Washington state resident Kirsten Mundell got married six years after her father Kent Mundell was shot dead responding to a domestic violence attack, KOMO News reports.
"Any wedding is a big deal, and not having my dad there was a lot harder for all of us," Ms Mundell said.
However, the late police officer was not completely absent with Ms Mundell draping one of his police jackets over a front row seat along with his photo.
"It's his chair and he's there, but he's not. It meant a lot knowing that we were able to save a spot for him and knowing that I felt him there I knew he was there," she said.
The bride wore another tribute to her father on the back of her wedding dress; blue stitching that represents the thin blue line symbolic of law enforcement.
But it was a tribute she was not expecting that brought the bride to tears.
As Ms Mundell took part in the father-daughter dance with a family friend who walked her down the aisle one of her father's colleagues in uniform asked if he could cut in."I was shocked. I didn't know how to react, how to respond," Ms Mundell said.
"He said, 'there's a whole line of us,' and right as he said that is when the next officer cut in and I just broke down." There was reportedly not a dry eye in the room as bride danced with the men who had served alongside her father. Ms Mundell described the kind-hearted gesture as "the best wedding surprise ever".