The bride in this video, Nicole Cortez, works as a sign language interpreter, although is not deaf herself. At her wedding reception, she was more than a little caught off guard when her father stood up before the entire crowd and gave the beautiful gift of a performance in sign language.
Cortez’s father has never had any reason to learn sign language previously, so she could barely believe her eyes when her dad started signing the lyrics to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
Cortez explained that her father devoted a whole year to making this moment a reality. Cortez’s engagement lasted for just a year, so her father started planning this surprise as soon as she had the ring on her finger! How did he manage to learn sign language in such a short time? Cortez explains in a comment on the YouTube video that he simply took to the Internet — no lessons, no coach, just the determination of a loving father.
It’s impossible not to feel how emotionally charged this moment is for everyone in the room as tears stream down Cortez’s face, eyes locked on her father. He could have easily given his daughter a run-of-the-mill gift, but instead he chose to give her a memory that she could carry with her for the rest of her life — a truly priceless gift.
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