Bride's touching 'something blue' tribute to her father makes him break down into tears

Morgan Gompf used her father's blue flannel shirt for her "something blue."

March 31, 2018, 12:48 PM
PHOTO: Rick, who asked ABC News not to use his last name, was pictured holding back tears while looking at his daughter Morgan Gompf on her wedding day, June 25, 2016.
Rick, who asked ABC News not to use his last name, was pictured holding back tears while looking at his daughter Morgan Gompf on her wedding day, June 25, 2016.
Erika Brooke Photography

An Ohio bride surprised her dad on her wedding day by paying tribute to their special relationship.

Before Morgan Gompf walked down the aisle to her now-husband, Greg, on June 25, 2016, in front of 250 guests, she took a moment to greet her father.

"I knew I always needed a moment with him before the wedding," the bride told ABC News.

PHOTO: Morgan Gompf with her father Rick, who asked ABC News not to use his last name, on Gompf's wedding day, June 25, 2016.
Morgan Gompf with her father Rick, who asked ABC News not to use his last name, on Gompf's wedding day, June 25, 2016.
Erika Brooke Photography

What Rick, who asked ABC News not to use his last name, didn't know was that his youngest daughter had a surprise for him.

Gompf, 26, had taken Rick's blue and black flannel shirt and had it stitched on the inside of her wedding dress. The touching "something blue" that Gompf wore made Rick, 60, break down into tears, which was captured in photos that recently went viral.

PHOTO: Bride Morgan Gompf shows off her "something blue," which was her dad's flannel shirt on her wedding day, June 25, 2016.
Bride Morgan Gompf shows off her "something blue," which was her dad's flannel shirt on her wedding day, June 25, 2016.
Erika Brooke Photography

"Growing up on the farm, he always just threw on a flannel before we would go outside to do chores," Gompf explained, "and he had a flannel [shirt] that he always wore, which was blue and black checkered."

Her father still loves farming, and currently has livestock, horses, cattle and "every farm animal under the sun" on his current farm in Central Ohio.

Photographer Erika Brooke, who took the photos, told ABC News she loves the father-daughter moments at weddings because "a lot of the time, it gets overlooked or downplayed, but it’s always been my favorite moments of the whole day."

PHOTO: Rick, who asked ABC News not to use his last name, is holding back tears while looking at his daughter Morgan Gompf on her wedding day, June 25, 2016.
Rick, who asked ABC News not to use his last name, is holding back tears while looking at his daughter Morgan Gompf on her wedding day, June 25, 2016.
Erika Brooke Photography

Brooke, who's been professionally shooting weddings for six years, said she didn't know what to expect when Gompf went outside on the venue's back porch to greet her father for the first time.

"I hope for the emotion that they gave me, but ... it was just immediate tears for me," she recalled. "Because I remember that moment with my dad, with my dad giving me away."

PHOTO: Morgan Gompf and her father Rick, who asked ABC News not to use his last name, on Gompf's wedding day, June 25, 2016.
Morgan Gompf and her father Rick, who asked ABC News not to use his last name, on Gompf's wedding day, June 25, 2016.
Erika Brooke Photography

The bride added that her father had no idea she had used the moment to honor him.

"When I showed it to him, it was pretty emotional for him and for me," she recalled of her touching surprise. "We realized -- without it being spoken -- how important our relationship was as a father-daughter relationship."

Gompf, who credits Rick with her love of the outdoors and farming, added that she and her dad are "probably best buddies in every sense."

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