Wedding days are a beautiful affair, but it can be hard to bask in special moments when the bride (or groom) has lost a loved one. Most brides can’t imagine their big day without their dad walking them down the aisle. Sadly, this isn’t always a reality for women who have lost their fathers.
However, Vin Diesel is here to remind us all the importance of family.
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost eight years since the death of actor and father Paul Walker.
In the years following his death, Paul’s memory has been cemented in pop culture history by his Fast & Furious costars, most notably Vin Diesel, who has continued to speak of his friend and highlights Paul’s philanthropic passions.
Fans of the late actor most likely keep up with Paul’s daughter Meadow, who regularly talks about her father and his legacy.
Since Paul’s passing, Vin Diesel has stepped up into a father-like role for the 22-year-old. This special bond was highlighted when Meadow tied the knot this past weekend.
The pair’s close relationship has been documented on social media throughout the years.
In 2019, Vin Diesel posted a photo of Meadow on Instagram for her 21st birthday.
“I could say that I am so proud of the person you are becoming… but the truth is I have always been proud of you. Love you kid,” the actor wrote at the time.
Speaking with Extra TV last year, the actor revealed Meadow is always the first person to wish him a Happy Father’s day.
“She takes good care of me,” the father of three revealed. “She’s the first person on Father’s Day to wish me a happy Father’s Day.”
As fans may recall, Meadow confirmed her relationship Louis Thornton-Allan back in July, as per “People” magazine.
Just one month later, the love birds announced their engagement in an Instagram video.
Speaking with Vogue, the 22-year-old explained how the pandemic affected their wedding plans.
“Louis’s family wasn’t able to attend,” she told the publication.
“A lot of close friends whom we consider family were also unable to attend due to travel restrictions.”
Sharing wedding photos on Instagram, fans saw that the 54-year-old walked Meadow down the aisle.
Naturally, fans of the franchise were overjoyed to see the on-screen friendship translate to real life.
Paul Walker’s on-screen love Jordana Brewster was also in attendance on the special day.
Such a beautiful and emotional moment on one of Meadow’s happiest days — I just know Paul was looking down on them all and was so proud!
After the emotional wedding ceremony, a beach party ensued with Meadow telling “Vogue” that the guests were “all barefoot, dancing in the sand.”
“To finish the night, there was a wonderful display of fireworks, and we lit lanterns into the picturesque night sky,” she explained.
“We couldn’t have imagined it to be any more perfect and personal,” she continued.
“And honestly it was easy and simple. Louis and I knew exactly what we wanted from the start. It was a very intimate celebration.
A wedding video has since been posted on Meadow’s social media accounts that shows a glimpse of the happy day.
Meadow can be seen hugging and greeting her guests, including Jordana.
Such a beautiful wedding for a beautiful bride!