On July 1, 2012, Jenny’s father passed away suddenly. When her boyfriend Matt proposed, she knew her father would never walk her down the aisle.
At first, Jenny decided to skip the traditional father-daughter dance. She didn’t know who to dance with or what song to play. Jenny and her dad loved listening to music together, so planning this part of the wedding was particularly difficult.
Weeks before the wedding, Jenny’s brother Jason told her she’d regret not having that dance. “He was right and I knew it, but I didn’t know what to do,” she told us. So, the family came up with a brilliant idea: Jenny should dance with the significant men in her life.
All she had to do was pick the men and the song, and Jason would plan the rest.
“I immediately knew who would be the perfect men… picking the song was the hard part. I didn’t want a song that my dad and I had a strong connection with because I knew I’d never make it through. I knew he loved The Beatles, but they were never a big part of our listening time. And honestly I think the song found me… the lyrics hit so significantly. It seemed to share the feeling of hope coming out of the mist and darkness and thick forest.”
In the video below, courtesy of Make It Pop Creations, watch as the beautiful bride dances to “Here Comes The Sun,” joined by the four men who have played important roles in her life. It’s truly something special.
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On July 1, 2012, Jenny's father passed away suddenly. When her boyfriend Matt proposed, she knew her father would never walk her down the aisle.
As her wedding day approached, Jenny knew she wanted to keep a piece of her dad close. She transferred a letter he had sent her for college graduation to a piece of his shirt -- then had it sewn to the inside of her wedding dress.
Weeks before the wedding, Jenny's brother Jason told her she'd regret not doing something to celebrate the traditional father-daughter dance. So, Jenny decided to dance to "Here Comes The Sun" by The Beatles, with the men who played an influential role in her life.
First up is Cleve Tidwell, who has known Jenny since she was four. Cleve and his family took Jenny in during her loneliest time and became a father figure. He also walked her down the aisle. "He is hilarious, compassionate, and full of joy. I also can't remember anyone hugging me any tighter than he did during that dance."
Next up is Bill Larkin, Jenny's step-dad. He and Jenny bonded while training for a 50K race two months before her dad died, and three months before her grandmother died. "He never overstepped into the dad role, just became a trusted friend and I love him for balancing what must have been a very very tough line."
Next in line is Uncle Woody, Jenny's brother and the person who married Jenny and Matt. He cried with her as they danced. "He has always been a significant male figure in my life and one that has shown me guys can be sensitive and macho all at the same time."
And last but not least is Jenny's brother, Jason. Together, Jenny and Jason coordinated every part of their father's funeral and the aftermath of what happens when someone dies. "As I type this part I'm tearing up. He is so significant. I think most siblings are, but for us it's even more. I love him so much and am grateful he put this dance together."
By setting up photos, trinkets, and keepsakes, Jenny made sure her father and grandmother were part of her big day. Her grandmother was a painter, so they had several of her paintings displayed throughout the space. "Neither death was expected and honestly we're all still figuring out what our new normal looks like after such significant loss."
Jenny says the lyrics to "Here Comes The Sun" describe the deep depths of grief -- but as the sun comes out, "It's Alright" even for just a moment. "You don't have to say so long or farewell to the ones you are grieving, but you can allow a small part of yourself to gradually feel hopeful again," she says.
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