Bride's wedding dance with terminally ill father goes viral

we love 08/01/2019

New bride Mary had the wedding day of her dreams. She married a lovely man and got to have her dad there at her wedding with her. 

When she was a little girl, her father and her used to dance around the living room to "I Hope You Dance,” Lee Ann Womack’s hit from 2000. It was “their song,” and they planned to dance to it at her wedding reception one day.

While the dance wasn’t exactly what they pictured with Jim in a wheelchair, it was a moment no one who attended Mary’s wedding will ever forget.

In 2017, Mary's father was diagnosed with a fast-growing, incurable brain tumour that saw him start hospice care pretty immediately. He wasn't sure he would be able to ever be at his daughters wedding to walk her down the aisle and to be there for her first dance.

But he and his daughter were both determined that they would have their dance.

Holding her hand from his wheelchair, Jim proudly walked his daughter down the aisle. After the wedding, Jim had to go to his room at The Grand Hotel to rest as the reception began. When he felt well enough, he arrived at the ballroom for their father-daughter dance.

Mary, who is a dancer, took her father’s hands. Their song began to play. Smiling and looking into her father’s eyes, she gracefully swayed their arms together, twirling herself around his wheelchair. As she pushed him around the dance floor, he wiped away tears.