The letter, dad Philip, and bride Freya with her Husband Michael – SWNS

A bride received a letter and card from her dad from beyond the grave on her wedding day.

32-year-old Freya Rosati was just 11 when her dad, Philip Hargreaves, died from oesophageal cancer at the age of 53.

They used to do everything together. He’d take her to dance classes, they would watch films, and play games together; if Freya’s mom ever said ‘no’ her dad would always say ‘yes’.

But understanding his fate Philip wrote nine cards for Freya, eight for birthdays, and a final one for her wedding day in the weeks before he died.

Her mom Theresa read the card to wedding guests in lieu of Philip’s father-of-the-bride speech—leaving everyone in tears.

“Even looking at his handwriting on that card, it really just felt like he was there, and it was so nice,” said the Buckinghamshire bride. “It was such a sad moment but so important to me that the card was read out.”

I wish I could be standing next to you, the proudest dad in the world, to walk you down the aisle to the man you love, and to the next chapter in your life. Today is your day, enjoy everything about it. Laugh and cry. Be happy and confident.

Face everything full-on. You will then succeed in your life together. You gave me some of the proudest moments in my life with your sense of humour, intelligence, understanding, and caring nature. Don’t ever change. Love you forever, dad.

Freya, a self-professed “daddy’s girl” was determined to involve her father as much as possible on her big day, and little bits and pieces of their 11 years together were everywhere from the music to the decor. Having enjoyed a holiday to Antigua, Freya had steel pans play her aisle-walk music. Photographs of Philip and Freya bedecked a ‘memory tree’ which sat at the front of the wedding venue.


While she couldn’t wear something ‘new’ she did involve Philip for something ‘old’—a diamond necklace he had given her as a gift.

She remembers him as a “proper warrior” who never wasted any time or complained about being ill in the “downhill” slope that led to his passing.

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