A wedding is one of the most memorable moments in a person’s life. This is why, as much as possible, the important people in their love should also be present during the big event. Sadly, there are moments when some members of the family cannot help but be absent from the ceremony.
But, as for this bride from Austin, Texas, instead of forcing her grandma to be present on her wedding day, it was her who came to her bringing her gorgeous wedding gown along.
Tara Foley was delicately planning the details for her much-anticipated wedding but deep in her heart, she knew that a treasured member of her family would be missing: her Nana.
According to ABC News, Stasia Foley, 102-year-old is Tara’s grandmother and is staying at a hospice in Naples, Florida, about 1,142 miles away from Taxes.
Stasia was fully aware that Tara is about to get married. So, she already told the nurses of her intention to attend. Sadly, they disapproved as it is too dangerous for her given her age and the current situation of her health.
Tara even recalls being too close to her Nana back when she was still young. She even recalls her Nana visiting them twice a year or more back when they moved to Texas. Their bond is simply incomparable and Stasia played a huge part in Tara’s growth.
With all this in mind, Tara was fully aware of the fact that there was no way her Nana could make it to her wedding in June. So, she made the effort to visit her in January – a visit that revived all their memories together.
Tara flew all the way to Florida straight to the nursing home and even brought with her the wedding dress she will wear down the aisle. Although it still hadn’t undergone all of the necessary alterations, it was enough to give her Nana the vibe of what her wedding would look like.
Then, after some hair and makeup, both Tara and Stasia Foley took part in a professional photoshoot with Red Door Photography and MW Makeup Artistry in Fort Myers, Florida.
Tara Foley said that she chose not to share her plans with her family or friends so that she could later surprise them all with the pictures. Stasia Foley passed away 27 days after the photoshoot.
Through a Facebook post, Foley shared her happy and heartbreaking experience at the same time. In the said post, Tara says, “She grabbed my cheeks with her hands, looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘I love you very much.”
Those few but heartfelt words are what remained in Tara’s heart and mind and she carried those words even to her wedding day.
In June, on the day of her wedding to Matthew Bars, Tara Foley shared the photographs with her family. All of them were shocked, happy, and sad all at once but the photos reminded them that although her Nana can no longer be with them, she is still alive in their hearts, minds, and memories.