Grandparents are such amazing people that newlyweds Josh and Maggie Wakefield knew they both wanted their grandmothers to have a big role in their wedding.
Instead of opting for the traditional walk down the aisle as the honorary grandparent and being seated first out of the immediate family members, the Wakefields decided to ask their grandmothers to be flower girls instead. While this duty is usually reserved for little girls, these grandmas rocked this role.
Joyce Benedict, 75, Maggie’s grandmother, and Drue Fitzgerald, 74, Josh’ grandmother, proudly strolled down the aisle during their grandchildren’s summer wedding in Pennsylvania in June, fulfilling their duty of scattering white rose petals from the woven basket they shared as they walked. The grandmothers loved the smiles they received from wedding guests, who equally loved seeing the grandmothers in their special wedding spotlight. Joyce and Drue even picked out matching formal dresses to wear while they walked.
It only surprised the wedding guests for a moment when they saw the grandparents so involved in the wedding. That’s because the couple visits the grandparents quite frequently, sharing meals and shopping together. Joyce even raised Maggie and her older sister, creating an even tighter bond. Joyce’s husband Ronald Benedict, Sr., Maggie’s grandfather, also walked the bride down the aisle. It meant the world to the newlyweds to have their grandparents as involved in their wedding as they were.
In fact, because Maggie’s father died of colon cancer in 2013, the couple wanted to have as many loved ones as they could participating with them on their wedding day. To memorialize her father on her special day, Maggie carried a locket in her bouquet that contained a picture of her father, so it was almost as he if was present, helping walk her down the aisle, too.
The newlyweds were thrilled to see their grandparents have as much fun as they did at the wedding reception, dancing together and laughing. It was a wonderful wedding and reception for both generations.
The Benedicts and Fitzgerald have been shocked at the attention they’ve received in their role with the wedding. They giggle and smile about it still today.
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