A wedding is a celebration of love, commitment, and union. It also happens to be one of the most-awaited milestones in every relationship. And every celebration is twice as sweeter when shared with family, friends, and loved ones.
One part of the wedding ceremony is the sentimental last dance of the bride with her father. It is the monumental moment in which the father and daughter reminisce all of the memories they have shared together. Unfortunately, not all brides are blessed to savor a moment such as this, especially when their father is already in heaven.
The same is the case of Kaley West Young, a blushing bride from Utah. Since her father has already passed away, Kaley already accepted that she won’t be able to dance with her father during her most special day.
However, unbeknownst to the blushing bride, her thoughtful brothers wouldn’t want to let her special day pass by without experiencing a father-and-daughter dance.
Hence, Kaley was overwhelmed when one of her brothers surprised her with Michael Bolton’s ‘Fathers and Daughters.’ One by one, her brothers took her by the hand and swayed her with the sentimental song.
Kaley’s five older brothers namely, Kevin, Dustin, Danny, Derek, and Kasey took turns dancing with her along with the emotional music filling the air. While the emotional bride was dancing with her thoughtful brothers, a recorded voice of her father played in the background, making the moment even more tear-jerking.
“Hi Kaley! My name is Dave West and I’m Kaylie’s dad. And I love her very much, 1,800 times worth.” A voice record of David Jean West, Kaylie’s father who died last March 2015, was heard.
“I was completely in shock. I know people joke about having an out-of-body experience but that is what it truly was being in the middle of the ballroom and surrounded by my family, and my husband’s family, and our friends and people we care about with my brothers stepping up,” Kaley shared what she felt in an interview. “It was an incredible moment.”
Days after the memorable and heartwarming video of Kaley dancing with her brothers during her wedding was uploaded on social media, Andy Young, the songwriter and award-winning vocalist who sang ‘Fathers and Daughters’ reached out to their family.
What made the moment even more cherished by Kaley and her husband, Andy Young, was the songwriter and award-winning vocalist sending his warmest wishes to her and her brothers via social media.
In one of his tweets, Michael Bolton uploaded a link of Kaley’s wedding video along with the caption that reads:
“I’m humbled and honored that the west brothers choose my song #FathersandDaughters to dance with their sister Kalyee at her wedding. their video brought me to tears.”
The award-winning songwriter and singer also expressed his gratitude for Kaylee’s brothers for choosing his music for the special tribute they have made.
Meanwhile, Kaley could still not believe that they caught Michael Bolton’s attention and touched his heart.
“That blew me away… I was in complete disbelief that he saw (the video), and it’s very touching for him to even respond. It was very kind of him and it made that moment even more special.” Kaylee said.
According to Kaley’s older brother, Kevin West, his dad was Kaley’s role model and that inspired them to make sure that their father’s presence would still be felt in the most special day of Kaley’s life.
“A few months back, we told Kaley we had a surprise for her and that we were working on something but we kept it a surprise the entire time,” Kevin explained.
“We searched tons of songs, and Bolton’s song just appeared. My dad was a crazy home video guy, and we knew we had something golden there, so we watched all those home videos and took those sound bites directed to Kaley and incorporated those into the song. It worked out perfect.”
For Kaley, the special tribute her brothers prepared for her is something her heart is very grateful for.
“This video isn’t about me or my family; it’s about the most important thing in life which is our loved ones,” Kaley said, expressing how much the sentimental tribute means to her. “Every single person experiences loss, or will experience loss, in those moments can be deep sorrow and despair.
However, I want it to be a reminder that you are never alone. Love transcends beyond the physical body and whoever is going through a great loss, no matter what it may be, you are never alone and you are loved.”
True to Kaley’s words, losing someone that means the world to you will shatter your heart into million pieces. Moving on is not an easy process. But time heals all wound- especially when you are surrounded with people who support you throughout your recovery.
Watch the sentimental video below that would definitely make you cry good tears! Hopefully, everyone can be as blessed as Kaley, whose brothers did not let her feel the absence of their beloved father on the most special day of her life!