Back in late October, Rory Feeks daughter from his first marriage, Hope, married her now wife on the farm where Rory and Joey lived together during their 14-year marriage.
Hope was escorted down the aisle by her father, but not before Rory and Joey’s five-year-old daughter, Indy, made her way down the aisle as the flower girl.
Indy, who is Joey’s only biological daughter, wore a huge smile and a beautiful white dress on her sister’s big day.
When Hope first came out to her father, telling him that she was in love with her friend and now wife, Wendy, Rory admitted to Today that he didn’t have the best reaction to the news:
“My first reaction was not the best one because it was such a challenge to my faith. Our faith and our believe system is really how we are getting through everything and then all of a sudden everything I thought I knew about love and that I thought was right and wrong. I thought our blessings are because Joey and I made the right decisions. I still think they are, but we made the right decisions for us and we were trying to follow what God said that we should do.
So when Hopie said that I didn’t really know how to react.
According to Today, Hope told her father not long after Joey passed away after a battle with cervical cancer in 2016.
The then 27-year-old worried her father would stop loving her and that he wouldn’t allow her around Indy anymore.
“I really didn’t know the answer to that. You know, I’m afraid that I, at first thought, was ‘I don’t know.’ But it didn’t take very long for me to realize that this is the way life works. You go from one thing you think you can’t handle, that you end up learning so much from, to another thing that you didn’t see coming that you’re gonna learn so much from. I’m learning how to love my middle daughter, who I love like crazy, but I’m learning how to love her even when our faith and our choices don’t line up exactly.”
Nonetheless, Rory was able to grow from his initial reaction and now supports his daughter wholeheartedly:
“And I really see it as a chance for me to grow. It’s easy to love my wife, she was an amazing lady. What happens when your daughter says, ‘I’d like to marry my friend Wendy at the farm?’ And she’s waited her whole life, her whole life for this moment. It took me a little while, well if that’s what she wants then that’s what she should get. …
So I am thrilled. I love Hopie. I love Wendy. She’s a great girl and she’s happy. And I just want what’s the best for them.”
According to the “conservative Christian,” he was criticized for accepting his daughter’s lifestyle.
Some of the comments made regarding his daughter’s wedding included:
We have followed this family through the loss of Joey Feek and believed they were true born again believers. Sadly I do not believe they know the God of the Bible at all.
However, he hopes other Christians can learn from his relationship with his daughter should they ever find themselves in a similar situation:
“The biggest thing is God’s bigger than this and I understand that it’s a challenging situation. But if it shows up at your house, you might look at it differently. The biggest thing that it’s shown me is that if I were going to be more Christlike, wouldn’t it be this? Wouldn’t I love greater? What’s been really fun is seeing my daughter realize that I love her. I love her no matter what. I could’ve got that wrong.”
Rory’s eldest daughter, Hiedi, shared photos of the big day on her Instagram account:
Many of the photos show Indy getting ready, and a loving father supporting his daughter on one of the biggest days of her life.