and away!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Mark,

I can feel your happiness and pride through your writing here and also your posts on Facebook. Stefani is beautiful and I wish her and Brandon the best. This was a different type of hub for you Mark and I love it. Through reading, I know a lot about your "back story" and I am thrilled you are at this place in your life truly enjoying every moment. Best wishes always,

Sharyn


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Sharyn - Thank you so much Sharyn for reading, comment and your kind words to me and my daughter. I am so happy and just thrilled that I beat my past demons. I am truly blessed and my life is wonderful. All of mine dreams have come true and now with my daughters wedding, it was beautiful and had more fun than those that were drinking. Thanks for being a true friend and I wish you a wonderful Memorial Day!!

I felt good to write about something a bit different than I usually do.:)

God Bless you Sharyn


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

CJ Sledgehammer- Sorry it has taken so long to reply to your comment , but thank you so much for you kind words.I loved what you said, "May the Lord wrap his loving arms around me." I truly believe that has happened and he has lead me to a new life of happiness and sobriety.

God Bless you and yours and thank you again :):)

Mark


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I was at a get together this past Friday with seven other friends to play cards. We were asked to bring whatever we are drinking. I brought a pitcher of lemonade. Cost me a buck. I did bring munchies too. But the point is everyone else was drinking alcohol. I personally had a blast with my friends and laughed a lot even though I lost a lil bit of money. I've never had a drinking problem because I took after Mom, not Dad. And that isn't always great either, i.e., enabling, codependency, etc. But I love the fact that I can let loose, have a great time and not feel like crap the next day.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Sharyn- I am so glad you had a wonderful time at the get together. My Mom or Dad did not drink, but my mom's cousin which would be my second cousin was an alcoholic. Not blaming him but it was in our family. I was just to weak to say no when my problems started at about 20 years old. No one forced the booze down my throat. It was my weakness, but no I am stronger than ever and want to help others understand there is a beautiful life out there living it sober.

Mark


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

What a beautiful story. Poor fathers. I was at a wedding a few months ago, and the father was actually hesitant about escorting his daughter to the alter to meet her groom. The wedding was beautiful, and the couple were the picture of love. Still, the father found the time to express his fatherly jitters to a few of us on the side after the wedding. I suppose that is normal.

Congratulations! This is a hub well done.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Levertis Steele- Thank you for your comment. I have to admit I was a bit nervous when walking my daughter down the Isle saying well Mark...This is it.... But I knew the man she was marring was a great man and the right person for my daughter to spend the rest of her life with.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I came here from your interview with marcoujor.

Congratulations! Your daughter is beautiful and the photos of the marriage ceremony are wonderful .

She will always be your little girl.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Rosemay- Thanks so much for reading my interview and commenting on it and this hub. Thank you for your kind words and it is very nice to meet you as well :):)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This is such a wonderful story about your daughter's wedding. God bless the newlyweds and may they have a great life together. Congrats also to the proud mom and dad. The photos are great. Remember no matter in her heart she'll remain your little girl.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Gypsy Rose Lee - I am so sorry for the long delay in my reply to your comment but thank you so much! Thanks for your kind words in your comment. I will pass it alone to the newlyweds. It was a great day and a day to always to remember. Yeah she just change her last name and i told that is great but I will always know you and my little girl and the last name "Bruno"


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

This is just so sweet and touching. It's obvious you make a great dad. Wish there were more like you!


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Fossillady- Thank you so much for reading and those kind words to me. You have made my day..Thank you :) have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Years !

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