Growing up with two fathers can be difficult and confusing for any little girl. Although it can also have its own unique advantages. When this woman’s wedding day came, she had to make the tough decision of choosing which one would give her hand away.
Would she pick her biological father or her stepdad? Both had been loving and equally important in her life. Picking one over the other broke her heart so bad. And although the two men didn’t get along they agreed to do whatever would make their daughter happy. On the wedding day, however, things took an unexpected turn that shocked everybody even the bride-to-be.
Will it be a good or bad experience? Read on to find out what happened. This Bride-to-Be Was About To Walk Down The Aisle When Her Dad Suddenly Did The Unexpected.
This is the story of Brittany Peck. It all started when she was just six years old and back in kindergarten. It was then that her parents divorced and she, along with her sister, ended up getting caught in the middle of a bitter custody battle between fighting families.
In fact, after the bitter battle, Brittany’s mom remarried. She was 11-years-old. But her dad, Todd Bachman refused to give up his beloved daughter to her stepfather, Todd Cendrosky.
11. Custody Battle
Truck driver Todd Bachman, Brittany’s biological father said to CBS Sunday Morning of the battle, “It was riddled with lawyers and courtrooms.” The custody battle left wounds on both parties that never really healed. It was a situation that would still cause upset and heartache leading up to 21-year-old Brittany Peck’s wedding day.
In an interview with People magazine in October 2015, Brittany shared, “Less than ten years ago, my dad and stepdad wouldn’t even look at each other. There was a long custody battle and it was bad. Really bad. It really hurt my sister and me.” Also the hate her dad felt for her stepfather was mutual.
“We did not get along,” Todd Cendrosky told CBS Sunday Morning, Brittany’s step dad. “We tolerated each other, that’s probably the best way to describe it.” Although it was a relationship that had mellowed a little over the years, the tensions started to rise again when Brittany had to make a tough choice on her wedding day.
It’s also ironic that both the father’s name was Todd and hated each other so much. Who do you think Brittany chose? It’s such a difficult situation to be in.
9. Tough Decision
Brittany Peck and his step dad had grown close over the years. She valued their relationship the same way she valued the relationship with her biological father. Even the groom asked both dads for permission to marry Brittany.
So the decision as to who will walk the bride-to-be down the aisle will be a very tough one.
“I knew I wanted both of them to walk me down the aisle,” Brittany told People “But I also knew how my dad felt. I mean, we’ve all been through so much together, like with the custody battle, it just didn’t seem possible.” The family’s past experience would definitely make everyone feel uncomfortable.
8. Torn Apart
With floods of tears, she called her biological father and told him she cannot make her final choice. Showing the artfulness of a loving father, he told her that all he wanted was for his daughter’s happiness to come first on what would be the biggest day of her life.
7. Perfect Wedding
In an interview with People, Brittany shared her heart to heart phone call with her biological father. “I said, ‘Dad, I really have to talk to you. You told me just last week that this is my wedding, I only get married once and it needs to be perfect.” Just as any loving father would do, he reassured her that everything would be just fine.
Brittany added, “I just said that I didn’t even mention why I was calling him, and he said, ‘Brittany, don’t you worry, I have it all planned, I wasn’t even going to tell you, but I know how upset you are and how much you want this. So I’m going to make it as special as possible.’” It was a promise from his father that he wouldn’t let her down.
6. Best Day Ever
Brittany’s biological father shared to Ohio newspaper The Chronicle-Telegram, “I told her I already had something planned. She was so torn, and the last thing I wanted was for her to be torn.” She had no idea what her father had in store until right before the ceremony took place.
It was then time for the happy couple to tie the knot at the home of the groom’s mom. As the guests gathered on that day, Brittany’s step dad took a seat by the altar with his mom Candy. Then the decorated golf cart Brittany and his biological father arrived at the venue, it stopped. Brittany and the rest of the guest had no idea what he was doing or about to do.
5. Confused Crowd
“He just stopped driving,” she told The Chronicle-Telegram. But wedding photographer Delia Blackburn knew something was going to happen, but didn’t know exactly what. “He told me, ‘I’m going to do something special. Be ready,’” she shared. And with Brittany still clueless about what was going to happen, his biological father got out of the golf cart.
Brittany was so confused as to why her father went up the aisle to where his step dad was seated. Then he pulled his arm and dragged the confused stepfather to his feet. The ceremony suddenly stopped and the guests didn’t know what to think as Bachman lead Cendrosky away.
4. Biological Father and Step Dad Unite
Cendrosky, the step dad told CBS Sunday Morning, “(Bachman) said, ‘You had just as much of a part in raising these kids as I did. You’re gonna come and help me walk our daughter down the aisle.’ And that’s when I lost it.” The heartfelt moment was beautifully captured by the photographer and shared on Facebook and liked more than a million times.
Then Bachman led Cendrosky back up the aisle to walk their daughter. It was naturally an emotional moment for Cendrosky but he wasn’t the only one touched by the gesture. The wedding photographer said, “Everybody was shocked, silent and crying. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Even I was crying.”
3. Dream Come True
Finally, Brittany and his two dads held arms, and the bride’s dream came true. Brittany had wanted both fathers to escort her down the aisle. On their daughter’s special day they were able to put their differences aside and make that happen. For Brittany and his stepdad, Bachman had made the wedding perfect.
It was such a perfect moment and the two fathers proved their love for their daughter especially Brittany’s biological father.
2. Fathers United
“I got weak at the knees and lost it,” Cendrosky told People. “I couldn’t have anything better in my life, the most impactful moment in my life. 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 Bachman’s gesture went far and beyond his and Brittany’s expectations. It was an unforgettable moment, especially for the whole family. Nothing could have topped this experience for Brittany.
1. Perfect Ending
“That really meant a lot to him,” Brittny told People magazine. She also said that, due to a medical condition, his stepdad may not be able to walk in the future. While talking to CBS Sunday Morning, Bachman praised Brittany’s stepdad. “If that individual accepts your children and treats them as his own, how can you not have respect for somebody like that?” he said.
Nothing unites people than love and forgiveness. Although the start was bitter and painful, the ending made up for all the pain and hurt both sides felt. It takes a big person to be humble.
What a beautiful story. We can all learn from this. Although it took a while for both parties to reconcile it came on just the right time. Brittany was one happy bride and the stepdad also had his wish came true.
It was probably tough for Todd Bachman to do something like this but as we can see, a father’s love conquers all. He did not only give his daughter the best wedding ever but healed all the hurt and pain once and for all.