Getting your grandmother involved in your bridal party could be the next big wedding trend, and we’re so here for it.
There’s a lot of talk around being a bridesmaid, and not all of it is good. From the weary bridesmaids who report being asked to lose weight for the wedding, to the expense and hassle of planning and attending a hen do, there are enough bridal party horror stories floating around the internet to put you off standing beside your pal on her big day forever.
But our hearts have been warmed by the story (and beautiful pictures) of one bride, who decided to eschew tradition and ask her grandmothers to be part of her bridal party, crowning them her flower girls.
Lyndsey Raby got married at Ocoee Crest in Benton, Tennessee, earlier this month. Wearing a voloumous, tulle gown, she looked stunning as she walked down the aisle at her outdoors ceremony. But before she did, her four ‘flower girls’ sprinkled white petals ahead of her entrance.
The squad was made up of her 90-year-old great grandmother, Kathleen Brown; the groom’s 70-year-old grandmother, Joyce Raby; the bride’s 76-year-old grandmother, Wanda Grant; and her 72-year-old grandmother, Betty Brown.
The women all wore matching outfits of light blue, lace pencil-style dresses with an accompanying jacket. They also carried adorable mini-handbags with the words ‘here comes the bride’ written on them.
Speaking to HuffPost, the bride said: “I felt so blessed to have them all here so I wanted them to be involved too.”
Lyndsey’s photographer Natalie Caho shared the pictures on her Instagram page, and has received huge amounts of attention for capturing the unique flower girl line-up so beautifully.
Sharing a picture of all four women together, Caho said: “I’ve seen a lot of cute flower girls in my day…. but these four gals take the cake.”
She also urged anyone deliberating over doing something a little different on their day to go for it, writing on another post: “If you’re on the fence about having something outside the ordinary at your wedding just do it! Especially if it means something as sweet as this did to you and your family.”
Yes, these women look outrageously fabulous: that much goes without saying. What we love most about these photos, though, is how they symbolise women supporting women throughout the generations, and the importance of being connected to the matriarchs of our families.