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For many dads, walking their daughter down the aisle on their wedding day is a moment they wait for their entire lives. But what if you're the stepfather of the bride? That's the emotional crossroad Todd Cendrosky faced when his stepdaughter Brittany Pack was getting hitched. Cendrosky tells WKYC-TV, "Every time we tried on tuxes, or did some planning, it crossed my mind that I'd be sitting in the crowd, not walking her down the aisle."
But clearly Cendrosky wasn't the only one thinking similar thoughts. Pack's biological dad, Todd Bachman, also realized the significance of the moment when the little girl they both raised would be given away in marriage. So when it was his turn to walk down the aisle, Bachman warned the photographer that something special was about to happen and walked up to Cendrosky, grabbed his arm and asked him to walk their daughter down the aisle together.
You're probably misting up right about now, but just wait until you see the moving image of the actual moment.
According to Cendrosky, "He came and grabbed my hand, and said: 'You worked as hard as I have. You'll help us walk our daughter down the aisle.' I got weak in the knees and lost it. Nothing better in my life the most impactful moment in my life."
Bachman, who acknowledges that being part of a blended family hasn't always been easy, says the decision to share the spotlight was easy. "For me to thank him for all the years of helping raise OUR daughter wouldn't be enough. There is no better way to thank somebody than to assist me walking her down the aisle."
What a beautiful testament to blended families everywhere. While it's often a hard road to travel, this story proves what it's really all about in the end—the kids.