On Valentine’s Day 2018, Christina Arceneaux Bazinet said “Yes” to her now-husband, Trent, when he asked her to marry him in Breckinridge, Colorado.
As Christina told Dearly, she and her then-fiancé, who are originally from Louisiana, lived with her father during their engagement. She said the upcoming wedding was all the three of them could talk about:
“Me and Trent lived with my dad during that time so literally all we would do was talk about our wedding and how excited we all were.”
Then just several months later, on July 26, 2018, Christina lost her father, Robert, when he passed away unexpectedly.
She explained to Dearly:
“July 26, a Thursday morning, I woke up and found my Dad’s lifeless in his bedroom. It was, and still is, a nightmare.”
A few days shy of the six month anniversary of her father’s passing, Christina and Trent got married on January 11, 2019.
As Christina described to Dearly, it’s “crazy how my wedding day was the happiest, yet hardest, day of my life.”
She explained how her brothers, Don Charles and Joey, filled in for Robert on her wedding day:
“My brothers, Don Charles and Joey, walked me down the aisle. Don Charles stood in for Dad during the dance… We danced to “Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzy.”
It was during the “father-daughter” dance that Christina’s mom surprised her daughter with a moment she never expected.
As the song “Dancing in the Sky” played, the voice of Christina’s father also rang out. Her mother had recordings of her father’s voice transposed throughout the song.
The surprise caused both Christina and Don Charles to break down.
You can watch the full moment below:
The sweet surprise of hearing Dad’s voice while DC and I danced was the most comforting, yet painful moment I’ve ever experienced. I never thought I’d have to go through my happiest day without him… He was so excited to see me get married…Today makes six months that he’s been gone. Please keep my family, my dad, and me in your prayers, as times seem to get tougher and tougher without him hereThank you to my momma, Veronica Karam, for surprising me with his voice and allowing me to have Dad there with me in that moment. She’s gone over and beyond to get us through these both happy and sad times… Thank you Mr. Dexter Hamilton for the amazing mix you created. I’ll cherish it forever. Thank you Magnolia Film Company for capturing such an important moment for me. Thank you to those who have reached out and been there for my family and I through the past few months. Couldn’t make it through any of this without your prayers and support. God bless you all ❤️
Posted by Christina Arceneaux Bazinet on Saturday, January 26, 2019
As Christina told Dearly, the recordings were of her dad saying things that he always said to her:
“‘Heyyyy darlin,’ ‘I don’t know where you’re at, but I hope you’re sleeping,’ ‘See y’all in a bit. Love you.’ Little things like that played throughout the song.”
The bride continued:
“When the song started, I heard dad’s voice. It was a COMPLETE surprise to me… I broke down… So many feelings rushed through me in that moment. […]
Things have been pretty tough lately without him here.”
Christina also shared some advice for other brides and grooms going through a similar situation.
“My advice would be to let in any and every feeling that comes your way that day. If you start to feel sad, embrace it. Happy, embrace it. Nervous, embrace it. Don’t try to hide or ignore anything. Be present in the moment and know that your loved one is with you every step of the way.”