Like all young people waiting to wed, Tara Foley felt ecstatic bout her upcoming wedding day. However, as the day approached, one dark cloud continued to eclipse her special day. Foley’s family informed her that her beloved, 102-year-old grandma Stasia Foley, could not attend the ceremony or reception. So, the bride-to-be decided to do something about it! Tara worked hard to surprise her grandmother in the best way possible, something as close to going to the wedding as she could. Read on to discover the bride’s incredible gift…
The Bride And Her Beloved Grandma
37-year-old Tara Foley works in Texas as a realtor. Meanwhile, Stasia Foley lives in a hospice care facility in Naples, Florida. Still, the young bride said in an interview with TODAY that last September, her grandma shared with her that she was looking forward to the wedding. “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.”
Unfortunately, over that time, Stasia’s health began to decline. Her worsening health worried the entire family, especially her engaged granddaughter. Not satisfied with this ending, Tara decided to do something about it!
The Huge Surprise
And it wasn’t just her! Everyone in the family wanted Stasia to attend Tara’s wedding. So, Tara started to think: how could she bring the wedding to her grandmother? In a few days, she had figured out the next best thing to her nana attending the ceremony.
In a secret trip that only Foley’s fiance knew of, Tara drove to Florida to surprise her grandmother with a wedding photoshoot. The engaged young woman felt it essential to give her grandmother “a sense of peace that it was okay if she couldn’t keep holding on.” Furthermore, Tara wanted to fulfill her grandmother’s wish as best she could.
Tara planned every bit of the surprise out in advance. First, she used the same hair and makeup routine she would on her wedding day. Then, just before entire the hospice care facility, Tara changed into her wedding dress. Now, the time finally came to make her grandmother’s dream come true…
“We Went Dancing!”
Needless to say, Stasia felt shocked and elevated with joy. Not only had her granddaughter arrived for a surprise visit, but she also thought of everything. Tara said, “Nana was so happy when she first saw me in my dress. She held out her arms to me, and I knelt down in front of her. She kissed me and just kept looking at my dress, touching the tulle, looking at me, and telling me I was beautiful. It made her day, she was so excited and touched, and we both got teary-eyed.”
The two enjoyed a marvelous afternoon, and the photos show it! The bride and her grandma, generations apart, look beautiful, excited, and happy with their time together. And the surprise did not end there! Tara requested her grandma to keep the visit a secret, as she had yet another plan in mind. When asked what she would tell family members, Stasia said, “I’ll tell them we went dancing!”
One Surprise After The Other
Heartbreakingly, Stasia passed away a month after the wedding. “It was one of the best days of my life, and I will never forget that day we spent together. Nana had become a bit frail, but it was almost as if her younger self emerged that day. We got lost in the moment together, forgetting the camera was there and just laughed and loved each other. The way she looked at me, her smile, her eyes, her touch – those memories will be etched in my heart for the rest of my life. It was an indescribable day and meant everything to both of us.”
After the wedding, the bride revealed to her family the photos with her grandma. As you might imagine, everyone felt overwhelmed with emotions. Her father even initially thought the bride had photoshopped his mother into the pictures. Soon enough, everyone was crying together.
However, Foley also found her grandma had a surprise for her, too. “Nana had made me a small white keepsake box that my mom presented to me about two weeks prior to my wedding. Little did I know that Nana had a surprise up her sleeve too.” Apparently, surprise gifts run in the family!