Holding her hand from his wheelchair, Jim Roberts accompanied Mary Bourne Roberts down the aisle at St. Francis at the Point Church in Point Clear to marry James Butts. After the wedding, Jim Roberts had to go to his room at The Grand Hotel to rest as the reception began. When he felt well enough, he arrived at the ballroom for their father-daughter dance.
It's a song the pair danced to in the family kitchen when Mary Bourne Roberts was a child, the website reported. It took on new meaning in May 2017 after Jim Roberts was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. He began hospice care in mind-December, AL.com reported.
Mary Bourne Roberts majored in dance at the University of Alabama and teaches at the Eastern Shore Dance Academy in Daphne. She took her father's hands and swayed to the music while looking into his eyes as he wiped away tears, AL.com reported.
"We had always planned to use the song -- we weren't sure how he was going to even feel that day -- we just knew that we were going to do it somehow," the Mary Bourne Roberts told Fox News.
The bride told the network that her father said he “loved me so much” and that the dance “meant so much.”
"It was such a good thing to happen to him," Tracy Roberts, the mother of the bride, told AL.com. "He would have cried through the whole thing even if he'd been on his feet.
“He was overwhelmed with pride and the love he feels for her. It was a great day for him, a beautiful, perfect day for all of us.”