We all want the most important people in our lives in attendance at our wedding, right?
Well, Brittany Yost had an amazing surprise guest at her wedding ceremony in Crab Orchard, West Virginia on July 22. It was her grandfather, Rev. Ronald Adkins, affectionately called PawPaw. Why was this surprising? Because PawPaw had passed away last spring.
Brittany had been close to Adkins—literally and figuratively—having grown up right next door to her grandparents. “He was always there when I needed him and never hesitated to tell me when I was wrong or what to do to make something better,” Brittany told The Huffington Post. “He was always my go-to and one of my biggest supporters, and I was always his helper.”
Brittany had wanted Pawpaw to officiate her wedding, and was heartbroken when he died. However, her groom, Jordon Yost, AKA The Best Husband Ever, along with her brother and sister, arranged for her grandpa to still preside over the ceremony. When the preacher asked everyone to bow their heads to pray, Brittany’s grandfather’s recorded voice was heard through the speakers.
“I immediately recognized his voice and started sobbing,” Brittany told HuffPost. “Different emotions were racing through my head while trying to soak in hearing my grandpa’s voice. I was weak to my knees, chilled, but despite all the tears, I was smiling inside.”
The emotional moment was captured by the couple’s wedding photographer, Sarah Irvin, who shared the touching image on Facebook.
What did PawPaw say? He prayed over the couple, then pronounced them man and wife. Is it just us, or do you need a Kleenex right about now, too? He then said the groom could kiss the bride.
“My sister, brother and husband worked together along with a few others to make this happen,” Brittany said. “Besides the bridal party and those involved, no one knew. Our guests, including myself, were weeping and the emotions and love that flowed through our ceremony was truly touching.” We can imagine!
Brittany’s story went viral after photographer Sarah Irvin posted the photo on Facebook. “I’ve photographed a lot of weddings and this was the most incredible moment I’ve ever had the honor to witness,” Irvin wrote.
We have no doubt, and wish the couple much continued happiness.