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Wedding Gift

Posted September 20, 2010

What was your favorite wedding gift? What made it different, meaningful and memorable? Please share your stories.

I wanted to do something special for my daughter's wedding so I decided to write a song. I thought about putting words to the song but then I thought of how emotional I would be trying to sing the words. So, I opted for an instrumental tune called Lauren Marie. If I wasn't going to write words, I thought, at least I could stitch together some photographs to chronicle her life.

Today I would like to share my slide show with you. The song is part of my new Simple Beauty album. I hope you like this melody. It really comes from the heart.

 Wedding Gift

I also wanted to share a few pictures of the bride and groom. Special thanks to Curtis Brown Photography of Raleigh for allowing us to publish these photographs. Thanks to months of planning and hard work, especially by Lauren and my wife Cindy, the wedding went off without a hitch. Well, we did have a little candle glitch but it was nothing this former acolyte couldn't handle.

The day of the wedding Lauren gave Cindy and me separate letters describing her love for each of us. I cried like a baby reading her beautiful words. The nice thing about this was I got the heavy emotional stuff out of my system before the wedding so I could concentrate on smiling and giving the bride away to her wonderful husband Luke Wolf.

Lauren's letter is the best wedding gift I can think of for a parent. I will cherish it for the rest of my life.


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  • Barf-olomew Sep 23, 2010

    I shouldn't have watched this at work. Now everyone around me thinks that something is wrong... big, fat tears pooling in my eyes. As a father of 2 little girls, watching the video countdown to its end, and your daughter aging gracefully through the years, makes me realize how fast time really does fly. Congrats to your family! (Now which of my co-workers can I steal some kleenex?)

  • saywhaaaaat Sep 22, 2010

    awwww that is soooo adorable........

  • Brick CIty Girl Sep 22, 2010

    Bill - you have given Lauren what every girl needs most - a Dad who truly loves and values her. Those of us who are blessed with Terrific Dads know we are better and stronger because of that love, and value it more than words can say.

  • nccitizen Sep 22, 2010

    Bill, Congratulations to you and Cindy and my heartfelt wish for a long and happy marriage to Lauren and Luke. As an ex-neighbor, I have watched Lauren grow and blossem. I know the closeness your family shares and know that this moment was and always will be special to you and Cindy. One much wiser once said, Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take, but by the things that take our breath away. I know that Lauren's wedding was one of those things for you and CIndy.
    Gary L.

  • grandmmd Sep 22, 2010

    Beautifully done I might say. You have a beautiful family Bill. You know once your finished with the weather you might like to go and join the panel of judges of American Idol.

  • wralgolo Sep 22, 2010

    Bill, thanks for sharing. May I also suggest this song:

  • dkevjones Sep 21, 2010

    Thanks for sharing the awesome slideshow along with the beautiful instrumental tune as well as the beautiful bridal photographs! Even when Lauren was in 6th grade, as I graded her work, she was a talented writer and student! So, I know your letters were awesome! What a wonderful gift for you to cherish forever! Please tell Lauren, the beautiful bride, congratulations from Mrs. Jones her 6th grade Language Arts teacher.

  • debbiec729 Sep 21, 2010

    Bill, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful daughter and amazing musical talent with us. "Lauren Marie" the perfect song to be included in your new album Simple Beauty. That so describes Lauren to me. She is so naturally beautiful inside and out. I understand the pride you and Cindy must have for her. Congratulations to you all and my very best wishes to Lauren and Luke!

  • sheablue22 Sep 21, 2010

    She has your smile, Bill. What a beautiful bride!

  • pkduke Sep 21, 2010

    Congrats to Lauren & Luke !! What a beautiful couple they truly
    make. Dad also made some beautiful music - thanks for sharing.
    We love WRAL !! Happy Fall as well !




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