Emily and Tim were minutes away from exchanging their wedding vows. By mutual agreement, Emily wanted to share the traditional first look with her soon to be husband, instead with her father. The vendors and bridal party who secretly witnessed this tender moment were deeply moved. It was especially powerful because Emily’s mother Kathy is deceased. There was an empty chair in the front row with a picture of her mother. And, hanging from her bouquet was a delicate pendant locket which held a cherished image of her as well. Something about the character of the embrace between this father and daughter seemed to be laced with the cherished memories of their beloved mother and wife. And this was just the beginning of a day filled with the most wonderful spirit of love! Congratulations, Emily and Tim. May the gift of life and love received from your parents flourish in your married life.