When people reach a major stage in their lives, it’s natural for them to want all the people they’ve developed close relationships with to be there to see them take that big step.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always make this so easy, as some relatives may not be in any condition to attend the ceremony.

Just like our featured story for today, Tara Foley was about to get married to the love of her life in Austin, Texas. However, her 102-year-old grandmother, Stasia, became sick and couldn’t fly to her wedding from Naples, Florida, where she is placed in hospice care. But Tara wouldn’t let anything get in the way of her grandma seeing her in a wedding dress, so she came up with a very bright idea instead.

“My nana was always an extremely independent woman who did nearly everything on her own, but when her heart started to fail, she started to slow down,” Tara told HuffPost.

Her nana was 1,300 miles away and was too sick to board an airplane and would have no way of getting to the family event.

If her grandma couldn’t make it to her wedding, Tara was determined to give her the experience closest to it. Unbeknownst to her family, the soon-to-be bride flew from her home in Texas to her grandma in Florida with her unaltered wedding gown.

So Tara planned a surprise trip to visit her grandmother, in which she would wear her wedding dress and have a photoshoot.

As she wrote on Facebook, “Words cannot explain how much these moments mean to me and I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life. Her smile and her laugh are forever etched in my mind and the love between us will live in my heart.”

As she said, “She grabbed my cheeks with her hands, looked me straight in the eye and said ‘I love you very much.'”

Twenty-seven days after Tara last saw Nana, she died. She passed away four months before Tara was scheduled to walk down the aisle with the love of her life.

“When I said goodbye to her that night, I think we both knew it would be the last time we would see each other,” Tara wrote.

As HuffPost reported, however, Foley would later surprise her family with the photos they took together when her wedding day rolled around in June.

As she 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.”

She said their reaction was priceless.

Sources: AWM, HuffPost

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