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So, it is time for that awkward moment where I apologize for letting you in on my travels. The last update that I gave you guys was in Rome and Naples in Italy. Sadly, I did not tell you about the rest of my wayfaring in Italy. Yeah, I realize that it was a long time ago, but life has gotten is the way. I have more travels to tell you about later as well. For now, I will get back to my time in Italy with our next stop in Pompeii.

From Naples, we took a train ride south to the scorching city of ancient Pompeii. I studied Classics while I attended UCLA. I actually was on an archaeological dig in Greece through UCLA just before this excursion in Italy. As you may have guessed,Pompeii had been high on my travel list for quite some time.

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My poor boyfriend, who was less interested in history and ruins and more interested in balmy museums and gelato, endured several laborious hours of roving ancient streets as I admired wagon wheel ruts, water fountains and graffiti.

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We entered through the sea port (porta marina) at the southwest portion of the park.

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We stopped briefly by Suburban Baths (terme suburbane).

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Unfortunately, visitors are not allowed in this area, so we could only admire from afar. Then we walked up the Via Marina.

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The less than well-preserved temple of Venus (tiempo di Venere) on the road did not attract many spectators.

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I was attracted more to the commonplace civil engineering elements, such as drainage ditches, crosswalk stones and lego-like building blocks.

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I also loved the architectural aspects of the shops and home that owners added to differentiate themselves from others.

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This shopkeeper’s store on the Via Marina stood out from the other buildings due to its remaining address marker.

Just down the street from this shop is the impressive temple of Apollo. It is has the peripteros layout with a colonnade surrounding the courtyard.

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The colonnaded cella sits on a high podium creating a peristasis. Sitting on a podium, the temple was designed to invoke awe in the onlooker and it does just that. Columns of the outer colonnade of the courtyard and of the cella are still standing. The altar in the courtyard is still in good condition.

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You cannot get to the temple, but you can access the outer colonnade It is one of the few areas in Pompeii still standing where you can walk the roofed structure. Ambling through the colonnade gives you many perspectives of the beautiful temple while also giving you some much-needed shade.

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It is beautiful looking at the temple from the perspective of the bronze statues and water basins lining the colonnade.

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Walking further up the street, we reached the eminent forum. Public meeting places have longtime been my favorite spots to see.

I love forums, agoras and tavernas – places of mundane everyday life for cross-sections of population. These are the places where I feel the magic of the ancient world when I have the dirt beneath my feet.

To the south is the basilica. It is the oldest building in Pompeii and the oldest known basilica of the ancient world.

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It is actually pre-Roman built between 120 – 78 BC. It was modeled on the Greek stoa. Vitruvius’ De Architectura discusses many of the principles of the basicilia’s architecture.

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The basilica was used for commerce and as a court for a tribunal. The main entrance is on the short side facing the forum with the remnants of Ionic and Corinthian columns facing the onlooker.

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The basilica was closed to visitors the day that I happened to go, so I did not get to admire the standing facade close up. The remains of the symmetrical grid of columns gives a beautiful view to admire the grandeur of what it must have been.

To the south are the three halls comprising the less enthralling municipal offices. This area of bureaucracy has always required effort to keep my attention. With other more impressive things surrounding me, it was difficult to hold my attention.

Near it was an impressive arch of Drusus built with characteristic thin Roman bricks missing its marble.

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Most buildings, including arches, are missing their statues.

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Some building fragments with inscriptions are still standing while others are lying on the ground.

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On one side of the forum are the building of Eumachia, temple of Vespasian and the sanctuary of the public Lares.

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However, the forum granary on one side of the forum houses many pieces from Pompeii such as amphora, statues, pedestals, altars, tables and the famed plaster body casts of the victims of the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

pompeii scaviIt is difficult to see the suffering any of human from any time period. The postures of these poor souls in their last moments are heart-wrenching.

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To the northern end of the forum is the temple of Jupiter with triumphal arches on each side.

