Viral Photos Show Bride and Groom Surprising Grandma in the Hospital on Their Wedding Day

National   Emily Derois   Jan 25, 2016   |   1:25PM    Washington, DC

Recently, a charming story celebrating life and family has gone viral.

It was Brian and Lauren Kurtulik’s wedding day. Rather than being absorbed by the festivities of the day, the couple began their married life together by bringing joy to Brian’s grandmother, who was stuck in the hospital, according to an article in Country Living.

It was on their wedding day when Peg McCormack slipped and hurt her ankle. The 91-year old grandmother was heartbroken when she was told that she couldn’t attend the wedding. She was already dressed for the occasion, with “her fancy shoes and corsage,” the photographer Rachel Nolan of Hello Gorgeous Photography explained. After being told that the couple might drop in the next day, she eagerly awaited their visit, the article states.

The couple decided to stop by the hospital before continuing on to the wedding venue. As the bride told The Huffington Post: “She was so excited to watch us get married. She was literally living for this wedding. So we brought the wedding to her.”

This was a special moment for Peg, but for the bride and groom as well. Nolan described the moment: “When we walked into that room, Peg was just floored. Beside herself, really. She just kept saying, ‘I can’t believe you’re here!’ and thanking them profusely for coming to see her. The way she held their hands, touched their faces and just looked at them, you could tell they had such a special bond. I don’t think she let go of Brian’s hand the entire time we were in that room.” Thankfully, Nolan was there to capture this touching scene.

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Sadly, Peg McCormack died a month after this happy occasion. Lauren later wrote about this on Instagram: “Without even knowing it, [visiting our grandmother] was the best decision we made that day. Thank [G]od we did this and got to capture this special moment. THIS is what life is all about. We get so lost in the perfect moments and perfect situations, sometimes we forget about what’s happening right now.”

In this world where the value of life – particularly the lives of the elderly and disabled – is questioned, it is inspiring to see a bride and groom including their grandmother in such a special way. Too often we become so engrossed in unimportant details, that the people in our lives are forgotten. As Rachel Nolan so perfectly put it, “Moments like this? This is what weddings are about. Family and love.”

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