A father making a speech on his daughter's wedding day is one of the most important parts of the whole ceremony. It's a time for a dad to acknowledge that the little girl he raised has grown up and is starting her own life with someone special, and for him to let her know that, no matter how the marriage goes, he will always love her and be there for her.
But this week, a very different kind of wedding gesture has gone viral on social media, for the best possible reason. The video shows a dad giving signing a song for his emotional daughter, who is deaf, at her wedding in front of a crowd of onlookers.Watch the heartwarming video of the father's gesture below:
The video shows the man surprising the bride with a tear-jerking rendition of the song I Loved Her First by Heartland, through the medium of sign language.
The bride in question is Ali Kiman, and she tied the knot with Mitch Kiman in Ashland in Kentuck last week, and that's when her father, Al Jones, surprised everyone.
Always Hope Creative captured the special moment when Al began his speech and proceeded to perform the song in a way that his daughter could appreciate.
During the video, Al tells the audience via sign language that Ali was involved in a serious car accident when she was younger. As a result of the injuries she sustained, Ali had to have her jaw wired shut, and was only able to communicate through non-verbal means. Eventually, she began signing to her family, but they didn't understand her, which forced her to rely on a whiteboard to talk.
But now it seems as though her father is fluent and the two can communicate again. What a heartwarming video!