Brodie Homestead Wedding: Ashley & Ryan!

Having just finished their first dance as husband and wife, complete with the romantic dip at the end, Ashley requested the microphone and looked out at all the people gathered around her and Ryan.  She then explained that since her father had passed away years ago, in place of a father-daughter dance, she wanted to dedicate a dance to her mom.  Ashley spoke of the strength and dedication her mom had shown while raising her three daughters and then of the song, Rise, by Andra Day, that she'd heard at ACL just a few weeks before.  As they danced and the music swelled, I don't think that anyone even tried to hold back tears, myself included.  I looked over at Ryan, as he stood arm in arm with his family and couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of love.  It's so much bigger than a wedding, yet so few times in life allow us the space to pay tribute to that love in the way it deserves, and for that, I'll always thankful for weddings.