Jeff Bridges took on the role as father of the bride when he helped his daughter Hayley tie the knot in a romantic wedding in California’s Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara county.
The 72-year-old Against All Odds actor donned a navy blue suit, white shirt and light blue tie as he walked his youngest child down the aisle in a romantic August 2021 ceremony.
The details of the fairy tale nuptials are only now being shared in Brides magazine.
Father of the bride: Jeff Bridges took on the role as father of the bride when he helped his daughter Hayley tie the knot in a romantic wedding in California’s Santa Ynez Valley
Hayley, who works as an interior designer, and her husband, wealth advisor Justin Shane, chose to celebrate their special day at Kestrel Park in Santa Ynez, California.
The property offers luscious outdoor settings so that the 123 wedding guests could safely celebrate just two months after masking restrictions had been lifted in California.
The ceremony was originally planned for August 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.
Greetings: The Oscar winner, 72, raised a glass of champagne as he welcomed guests to the reception at Kestral Park in August 2021
Postponed: The wedding was originally planned for August 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic. The couple chose an outdoor venue for the ceremony that included 123 guests
Hayley looked beautiful in an Anne Barge lace gown with intricate embroidery and a V neckline. The frock featured an A-line skirt, translucent straps and a low back.
The glowing bride styled her blonde locks in loose curls and completed the vision with a chapel length veil. ‘My hair was styled in a way that I would do my own hair going to other events, so it felt like me,’ explained the glowing bride.
Justin waited for her at the end of the aisle in a classic black tux with a leafy boutonniere.
Saying yes: Hayley said ‘yes’ in an Anne Barge lace gown with intricate embroidery and a V neckline. Her groom, Justin Shane, wore a traditional black tuxedo
Details: The couple first met in 2014 and go engaged in 2019 at the Bridges’ family ranch in Montana
The Oscar nominated actor made sure not to steal the spotlight from the happy couple.
He did, however, raise a glass to his daughter and new son-in-law as he greeted guests at the reception.
‘My dad gave a welcome speech and touched on a trait of Justin’s that I also mentioned in my vows,’ Hayley recalled, ‘which is that kids and dogs love him. I believe this to be an example of his wonderful energy.’
Jeff has been happily married to his wife, film producer Susan Geston, since 1977, and they have two older daughters, Isabelle and Jessica.
Father-daughter dance: Jeff, who has been happily married to film producer Susan Geston since 1977, proudly twirled his daughter across the dance floor
These images have surfaced after Bridges almost died when he came down with COVID in January 2021.
The Big Lebowski star had no resistance as he was getting chemo for his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The Hollywood icon added that he did not really have the will to fight the virus as he felt he was ‘dancing with mortality,’ he told People.
The star has been in remission from lymphoma since September 2021 and is now promoting his new FX show The Old Man.
Close call: Bridges almost died when he came down with COVID in early 2021. Here he is pictured in June
A rare recent photo of Bridges: Here he is seen in November 2020. He has not been seen much since 2019
‘I was pretty close to dying. The doctors kept telling me, “Jeff, you’ve got to fight. You’re not fighting.” I was in surrender mode. I was ready to go. I was dancing with my mortality,’ said the father.
He was weak from battling cancer – which he revealed in early 2020 he had – and he was not vaccinated as there was no vaccine yet.
‘I had no defense. That’s what chemo does — it strips you of all your immune system. I had nothing to fight it,’ Bridges told the site.
Bridges also said the affects of COVID were far worse than the cancer.
‘COVID made my cancer look like nothing,’ said the Los Angeles resident who added he was in the hospital for five months where he suffered intense pain and was on oxygen.
The TRON: Legacy actor got better when he was given convalescent plasma treatment.
That involves using blood from people who have already recovered from COVID. And then he had to do physical therapy to get his strength back.
His recovery was not fast as he started taking ‘baby steps,’ Jeff said.
But there was a silver lining. Being so sick made him unable to work which kept him close to home with his family.
‘Who would say, “I’d love some cancer and give me a dose of COVID”? But my ability to receive all the love and give it was just heightened,’ he said.
‘Everything was turned up in the most beautiful way.’