The bride broke down in tears while trying on her wedding dress as she spotted her 'Something Blue.'
For a bride, her wedding day holds great sentimental value and every element carries a special place in her heart. To add to this magical moment, there are certain heartwarming traditions that many brides follow over the world. Among these, the “Something Blue” tradition which requires brides to have something blue at their wedding is among the favorites. Natalie Crockett Jimenez–who goes on TikTok by @natttcrock–shared a video of her “Something Blue” and it was the closest element to her heart. Her mom gave her one of the most heartfelt presents when she tried on her dress. Good Morning America (GMA) revealed that Natalie’s dad passed away in 2015 and when the bride was nearing her wedding day, she could painstakingly feel his absence.
Jimenez, 25, also revealed that when her dad passed away, her first thought as any daughter was that he wouldn’t be there for her big day. While the bride missed out on many moments with her father to cherish on her wedding day, she was brainstorming ideas to honor and remember her father. Some of these included a white balloon to represent his spirit, slideshows of her dad instead of a father-daughter dance and so on. However, the bride’s mom, Devona Crockett, had other plans and decided to attach the invaluable “Something Blue” tradition to Natalie’s dress on her wedding day.
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The tradition that represents fidelity, purity and love was just a perfect gesture to fill Natalie’s day, reminding her of her father’s presence and blessings. Devona etched the profound love, symbolizing the bond the father-daughter shared. While the bride was trying on her dress post alterations, she discovered something unusually wholesome. She found a blue heart underneath the layers of her gown. Confused as anyone would be, the bride looked at it further up close only to realize it was the most comforting thing ever. The heart stitched onto the dress was created out of Natalie’s dad’s blue t-shirt. But that was not all. There was also something written on the heart and upon pondering, the bride recognized the handwriting to be that of her father’s.
“She found his handwriting in my old yearbook and had it sewn into the fabric,” the bride mentioned in her video. The words read, “I love you Natalie, Daddy.” The bride teared up with mixed emotions, holding onto her heart and feeling immense love. “I’ve tried to find all these pieces of my dad just to hold on to and I didn’t even think of yearbooks,” Natalie said.
The mother had made great efforts to find the yearbook, get the handwriting digitized and a lot more in the process that resulted in something spectacularly wholesome. “I remembered exactly what his handwriting looked like, so as soon as I recognized it, obviously tears. I cried for 30 minutes after,” Natalie recalled. She also revealed that the reason the heart was kept underneath was to keep the sentiment more private and closer to her heart, only for the bride herself to ponder and embrace on her special day.
She felt the absence of her dad, Bruce Crockett, while planning her wedding with her now husband, Uriel Jimenez. “I was like, 'Oh, I'm really going to have to do this without him.' I was personally trying to find ways to incorporate my dad into my wedding, and I did that in several ways, but I never would have thought to do what my mom did for me, with the heart in my dress," she said. In her tribute to her dad, Jimenez carried a locket from her dad around her bridal bouquet to honor him with the heart on her dress, a white balloon and a slideshow of his photos at the reception.
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