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It was built before Roman rule and dedicated to Jupiter. Upon Roman conquest, it was expanded and dedicated the ‘Capitoline Triad’  – Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.

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The enlarged Roman temple of 150 BC loomed over the forum – the focal public space – as intended by the Romans. It became the main temple after Roman conquest holding statues of its gods within the cella where only its priest could enter. The podium had vaulted rooms where votive items and the city treasury were stored. The front of the temple had a prostyle portico/pronaos. I saw remnants of Ionic columns, however there were Corinthian columns as well. The temple sits on a podium like the temple of Apollo. The temple went through three different periods of style rooted in the occupation of the Samnites and then the Romans. An earthquake in 62 AD left the temple of Jupiter in shambles and it awaiting yet another remodeling at the time of the volcanic eruption that buried the city. The smaller temple of Jupiter Meilichios became the city’s main temple after the 62 AD earthquake.

Next to the forum granary on the edge of the forum is a measurement table (mensa ponderaria) from the public office for weights and measures that was used to control weights and measurements.

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It was used by the nearby vegetable market (forum holitorium) to sell foods. The inscription gives info on the measurement system used. First the Oscan (Samnite) measurement system was used and then the standardized Roman measurement system introduced by Augustus.

Across the street (vicolo dei soprastanti) just north of the temple of Jupiter are the public forum baths. Some baths were private belonging wealthy families. Most baths were public. The forum baths are one of the three baths in Pompeii.

The other two are stabian baths and central baths. The forum baths were the smallest and most beautiful.

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I fell in love with the geometric patterns on the ceilings. I personally loved the colors.

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The baths are divided into men’s and women’s quarters.

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The baths had four main rooms: the apodyterium (the changing room); a frigidarium (cold bath); a tepidarium (warm bath); and calidarium (hot bath).

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Romans moved successively from colder to warmer in order to stimulate sweat.

pompeii scaviThe changing rooms have gorgeous clubfooted couches.

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There is a palaestra outside the baths that was used before exercise where bathers could work up a sweat before beginning the bathing process in the cold bath.

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The entrance hall for men is less ornate, but the floor art is still beautiful to admire.

There are many beautiful items in baths such as clubfooted couches in the changing room, atlantes in the warm room, ornate frescoes throughout and marble fountains for cooling off throughout as well.

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Just north of the forum baths is the temple of Fortuna Augusta in honor of the emperor Augustus. Oddly enough, it was built by a relative of Cicero with his own funds while he was serving duumvir for the city.

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Further north across the via delle terme is the thermopolium – a place to get ‘hot food’ or the ancient equivalent of fast food.

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It has a counter with sunken round dolia jars that stored food.

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The counter and jars made for fast and easy standing service for those on the go and those without a private kitchen.

We then tried to head further north and east, but everything that we looked for was closed. My boyfriend had already been patient in his sweat and hunger. Sadly, we have not even covered a quarter of the park yet. So, we decided to try to hit just the major spots. Even that proved to be a challenge.

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So, we went to the famous House of the Faun. It is named after a bronze statue of a dancing faun that was found there.

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It is the largest and one of the most lavish houses in Pompeii. It encapsulates the aristocratic homes of the Roman Republic. The home encompasses an entire city block and was built during Samnite occupation in the second century BC.

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The fauces is impressive and full of first style fresco art and plaster columns.

The fauces opens up to the atrium. It is here where you can find the statue of the faun in an impluvium.

pompeii scaviLike most art in Pompeii, the impressive pieces have been removed and take to the Naples National Archaeological Museum. The illustrious mosaic apparently of Alexander the Great in the Battle of Issus against the Persian king Darius.

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It is possibly the only depiction of Alexander the Great in the ancient world. There are also two peristyles in the home.

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A beautiful fresco in the third style is still standing in the home.

Just down the road on the via della fortuna is the House of the Wild Boar.

We briefly stopped in and did not spend too much time appreciating the house.

