When brides and grooms dance their last dance with their mothers and fathers, it’s always more than a dance.
It’s a marker. It represents the bride and the groom have left the life they shared with their parents to embark on their new life they’ll now share with their partner. They now start the new family they have established that day.
This may seem silly given many couples have left their parent’s nest years before the wedding day, establishing their independence, establishing their new lives.
Yet the acknowledgement of this comes full force, at the moment they’ll hold hands to dance this dance.
We are always our parents’ children. And though we never truly “leave” them, we come to this stage of life where we both let go – and move on.
And so, this dance is more than a dance. It’s a way for us – and them – to say goodbye.
**G.E. Masana (portrait artist and Huffington Post contributer) As Seen In HUFFINGTON POST | MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS | THE KNOT | NEW YORK MAGAZINE | BRIDAL GUIDE | BRIDES | STYLE ME PRETTY | ELEGANT BRIDE | GRACE ORMONDE | WELLWED | TOWN&COUNTRY **