As they stand at the altar the groom asks the bride to step aside (and asks one of the wedding party to come forward)

He had planned to make vows to someone else.

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  • Janna was shoveling snow off her driveway when a man named Clifton drove up and offered to help. Clifton's sweet act of service was the beginning of their love story.

    But Janna was a package deal. When Clifton offered to help her on that snow-filled day, Janna was raising 3-year-old Jayda. Clifton instantly gave his heart to Janna's daughter as well.

    When Jayda's biological father passed away three years after Janna and Clifton began dating, Clifton played a big role in helping Jayda recover from the tragedy. He took Janna and Jayda to the sun and sea of Florida to clear their heads. One time Clifton took Jayda out for a day of exploring, just the two of them. When she was reunited with her daughter, Janna was delighted to see Jayda healing and seeing Clifton as a father figure in her life.

    So, it shouldn't be a surprise that on Clifton and Janna's wedding day, Clifton recognized the responsibility his vows had in relation to his bride, Janna, and Jayda as well. Before saying his wedding vows, Clifton asked his bride to step aside and Jayda came stand next to him.

    Clifton promised Jayda he would always love her, always protect her, teach her the morals his parents taught him and help her mother raise her into a beautiful woman just like her.

    Mr. and Mrs. Lamb with Jayda

    My favorite part of our wedding!!!! Clifton Lamb giving Jayda her promise ring and our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs.!!!!! Only a couple people knew about what he was going to do, so happy to be blessed with such a great man and husband! I love you hubby! I am not very good with computers and could not figure out how to edit it so the audio would be louder.

    Posted by Janna Lamb on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    "It was at that point that I realized this wonderful man is 10 times the man I thought he was," Janna said.

    As Jayda turned to leave the altar, Clifton surprised her with a 14-karat white gold diamond ring of her own to remind her that she always has "daddy in her own heart." He then sealed the deal with a pinky promise.

    Clifton showed that his marriage committment wasn't just about becoming a husband, but about becoming a father as well.

    "He always knew that I was a package deal, and Jayda was always my number one," Janna said. "Now, she is both of our number ones, and I couldn't be happier to say that."

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Melinda Fox has a bachelor's degree in English and is a member of the FamilyShare content team. She loves Shakespeare, listening to her favorite songs on repeat and journaling.

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