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The ruins, no matter how well-preserved, were all blurring together in the eyes of my boyfriend.

pompeii scaviWe checked out some of frescoes in the fourth style and missed the floor mosaics.

We passed most of the buildings and ruins, including the central baths as we made our way south to the theater and temples. My boyfriend was more interested in the exit, which was edging closer. We did get to stop in to see the Stabian baths.

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These are the oldest baths of the city.

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I loved these baths for the large peristyle outside, the more intact remains of the baths, the exposed hypocaust, floor mosaics as well as the round frigidarium.

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The body casts also added to the bath.

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We moved increasingly faster toward the theater and the exit as my boyfriend’s shirt became increasingly dampened. We passed the closed off temple of Asclepius also known the temple of Jupiter Melichios.

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It interestingly has a tufa altar. all that remains is the altar, a few column bases and the podium base of the temple.

Next to it is the temple of Isis. It was one of the first discoveries when Pompeii was excavated in the 18th century. It emphasized the influence of the Greeks in Magna Graecia of southern Italy.

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The temple is dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, which became part of the Hellenized religion. The temple is depicted in art of homes in Pompeii indicating that is was an important place for societal elite.

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This temple has more remains left than other temples do. On top of storage, it also housed a cistern where holy water from the Nile.

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We moved south to the small theater/odeion built during Roman occupation. It was modeled after the famous odeion Herodes Atticus of the Acropolis in Athens, but to a smaller degree. This theater sat approximately 1,500 spectators.

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I love looking at the cavea from the orchestra. I also loved the scaenae frons, because it is something truly different than the Greek theater.

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I had to complete the incomplete visit at the grand theater since my boyfriend was not up for going to the amphitheater. He had indulged me for hours in over weather over 100 degree weather with the sun beating down. By the time we made it the grand theater, my boyfriend sat in the shade of the tunnel.

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This one was built in the third century BC and sat 5,000 spectators. I quickly looked around and ran out to the exit.

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Below the theaters is the quadiporticus, where graffiti can be found. Unfortunately, I only got to breeze by it.

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I was still in awe of seeing the things that I had learned about as a Classics major. This coupled with my archaeological experiences made me want to stay for days to visit each and every building. I could only look forward to Herculaneum, which was supposed to be ever better preserved. My poor boyfriend ran for an ice cream before the train came. He was just hoping for the moment when he could start enjoying his vacation again.

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There are few moments in the wedding more iconic than the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle. This tradition transcends many centuries and cultures carrying on today. Some people have mixed or negative feelings about this tradition, but possible significances in preceding centuries are not carried over to the significance of the act today.

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Today, the moment of the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle holds many feelings. For many brides, this moment means the end of a period of the father as the ‘main man’ and the beginning of putting the other first. Some believe that tradition signifies the act of passing the responsibility of caring for the bride passes from her father to the groom. However, many fathers would argue that that duty is carried out for the entirety of his life. These and many more sentiments are possible.

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However one feels about this moment, the act of the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle is one of the special moments shared by the two on the bride’s big day. With this tradition, the bride honors and brings attention to her relationship with her father in front of the onlooking wedding guests. The first man in her life walks her down the aisle to the man with whom she will spend the rest of her life. It is a moment with both of the most important men that she has in her life. One she was born to and the other she chose. No other men will ever love her as much as these two, yet in distinct ways.

This is a an ideal photography moment that any photographer worth his salt would not miss. However, there are many angles that you can capture the act as it occurs. The photographer can stand in the back of the ceremony capturing the backs of the pair walking down the aisle with guests turned toward them. The photographer can also capture the opposite effect from the altar. He can also blend in the with the crowd and get the moment from the onlooker point of view. With the availability of opportune positioning, he can also capture the full view of the scene from an aerial view.

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Regardless of how you are able to capture the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle, be sure to capture the love of the father of the bride, his daughter and her groom. These are the most important factors that will hold any significance years after the wedding and hopefully for the rest of their lives.

