The dream of many brides is to be walked down the aisle and given away by their father. Not all dreams come true, of course, but some are replaced with an unexpected twist that brings just as much heartfelt joy. Such was the case for Allyson Eischens.
There was one obvious choice …
Eischens had lost her dad more than ten years before she got married. When it was time to make the decision as to who would walk her down the aisle in her father’s absence, there was one obvious choice. A good friend of her father, a neighbor named Chris Roose, had stepped in as a father-figure after her dad died in 2002.
But getting Roose from Florida to Minnesota for the wedding didn’t look like it was going to happen. The June 3 wedding found Roose having to care for his wife who had shattered her ankle in an accident. He was also short of money, and even if Roose was in a better position, he would still have to overcome his fear of flying.
She decided to walk down the aisle of matrimony alone.
Eischens was disappointed but certainly understood. But rather than make another choice, she decided to walk down the aisle alone, accompanied only by the peace of knowing both her dad and Roose would be with her in spirit.
But weddings are a celebration of two, and the second half of this love-duo was not about to give up on trying to make a dream come true for his bride.
Her fiancé made a little magic…
Eischens’s fiancé Garrett made a secret plan that started with a text to Roose. He explained that his soon-to-be-wife had said the only person she wanted to be escorted by on that walk into her new life was him.
Roose’s wife convinced him he had to go.
“That’s when my wife looks at me and says, ‘Dude, you’re going.’ … It was like, ‘Nah, this isn’t happening, she isn’t walking down the aisle by herself,’” Roose told People.
She was stunned when he walked in.
Garrett secretly paid for Roose’s plane ticket and organized for him to fly up from Florida two days before the wedding.
A video clip shared by Garrett on the Facebook page “Love What Matters” captures Eischens’s emotional reaction when Roose walks into the hotel room where they are staying.
“I don’t think I could have felt more loved in that moment,” said Eischens to Huffington Post. “I was touched that my fiancé went out of his way to put this together and make sure Chris was there.”
By thinking about Eischens’s dad watching over him, according to People, Roose overcame his phobia and was glad he didn’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“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 told Huffington Post.