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By Chrissy Callahan |Today.com
Bride surprises grandmother who couldn’t fly to wedding with a special photo shoot
Bring on the tissues!
As a child, Tara Foley always had a special relationship with her grandmother. And as she grew into adulthood, the 37-year-old came to appreciate the matriarch of her family even more.
So when she got engaged, the realtor knew her nana, Stasia Foley, simply had to be at the wedding. “When she was visiting us in Texas last September, she talked about looking forward to my wedding and how she hoped she would be there,” Foley told TODAY Style via email.
But at 102 years old, Stasia Foley’s health was beginning to decline. Just weeks after her granddaughter found the perfect wedding dress, Foley began receiving hospice care in her Naples, Florida, residence.
“One of the nurses asked her what her goals were and she told them she wanted to be at my wedding, which was still six months away,” Tara Foley said.
On Jan. 28, Foley set out on a trip that only her fiance, Matt Bars, knew about. She flew to Florida to surprise her grandmother with a special photo shoot. “I wanted to make sure I could give Nana her wish, or come as close to it as I possibly could. It was her only goal. I also wanted to give her a sense of peace that it was okay if she couldn’t keep holding on,” she said.
The bride-to-be got her makeup and hair done beforehand and changed into her Stella York wedding dress after greeting the 102-year-old at the door. Her grandmother’s reaction was priceless.