For more wedding photo musts, check out our previous posts:

photos of father of the bride dancefaith ~ the mother of the bride with the bride ~ bride and groom photo ideas ~ the groom’s first look ~ the father of the bride’s first look ~ the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony ~ the bride’s something blue ~ the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony ~ the first kiss as husband and wife ~ wedding photos with grandparents ~ the wedding ceremony recessional ~ the bridesmaids ~ the ring bearer and flower girl ~ the first dance ~ the bride and groom getting ready ~ the wedding reception entrance ~ the wedding day love note exchange ~ the father of the groom with the groom ~ the mother of the groom with the groom

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest

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If you are not new here, then you know that I try to eat a low-glycemic diet full of vegetables as a way of treating my PCOS naturally.

(Side note: I went in for a checkup on my condition for the first time in two years — I know, very long overdue — and I am happy to report that my condition is normalized! My testosterone levels, both total and free, have been greatly reduced, my female-related hormones are at optimal levels and I am able to lose weight easily. All in all, I have been able to treat myself without any medications using food, drink and exercise. More to come on my treatments soon!)

However, I still have a sweet tooth that I inherited from my father. According to our taste buds, sugar is not only a food group, it is the most important one. It has been a hard-waged battle forcing myself eat vegetables when all my body wanted was one measly cookie. Stevia has been a godsend for me in my daily life when making smoothies and beverages, but it just doesn’t cut it for baking. Enter the low-glycemic chocolate sweet potato brownie recipe.

For those times, when you need a sweet treat, just bare in mind that you can satisfy your need for sugar while sticking to low-glycemic diet. Believe me (or your own taste buds), you will not miss out on any fudgy brownie flavor baking these instead of traditional flour-and-sugar-based brownies. Your body will just be less inflamed and happy with you.

I usually try to stick to raw recipes in order to keep the glycemic index low. That’s because the glycemic index of a food is raised when it cooked. However, raw recipes usually call for high levels of fat and/or sugars in addition to baking. I find this recipe to be a happy medium of fat, sugar and baking.

Also, steaming sweet potatoes has the least effect on the glycemic index of sweet potatoes. Although boiling them is also an option for sweet potatoes. There is a lot of discussion on the topic of the effects of steaming vs. boiling on the glycemic index and glycemic load of a vegetable. This is far too esoteric for most people (like me) who just want to bake a dessert. On the whole, boiling gelatinizes a vegetable more making it more starchy and therefore higher in the glycemic index. Steaming gelatinizes a vegetable less thereby raising the glycemic index of a vegetable less than that of the boiling cooking method. But, steaming does raise the glycemic index of a vegetable. I happen to have a great crockpot that also doubles a steamer, so I tend to steam vegetables rather than boil them. However, cook how you are able to and like to do.

In this recipe, the glycemic index of the sweet potato will rise once baked, so we are just trying to mitigate the unhealthy affects with the ingredients, cooking methods and the duration of cooking. It’s not perfect, but a baked tasty treat is okay on occasion. We can eat raw treats for other times. And did I also mention that this recipe is gluten-free?

To prepare this low-glycemic chocolate sweet potato brownie recipe, you will first need to slice the sweet potatoes and steam (or boil) them for about 15 minutes or until they are tender enough to glide a knife through. No need to steam beyond that.

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In a separate bowl, add the liquid coconut oil, room-temperature eggs and vanilla extract. If you are using honey instead of brown sugar, add it here and mix.

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In a separate bowl, add the raw cacao or cocoa, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt. If you are using brown sugar instead of honey, add it here and mix.

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Once the sweet potatoes are cooled, beat them until until it has a smooth consistency free of bumps.

Pour the sweet potato mixture into the wet ingredient mixture. Thoroughly combine until smooth.

Pour the dry mixture to the wet mixture.

Mix until you have a smooth consistency free of bumps.

Pour the batter evenly into the greased pan. Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until you can stick a knife into it cleanly.

