It’s extremely wonderful to have grandparents there on your wedding day. Many brides and grooms may not have the opportunity to engage their extended family in their wedding. Tanner and Lyndsey, on the other hand, were fortunate to have four members of their grand-family not only present but also participating in the ceremony.
Tanner and Lyndsey hoped for a September wedding as they planned their 2019 wedding. They wanted their grandparents to be present on this historic day, but not simply as another face in the pews. They’d gone to a lot of weddings and had never seen any grandparents in attendance. It would be different for their wedding. Especially because all four of their grandparents, paternal and maternal, were still alive.
While browsing bridal ideas, the bride noticed how another couple had incorporated the bride’s grandparents on her wedding day. It was the ideal source of inspiration for Lyndsey. The bridge then asked all four wonderful ladies if they wanted to be flower girls in her bridal party. They were, of course, taken aback. This was a role normally designated for the younger relatives and family members, who can only be coerced into sheepishly, carelessly going down the aisle while essentially dropping a basket of flowers. A bit of a shambles, but also something of a tradition. Grandma, could you fill those small shoes? All four agreed right away.
The finished photograph truly reflects the excitement and love shared by both generations, especially on such a memorable day.
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Natalie Caho, the wedding photographer, was able to capture a particularly unforgettable moment as the special ladies began going down the aisle in identical powder blue gowns and personalized white clutches. The bags were labeled “here comes the bride” and carried the petals that each flower girl had to scatter down the aisle. Caho masterfully photographed each woman joyfully hurling the white flowers among the wedding guests, who looked on fondly.
“We don’t have any little kids in our family, and honestly, I thought my sassy grandparents would be even cuter, and it absolutely was,” the bride-to-be said of her choice to include and commemorate this tiny procession of matriarchs from her and her husband’s family. They are all quite important to me, and I was delighted to spend my day with them.”
The gig is usually saved for the smallest of toddlers from the wider family. Weddings usually contain a token three-year-old with suspenders and a tuxedo jacket who must be enticed to the altar with fruit snacks and Goldfish. Kathleen Brown, the eldest of the flower girls, did not require such urging. She went down the aisle, her walker decked out in blossoms and adorned for the occasion, unafraid of her age. “This lady is the glue to our family and is never hesitant to put us straight,” the bride said of her great-grandmother. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have known and loved my great-grandmother.”
She captioned the photos she posted on social media, “I’ve seen a lot of lovely flower girls in my day…. but these four women top the cake.” Joyce, the paternal grandmother, was seventy-two years old, Betty, the maternal grandmother, was seventy-six years old, and Kathleen, the maternal great-grandmother, was ninety years old.
The internet fell in love with the five women right away. Viewers watched as they enthusiastically flung their bouquets and walked down the aisle in style. Everyone was blown away by their performance, particularly the bride and groom, who beam at their families. Clearly, including the ladies was the proper move. There’s no denying that this was a memorable occasion that everyone in attendance will remember for a long time.
The internet, in particular. Caho’s images instantly went viral, with everyone praising her ability to capture the flower girls at their most youthful and beautiful. Each grandma was photographed with the bride, locking arms and gazing adoringly at their family.
“Today my email was filled with journalists I never thought of speaking with but they caught wind of the sweetness from @lyndseygrantraby’s wedding featuring FOUR of her grandmothers as flower girls,” Caho said after the tale went viral. She went on to advise future brides to take chances with their nuptials. “If you’re on the fence about having anything out of the norm at your wedding, just do it!” she wrote. Especially when it means something as meaningful to you and your family as this did.” Lyndsay and Tanner clearly followed this suggestion when they invited their grandmothers to partake in their special day.