Just like every couple, for Mikayla and Dakota, a young couple ready to take their relationship to the next level, they wanted their wedding day to be one of happiest days of their lives.
As October 14 drew closer, they looked forward to a beautiful day with family and friends, but there was a surprise in store. Even after planning their special day down to the most exquisite detail, they still managed to get one massive surprise when the time finally arrived.
Like every bride-to-be, Mikayla had always wanted her father to walk her down the aisle and dance that famous father-daughter dance with. But that was not to be.
You see, Mikayla’s father David had been killed in the line of duty ten years before she was to marry the love of her life. On that fateful day that would change everyone’s lives forever, the Marine veteran and probation officer had been attempting to apprehend a young male in the crowds of the city streets. When the suspect ran away for reasons that are unknown to this day, Mikayla’s father pursued him all the way to the Ohio River.
The suspect jumped a massive bank of 10 to 15 feet in height and leaped into the river’s waters below. Intent on catching the suspect, David jumped straight into the water after the suspect. He was never seen alive again. Sadly, his body was recovered from the river the next day, and Mikayla lost her father.
Of course, even though her father couldn’t be at her wedding, Mikayla wanted to pay tribute to him in her own, unique ways. So she planned for her wedding bouquet to be wrapped in burlap.
It also contained a medallion she had had specially made for the day, and bearing the words: “Walk with me today, Daddy.” But Mikayla couldn’t guess that her father would make an “appearance” at her wedding in a very surprising way.
The day arrives
On the day of their wedding, Mikayla and Dakota couldn’t have been blessed with a more beautiful day. The sun was shining, and the couple couldn’t wait to tie the knot and live happily ever after.
The one thing that Mikayla regretted on this day of love was that her beloved father couldn’t share it with her. But she couldn’t have guessed that a few secret wedding invitations had been sent out without her knowledge that would lead to an extraordinary moment.
We all know that one of the most touching traditions at a wedding is the father-daughter dance, but that moment was not to be for Mikayla. Or was it? When the time came for the dance, an officer asked her to dance.
Then another one stepped in until a whole line of officers in uniform stepped to her side for this very special moment. They had planned for this moment for ages, hoping to make her dream come just that little bit closer. When she realized what was happening, Mikayla burst into tears of joy.