Dad Learns To Sign “I Loved Her First” For Daughter’s Wedding

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Nicole Cortez Figg’s dad is earning major social media props for the epic surprise that he managed to pull off for her wedding. Cortez-Figg is a sign language interpreter and her dad wanted to give her a wedding day gift that she would never forget.

For an entire year leading up to her wedding, Nicole’s dad had been secretly meeting with her best friend at a coffee shop to learn the signs for “I Loved her First” by Heartland.

When it was time for him to show off what he had learned, nobody expected the emotions that his performance would bring. As Nicole’s dad took the stage, his friends and family cheered him on. But, he wasn’t distracted. He had one goal…to show his daughter how much he loved her.

The bride and groom and their room full of guests were almost immediately brought to tears as Mr. Cortez beautifully and flawlessly signed the familiar words.

“I loved her first
I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first.”

Watch the tear-jerking moment unfold in the video below.