What do you do when your grandmother is 102 years old and can't fly to make it to your wedding? Why, you bring the wedding to her, of course. Well, the wedding dress at least. And then you do a whole, beautiful photo shoot. That's exactly what bride-to-be Tara Foley did.
Get ready for one of most moving, emotional stories you'll ever read. Tara Foley was months away from getting married when her Nana was put in hospice, she explains in her now-viral Facebook post. When the nurse asked this 102-year-old firecracker what her goals were, she said that she wanted to be at Tara's wedding. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to fly anymore. So Tara flew to her grandma with her wedding dress so she could see her granddaughter and they could have this one last moment together.
"[The dress] was unaltered and didn't fit yet but none of that mattered," Tara wrote on Facebook. "I may have lied to my entire family about where I was that weekend, and I didn't tell my friends so I could surprise everyone with these photos. Words cannot explain how much these moments mean to me and I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life."
She added, "Her smile and her laugh are forever etched in my mind and the love between us will live in my heart. This was one of the greatest days of my life."
Look at her grandmother's face. She couldn't be happier or more proud of her granddaughter. Tara continued, "When I said goodbye to her that night, I think we both knew it would be the last time we would see each other. She grabbed my cheeks with her hands, looked me straight in the eye and said, 'I love you very much' and 27 days later she passed away.
"I am so blessed to have this be my last memory with her. She was beyond an amazing woman! I love you Nana, always and forever!" Excuse me while I sob for a few hours.
But that is not where this story ends. At Tara's wedding, after her grandmother had passed, and because she had lied to her family about where she was that weekend, she was able to surprise her family with the photos of her in her wedding dress beside her grandma. Tara's wedding photographer, Misty McLendon, captured the whole thing on camera and wrote a moving Facebook post about the experience.
"It's truly a special thing to be able to be a part of people's biggest and more precious moments," Misty wrote in a comment. "Tara was the stunning bride and the love for her grandmother was something I could truly relate to! Hug your grandmothers!"
Tara's mom, dad, brother, and sister-in-law were moved to tears when Tara presented them with the photo the morning of her wedding. It's a good thing she showed them this picture before everyone had their makeup on because there was no keeping it together here. Even though Nana had passed away, she was still present for Tara's wedding through these beautiful shared memories and these gorgeous photos.
When you're getting married, it's a big deal, and you want the most important people in your life there. Tara was determined to make sure her beloved grandmother got to see her in a wedding dress, something she'd been dreaming about for a long time. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have more crying to do.