Bride Signs Lyrics to Father-Daughter Dance Song for Deaf Dad: 'He Just Looked Like He Was in Awe'
"I showed my dad that i was proud of him and my CODA background, even though he knew all along," new bride Julie Finkel said.
The most emotional part of any wedding may be the father-daughter dance, but one bride's show of support was so poignant that it brought her proud dad to tears.
Julie Finkel decided to sign the lyrics to the song she chose for the father-daughter dance so her dad, who was born deaf, would be able to hear it too.
Signing has always been a part of Ohio native Julie Finkel's life.
"I think I was signing before I was talking," the new bride told InsideEdition.com. "When I am at a loss for words in English, I know exactly what to sign. I even dream in sign language sometimes."
Both her parents were born deaf after their mothers contracted Rubella Measles in a 1964 outbreak while they were pregnant.
As a result, Finkel said her parents and friends in their generation often feel left out at events where there's no sign language interpreter. But, she was determined to make sure they didn't feel this way at their daughter's wedding.
"I wanted my parents to feel like they were truly a part of everything," she said.
She hired their favorite interpreter for the ceremony, and when it came to the father-daughter dance, she decided it would be up to her to make sure her parents didn't miss a single part of it.
The couple chose the song 'My Wish' by the Rascal Flatts, and to make sure her father would appreciate the moment as much as her husband Rob Norton and his mom — who did their mother-son dance simultaneously — she recorded herself signing the lyrics, and projected the video during the dance.
She can be seen in the wedding video by Agape leading her unsuspecting dad onto the dance floor. Suddenly, when the singing began, Finkel's prerecorded video appears on the projector, and her dad watches in awe as his daughter signs the words to him.
"He looked absolutely shocked," Finkel said. "He was grinning so much, and he just looked like he was in awe. At the end of the song, he couldn't keep it in anymore and he was crying."
Finkel also added that the moment was important to her as well: "I showed my dad that i was proud of him and my CODA background, even though he knew all along."
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