The Stepfather and the Wedding: A Family’s Viral Story Still Hits Home

October 13, 2015

OCT. 9, 2015, New York Times.

Brittany Peck wasn’t planning on people around the world sharing in her wedding day. But that was before a photographer captured the moment on Sept. 26, when her father reached for the hand of her stepfather to include him in the bride’s walk down the aisle.

“I was behind the tree,” Mrs. Peck said, “and it was actually hard for me to see. But I heard. I heard people sobbing. Everyone was crying.”

That single, unexpected gesture within a stepfamily, after years of contentious custody battles and ensuing years of slow healing, has unleashed a tidal wave of emotion worldwide on social media, the good, bad, sad and joyful.