Just The Two Of Us: 8 Silly, Sweet Stories Of Brides & Their Dads

In honor of Father’s Day, we asked some of our favorite Stone Fox Brides to wax rhapsodic about their dads. Some spilled on the silly traits their share, or the Stones' song that always gets them dancing; some of the stories are just tear-jerking sweet. Each bride's tale, plus her favorite photo walking down the aisle on her father's arm, is just ahead.
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Jessica Thompson
Married January 2013 at the Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas

“As a kid, I always felt like I had some kind of magical connection to my dad — like I could read him better than anyone else. I used to go to the electronics store with him all the time, and when I was eight, I distinctly remember standing in front of a giant TV at a Best Buy in the shopping mall and falling in love with Stevie Nicks as she sang "Landslide." I had to know who she was, and I decided that Landslide was our song. I always knew I would somehow incorporate it into my wedding! So, I asked one of my dearest friends to sing Landslide as my dad and I walked down the aisle. I was so nervous because I hate being the center of attention, and as I was getting ready to walk down the aisle, he honestly was the only person I wanted to see. He talked me out of whatever anxiety was spinning around in my mind, like he's done for me for most of my life, and we walked. At the risk of sounding cheesy, even thinking about it makes me tear up. I feel truly lucky to have a dad who's my friend, who knows me inside and out, and who I feel very deeply connected to.”
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Molly Fishkin
Married June 2014 at Paramour Mansion, Silver Lake, California

“My dad is my best friend. My whole life, I dreamed of him walking me down the aisle. He was and is the perfect dad; he calms me and always makes me feel like I am the most important girl in the world. Moments before walking down the aisle with him, I looked at him and saw how nervous he was, and that just solidified his love for me and made me so ready for me to link his arm and have him walk me to my husband. I love my husband, Asher, more than words, but my dad knows he will always be my number one.”
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Courtney Somer
Married August 2009 at a log cabin in Woodstock, New York

“I'm the youngest of four girls, way younger then my sisters (as in, not planned). The joke is that I'm ‘the bottle of wine gone wrong.' As a result of living with all of these women (including a female dog), my father is a total saint with patience and humor, and knowing that runs very deep. The location of our wedding was a full-circle moment for us. His parents had owned a small log cabin in Woodstock since the '70s, and he grew up taking trips to the country from Queens, as did I. So, when [my husband and I] married at our house upstate nearby, it was a real connection for him and my family. Right before walking down the aisle, I was really nervous. I was walking in gold wedges to our ceremony in the middle of the woods and had to go down a hill, over bumpy ground and had this horrible feeling I'd trip. When I came up to the top of the hill and saw everyone I knew waiting there, watching for us to come down, my heart was skipping with nerves. I remember saying, I really hope I don't fall, and he just held my arm tighter and said, 'You won't. Enjoy this.' And, he was right. That day and always, he has been my reminder to have fun with it all — and my rock to fall back on whenever I need to.”

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Kristin Prather
Married May 2014 at Recoleta Ranch, Edgefield, South Carolina

“I know everyone always says this, but my dad is seriously the best dad ever. He taught me how to fish, how to drive, how to cuss (much to my Episcopalian-priest-mother’s disapproving amusement), and how to generally rein in my psychotic childhood tendency to run full-speed everywhere. He is my fiercest protector and my biggest supporter. Right before we walked down the aisle, I told my dad that he would always be the first man I ever loved, and the standard to which I have held every guy. He did an awesome job keeping his shit together as we walked down the aisle, which definitely helped me keep mine. Granted, my husband was so nervous for the hand-off at the altar, but all that fear disappeared when my dad’s foot got tangled in my veil and he nearly fell! Dad recovered beautifully, like the gentleman he is. My dad is the most generous person I know, which extends to both giving me the wedding of my dreams as well as welcoming Grant into our family as his own — quite a feat for a man who used to make me repeat, in front of my dates, 'No drinking, no drugs, no sex' three times before I could leave the house. He is a just a badass (his nickname is Hunk), and I am the luckiest to have him as my dad.”
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Molly Guy
Married October 2010 at The Metropolitan Building, Long Island City, New York

