It’s traditional for the father of the bride to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, but not every bride is lucky enough to have that escort. Just days before her big day, Allyson Eischens didn’t know who would be taking the place of her late father. However, her fiancé secretly arranged for someone very special to fill in resulting in one heartwarming surprise.
Allyson Eischens lost her father 12 years ago and always knew that the only person she’d want to walk her down the aisle was his longtime best friend, Chris Roose. Unfortunately, Roose told Allyson he couldn’t make it due to his wife being bedridden with a fractured ankle, for financial reasons, and his fear of flying. However, Eischens’ fiancé, Garrett Eischens, wasn’t ready to take no for an answer.
Garrett contacted Roose and explained to him how he was the only person Allyson wanted to walk her down the aisle, which was enough to convince him that this is one duty he had to see through. Garrett organized for Roose to come to Allyson’s hotel room to surprise her and recorded the emotional moment on video.
The footage shows Allyson with her eyes closed awaiting a surprise until she hears Roose’s voice, which she instantly recognizes. “Hey, I heard someone needs to be given away,” Roose says before hugging the bride-to-be and assuring her. “I wouldn’t miss this for the world. I love you, kiddo.”
“I don’t think I could have felt more loved in that moment,” Allyson recalled to Huffington Post about the surprise. “I was touched my fiancé went out of his way to put this together and make sure Chris was there.”
Garrett Eischens shared the footage of the surprise on Facebook where it quickly won over the Internet. Since being uploaded only a few weeks ago, the video has been viewed over 380,000 times and over 1,000 people have commented with their reactions.
“All I can say is that I was honored and humbled to be asked to be there and I am proud to have stood in for Allyson’s father,” Roose said.