Christine and Patrick Quinn were married this spring in a beautiful ceremony in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Their wedding was full of dancing, smiles, and surprisingly one VERY special bridesmaid.
Only a few months before the wedding, Christine asked a very special person to not only be a guest at their spring nuptials, but to stand up beside her on one of the most important days of her life: her 89-year-old grandmother, Betty – or, as everyone calls her, “Nana Betty.”
Nana Betty was a bit hesitant at first, but agreed. Christine tells Huffington Post:
“She asked me about 10 times, ‘Are you sure?’ and ‘Why would you want an old lady in your bridal party? A few times she even said ‘All of your bridesmaids are young and pretty, why would you want me?'”
Clearly, Nana Betty made a gorgeous addition to her stunning group of ‘maids.
Christine considers Nana Betty one of her very best friends, and the decision to ask her to be a bridesmaid was a “no brainer,” but the reason she waited until last minute? “So she didn’t have too much time to think about it.” According to the bride, the modest grandmother tends to shy away from the spotlight.
And so, looking beautiful with her purple dress and fresh flower bouquet, Nana Betty made the girls laugh and cry with words of wisdom and hilarious comments throughout the whole day.
“You’re only as old as you feel and I feel young today,” Nana Betty told Christine on the day of her wedding.
“Nana got on the party bus with the rest of the wedding party instead of ‘going home to rest’ but did not tell my mom (her daughter),” the bride said. “She also danced the entire night away, including an adorable moment when she and my husband’s grandmother, Bellsie, danced together. It was amazing.”
Nana Betty has been a bit taken aback in regards to the internet attention she has received in regards to the wedding. She isn’t quite sure what all the fuss is about.
“Nana Betty – You are 89-years-old and look like a million bucks in that bridesmaid dress. We see your joyous smile and can’t resist smiling back. You are making millions of people smile today, even if it’s just for a minute. It feels good and that is why everyone likes your picture so much.”Photographer Julie Melton, of Sweetwater Portraits said it best.
All images: Sweet Water Portraits