“My dad and I have been to hell and back. When I was a kid, we spent every Saturday afternoon together. We’d go to the junkyard, the hardware store, and the soda pop factory. Every year on his birthday, we’d go to the zoo, then out for pizza and root beer. He’d take me to the museum, play catch with me on the stoop, and help me put together my science fair projects. But, when I became a teen, we grew apart. All I cared about was cigarettes, clothes, Jerry Garcia, and boys. I think he was like, 'What happened to my cute, little daughter and who is this lazy, pot-smoke-smelling jerk impostor hitting me up for allowance money and rides to school?' There were years when we barely talked. When I was in my late-twenties, we had a huge falling out, which turned out to be a blessing, because we were able to rebuild our relationship from scratch, and now it’s better than ever. He is the most kind, mellow, thoughtful, hilarious, hardworking soul ever. We share a love for capers, smoked fish, John Steinbeck, road trips, black-and-white photography, Bob Marley, and more. All I remember about our stroll down the aisle is that it was super sweet and tender. The guitarist played "Into The Mystic" by Van Morrison; we both cried.”

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Alison Taffel
Married June 2013 at Summerour Studio, Atlanta, Georgia

“My Dad was more nervous than I was — almost paralyzed with pride. He was shaking with happiness, and maybe a little sadness that my mom — who passed away four years before — wasn't able to be there for such an important day in both our lives. I held his shaky, sweaty hand tight as we listened to Explosions In The Sky's "Your Hand In Mine." The wedding procession began, and everyone started walking down the aisle in front of us. It all happened so quickly. Right before we made our appearance at the back of the room, the horns from The Beatles' "All You Need is Love" rang and all of the guests laughed with great joy, stood up and turned around to see both of us standing there. We took in that moment, and then I had to lead him down the aisle. I think he was just so proud of his little girl, of this moment, and was having an out-of-body experience. As we walked down and saw all the smiling faces, he grasped on tighter not wanting to let go. Eventually, my husband Marc had to whisper, 'I've got her. It's okay,' and he smiled and took his place under the chuppah as I circled Marc seven times for the beginning of the ceremony.”
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Sara Spieker
Married May 2013 at The River Cafe, Dumbo, New York

“My Dad rarely calls me by my first name, it's just 'Boo.' We connect on an innate level and have a lot of similar personality traits — same sense of humor, we love tradition, we are both creatures of habit, very loyal, and have a quirky sense of how we organize our lives. I also got my entrepreneurial spirit from him; he really inspires me. I'm originally from San Francisco, and when I made the move away from home to London and then NYC (for my future husband), my dad was a bit heartbroken. When he entered my bridal suite to see me for the first time, I made sure that "Under My Thumb" by the Rolling Stones was blasting. It's our favorite song, and we've had quite a few festive moments dancing to it. As we approached our big moment walking down the aisle, my dad was nervous. He kept saying over and over how much he loved me, was proud of me and that he has been waiting for this moment since I was born. It was just as much his moment as it was mine. I had to remind him to walk slowly a few times. We walked down to "Re: Stacks" by Bon Iver. Exactly as we turned the corner and saw my friends and family, the loud East River Ferry horn went off, which made the moment even more grand and special. Our one-minute walk together was just perfect, and I felt the love the entire way to the moment my dad took my hand and placed it in Steffen’s.”

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Kristin Burns
Married September 2013 in East Hampton, New York

“As a clinical psychologist by day and garage rock-band musician by night, my father inspired me to work hard and play hard. Whether writing silly songs at home, flying a kite in the park, or driving across country in a blue school bus, there was always a sense of wonder, adventure, and silliness in our family. It was that same sense of adventure that motivated me to find a long dock to trespass in East Hampton, so we could have our impromptu shotgun wedding. After reminding me that he’s always there for me, he offered his steady arm and guided me down the long, windy pier past our teary, smiley family and life-size cardboard cutouts of our animals. It filled my heart with joy and excitement; it was such a spiritual moment — and made me feel like I was ready to go to a new dimension in my relationship. Now, I can’t wait to watch my dad play music and tell wacky stories to my newborn daughter.”
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