Once baked all the way through, remove the brownies from the oven and set aside to cool. Once cooled, cut the brownies into squares and enjoy.

I think that these brownies pair well with a tall glass of almond milk, but to each his own. Full instructions, including ingredient portions are below. Enjoy!

Low Glycemic Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownies

Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Allergy Egg
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party
You don't have sacrifice flavor in order to eat better, natural foods. These low-glycemic sweet potato chocolate brownies use simple, all-natural ingredients to create a robust, chocolate flavor at a fraction of the fat, calories and sugar of traditional brownies.

Ingredients

  • 1 Sweet Potato (steamed)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Honey or Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Raw Cacao or Cocoa
  • 5 tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Sea Salt (to taste)

Directions

Step 1 Grease an 8 x 8 round baking pan and set aside. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Step 2 Slice the sweet potatoes into half inch slices and place into a steamer. Steam the slices for roughly 15 minutes or until a knife can easily glide through the sweet potatoes. Once steamed, remove the sweet potatoes from the steamer and place a bowl to cool.
Step 3 Melt the coconut oil either by running the bottle under warm water or by heating it in a bowl in the microwave. Make sure that the eggs are room temperature. If they are cold, the coconut oil will harden when the ingredients come into contact.
Step 4 In a bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add the coconut oil, eggs and vanilla extract. If you are using honey instead of brown sugar, add it to the mixture. Mix until combined.
Step 5 In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the raw cacao or cocoa, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt. If you are using brown sugar instead of honey, add it as well. Mix until combined.
Step 6 Once the sweet potatoes are cooled, beat them until until it has a smooth consistency free of bumps.
Step 7 Pour the sweet potato mixture into the wet ingredient mixture. Thoroughly combine until smooth.
Step 8 Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine until smooth.
Step 9 Pour the batter evenly into the greased pan. Place it into the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until a knife can cut into the brownies cleanly.
Step 10 Once baked, remove the pan from the oven and set it aside to let cool. Once cooled, cut the brownies into squares and enjoy with (almond) milk.

 

 

 

 

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There are many dances at a wedding. The first dance between the newlywed husband and wife is and will always be the pinnacle of the wedding dances. Second to that is arguably the father of the bride dance with his newlywed daughter. The pair have many moments throughout the wedding day, which highlight the love and dynamic unique to their relationship. Throughout the wedding, the father of the bride informally and formally gives away his daughter to her new husband. However, the only purpose of this dance, which follows the dance between the newlywed husband and wife, is the celebration of the love of the father-daughter relationship. There is not act of giving away the bride, which would bring bittersweet feelings. This is just a moment for a father and his daughter to dance on one of the most anticipated days of their lives.

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The father and daughter enjoy knowing that regardless of life changes, including this recent marriage, that this natural bond is eternal. The crowd looks on observing a man who loves the bride timelessly and unconditionally. It would be difficult to gauge which loves the bride more.

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This is a significant and memorable moment not only in the wedding, but in the lives of the father of the bride and his daughter. It is for this reason that brides have diligent difficulty choosing the most apt song for the occasion. This moment has the ability to reveal the depth of the father-daughter relationship, which is why it should be captured on camera. Depict the timeless relationship between the father of the bride and his daughter and all of the emotions that accompany it as she enters wifehood. This will create a wonderful photo, which will leave you with a lasting memento to pass on to future generations.

For more wedding photo musts, check out our previous posts:

photos of faith ~ the mother of the bride with the bride ~ bride and groom photo ideas ~ the groom’s first look ~ the father of the bride’s first look ~ the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony ~ the bride’s something blue ~ the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony ~ the first kiss as husband and wife ~ wedding photos with grandparents ~ the wedding ceremony recessional ~ the bridesmaids ~ the ring bearer and flower girl ~ the first dance ~ the bride and groom getting ready ~ the wedding reception entrance ~ the wedding day love note exchange ~ the father of the groom with the groom ~ the mother of the groom with the groom

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest

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