Jessica Brown’s grandmother missed her wedding because she had a heart attack, so Jessica brought the wedding to her. In a touching moment that has since gone viral, Jessica and her groom, Tyler, visited the hospital with her family just hours after the wedding.
“It was a really emotional moment,” sister-in-law Amanda Brown, who was also the couple’s wedding photographer, tells Yahoo Style. The visit was a surprise, with Jessica’s parents walking in first. Then, Tyler escorted his bride into the hospital room, almost like they were walking down the aisle together. Jessica, carrying her bouquet, later embraced her grandmother — a moment that was captured by Amanda.
“I knew that the day was really bittersweet for my sister-in-law,” said Amanda. “Her and her granny are very close, so it was so sweet to see her get there and just crawl up in the bed and love on her.”
As Jessica told ABC News, “My granny is the sweetest woman, and has a hug so full of love that it makes the whole world feel okay. … To finally hug her lifted my heavy heart.”
First Coast News notes that the photo is the culmination of an especially emotional week for the Browns. In addition to the the health scare the family dealt with, the groom’s hometown of Bryceville was evacuated due to wildfires. “In a world of crazy and sometimes negative news … people need to see some good!” says Amanda. That goes for the Browns and the public, which has shared and re-shared the loving photo.
For Amanda, it was a surprise but makes sense that so many people would respond so positively to the sweetness of the photo. “I am in total awe and shock at the response this photo has received! I think it makes you stop and reminds you to be thankful for your loved ones,” she says. “I think that’s why it has been shared so much!”
To seal this heartwarming story in the best possible way, Jessica’s grandmother is expected to recover.
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