Monday, September 15, 2014

Our whole family of twenty-two!

Beautiful, artistic pictures of my daughter’s wedding HERE

I knew I would cry and I did. My daughter loved it and laughed at me affectionately. When I walked her down the isle it was a bit surreal. My grandson Josh played the piano and all my kids were there in their fine wedding clothes watching me walk my gorgeous daughter up to give her hand to Sean.

But first I stepped over to him and said, “Are you going to take good care of my daughter?” He said, “Yes sir, I am!” and I put her hand in his. Seven years ago I had told him I’d break his knees if he ever touched my daughter in the wrong way before marriage. They kept their pledge and I gladly gave him my daughter’s hand.

The happy couple Emily and Sean Regan

Fr. Ed Fride gave an impassioned and moving homily on the gift of God in the Sacrament of Matrimony and the importance of making Jesus Christ the center of the relationship. Even our Evangelical friends and family seemed moved by his touching homily.

At the reception I gave a talk about my daughter and Sean. I explained our family rules of no dating until 18 years of age and how these two were so willing to obey and do everything right. My pride and joy was obvious according to some who commented. Many said it was one of the most beautiful, emotional and elegant weddings they’d ever attended.

Here is a video of me dancing with Emily. I argued with myself if I should upload it and I decided to do it even though you see me at one of my most emotional and even goofiest moments. But at least that girl knows she is loved by her father. We danced to a song called “I Loved Her First” which was a real tear-jerker for a dad who loves his beautiful girl.