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Bride Whose Late Father Was Clemson Tiger Gets Beautiful Surprise When the Current Mascot Shows up to Walk Her Down the Aisle

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A bride whose late father was the Clemson Tiger mascot during his college days was surprised when the Tiger walked her down the aisle on her wedding day.


Clemson holds a special place in the hearts of 29-year-old Brindley Faile Perrini’s family, where her parents, Randy and Trellise, met during their studies.

Between 1982 and 1984, Randy was also the university’s famed Tiger mascot, which meant that Brindley, who graduated from Clemson, and her sister later became huge fans of the college, attending numerous mascot reunions with their dad as teenagers.

Sadly for the family, though, Randy passed away from a heart attack in 2018 after 34 years of marriage, leaving Brindley with a hole to fill when walking down the aisle on her wedding day.

Mom Trellise, 61, devised a plan to make things extra special.

Having reached out to the Clemson, a committee discussed the idea Trellise had put forward: that the Clemson Tiger would walk Brindley down the aisle in her father’s place.

Brindley’s father was the Clemson Tiger mascot during his college days.

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Brindley said that the Tiger had never fulfilled this duty, but after the committee approved the request, the wheels were set in motion.

Ahead of her wedding at Alexander Homestead in Charlotte, North Carolina, Brindley felt bummed because a photo charm of her father had not arrived in time to add to her bouquet.

This provided the perfect cover for the surprise, as while Brindley was having her bridal portraits taken on March 23, her mom said: ‘I know you were upset that the photo charm didn’t come in, so I got you a little something to help you honor Dad.’

Brindley reacts to spotting the Clemson Tiger mascot appearing at her wedding. © Victoria Grace Photography / T&T Creative Media
The tiger mascot prepares to walk Brindley down the aisle. ©Victoria Grace Photography / T&T Creative Media

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A surprised Brindley did not know what to expect and started following her mother.

Then, around the corner, came the Clemson Tiger, causing Brindley to go weak at the knees and scream in shock.

With a smile beamed across her face, the 32-year-old, who lives in Mesa, Arizona, headed over to the mascot for a big hug.

Brindley’s wedding photographer, Victoria Grace of Victoria Grace Photography, captured wholesome images of the moment, which she later combined with video clips to share the family’s story on TikTok.

Walking down the aisle. ©Victoria Grace Photography / T&T Creative Media

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After the surprise shoot, the Tiger walked Brindley down the aisle to stepdad Larry, 61.

Brindley said: “I was absolutely shocked to my core, delighted and then overwhelmed by the bittersweetness of it all.

“The fact that the Tiger was in a tux was incredible as well.

“My dad was the first to wear a suit on the mascot.

After the ceremony. ©Victoria Grace Photography / T&T Creative Media

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“It honestly was such a wild ride of emotions; I’m lucky I didn’t cry my lashes right off.

“I could not think of a better way to represent my Dad and I know he was just laughing and hooting in heaven for that moment.

“Those who know my Dad were happily sharing tears with me.

“There’s been an incredibly sweet outpouring of love on social media from fellow college football fans, even Gamecocks.

“Some folks have even shared stories from when my dad was the mascot – such as the time he caught himself on fire.

“It’s been a really honoring and wonderful time hearing others’ stories and memories.”

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