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Sep 1, 2019 | News

Brittany Wong | Senior Lifestyle Reporter, HuffPost

When Tara Foley’s grandma, Stasia, was put in hospice care in Naples, Florida, last winter, the head nurse asked the 102-year-old if she had any goals for the next few months.

She had one biggie on her list: To make it to Foley’s wedding in Austin, Texas, come June.

It was a lovely thought, but unlikely to happen: Given her advanced age and ongoing heart problems, doctors didn’t want Stasia flying anymore.
Foley knew in her heart that her grandma was still gung-ho on going, and probably holding on in the hopes that they’d make it happen somehow.
“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,” Foley told HuffPost.

If Stasia couldn’t make it to the wedding, Foley was determined to give her the next best thing: Without anyone in her family knowing, the bride-to-be grabbed her unaltered wedding gown and flew from her home in Austin, Texas, to her grandmother in Florida.

She tapped local photographer Marie Kamp of Red Door Photography to take photos of the January 2019 visit, which was a total surprise for her grandma.


A bride fulfilled her late grandmother’s wish to be at her wedding by surprising her with an emotional dress reveal

Darcy Schild |

Tara Foley was always fascinated by the life of her late grandmother, Stasia, who lived to be almost 103 years old.  

This past January, when Foley was a bride-to-be preparing for her June wedding, she learned that her grandmother was in hospice care and unable to travel to attend the wedding.

“She told a nurse that her goal was to attend my wedding, even though she wasn’t allowed or able to get on a plane,” Foley told Insider. “I knew she wanted so badly to be there, and I wanted her to be there.”

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

With her unaltered white gown in tow, Foley flew from her home in Austin, Texas, to her grandmother’s care facility in Florida. Foley arranged a photographer to capture the surprise.

“We knew what [Tara] was going to do, but to see it in person was really special,” said Marie Kamp of Red Door Photography, who was behind the lens that day.



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