Right after newlyweds Jessica and Tyler Brown said “I do” in Jacksonville, Florida last weekend, they headed straight to the nearest hospital… for a special family reunion. Dressed in their wedding finery and holding flowers from the ceremony, the pair shared an emotional moment with the bride’s grandmother, who had to miss the big day after suffering a heart attack the night before. The sweet scene was captured in an image that’s now going viral after their wedding photographer shared it on Facebook.
Wanting to include Jessica’s 70-year-old “granny,” Margaret Harris, in the festivities despite her health scare, the bride’s sister suggested a post-wedding hospital visit. “My sister said that if I went up there in my dress it would make us both feel better and make her night,” Jessica told ABC News.”I needed no convincing.”
The bride, who says she is incredibly close with her grandmother, said it was hard to fathom the idea of celebrating without her. “It was the equivalent of not having a parent there,”Jessica said. “This woman helped raise me and become who I am. She’s been there for everything.”
When the couple, their photographer, and six other family members and friends arrived at the hospital, Jessica immediately climbed into her grandmother’s hospital bed to give her a hug. “I think everybody was crying,” photographer Amanda Brown told ABC News. “It was a total surprise [to Margaret].”