Most people are familiar with bringing additional tissues to a wedding because tears are a given. But not every one is going to go viral.
Sahrah Elswick and Zachery recently celebrated their wedding in the backyard of Zachery’s grandparents’ house in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The bride tweeted a touching picture that reminded everyone of the lasting power of love.
The photo, which captures “Pawpaw sat and ate with mawmaw today at my wedding,” demonstrates an elderly man, her grandfather, sitting with a tribute to his late wife. It was adorned with some cherished photos of Sahrah’s grandmother, as well as a framed message that read, “We know you would be here today if heaven wasn’t so far away.”
Pawpaw sat and ate with mawmaw today at my wedding 🥺 pic.twitter.com/GEXWMCfgXB
— Sahrah Elswick (@sahrahMichelle) July 7, 2019
“He thought she was the most beautiful woman and asked her what her name was and he says the rest is history,” Sahrah told Best Life.
“I had to have a guest at my wedding get a picture because I completely broke down when I saw what he was doing,” she said. “It was the most pure thing I have ever seen and it completely broke my heart.”
Twitter was quick to react to the touching photos as the tweet now has more than 19,000 retweets and 175,000 ‘likes.’
People were so moved that they started sharing their own tales about the ways in significant life events they included lost loved ones.
— Becky (@heyitsbeckss) July 7, 2019
One person even said that she hesitated to get married because her father couldn’t walk her down the aisle:
“This is beautiful but also I could cry. One of the main reasons I’ve been so hesitant to actually go through a wedding is because my dad won’t be there to walk me down the aisle or give me away or do a father-daughter dance. It makes me so sad. Glad you could have her there somehow.”
My nan passed away 3 years ago, and at my aunt’s wedding over New Year’s, there was a table set up for her next to the main table. My grandad stared at it for a good 10 minutes and kissed her portrait. I hope you had a wonderful wedding and I’m sure she was so proud
— grace (@ohdeary1) July 7, 2019
A Twitter user who seemed to be at the wedding shared her thoughts on the picture, saying “Your wedding was beautiful and this was the sweetest thing I’ve ever witnessed. I’m glad we captured this moment and I’m sorry she couldn’t physically be there with you on your big day, but she was definitely there.”
Sahrah wasn’t expecting the photos to get so much attention, she’s glad they’ve received the response that they have.