Newlywed Bride Flies 800 Miles to Visit Her Ailing Grandad So She Could Have Her “First Dance” With Him

Newlywed Bride Flies 800 Miles to Visit Her Ailing Grandad So She Could Have Her “First Dance” With Him

Her grandfather, 94-year-old Nelson May, suffered a stroke just two weeks before his granddaughter's big day, which was why he couldn't travel.

When Natalie Browning got married to Cooper on June 27, 2021, in Virginia, she missed her grandfather's presence deeply. Just two weeks before Browning's big day, 94-year-old Nelson May, who is based in Florida, suffered a stroke, reports Fox News.

The 24-year-old newlywed knew May was looking forward to dancing with Browning on her big day for months, but because of his health, he was forbidden from traveling. However, Browning was determined to take a piece of her wedding to her grandpa.

So she decided to fly across the country, on August 1, 2021, with her wedding dress in tow, just so she could have her "first dance" with her grandpa. 

In a 27-second long video shared by SWNS on YouTube, the woman can be seen leaving her home early in the morning, with her gown —wrapped in pink plastic— in tow, to make it to her flight. Once she reaches the airport, she does her makeup and then boards the flight. Once she reaches her grandfather's home, she changes into the gown to surprise him, shares Daily Mail



"For months he'd been so excited to dance with me on my wedding night and I'm just so happy that I was able to give him that experience," Browning said. "I don't get to see him very often so it truly was a special day." 

Despite not being in the best of health, May didn't disappoint and even broke out into some smooth movies in his living room. The whole exchange between him and his beloved grandaughter is sure to put a smile on your face!

It was definitely not easy for Browning, to plan and execute the whole thing. "Getting the wedding dress through the airport was a struggle, to say the least, but it was all worth it when I saw his amazing reaction," she added

Browning, a jeweler based in Virginia Beach, revealed she is grateful she had an opportunity to make her grandpa smile.


"I run a small jewelry business called Of Great Value that is centered around reminding people that they are deeply valuable," she said. "I've been trying to implement that belief more in my own life and wanted my grandpa to know that he is incredibly valuable to me, and even though he was unable to come to my wedding, that the dance he so desired to have with me was valuable too. So, we made it happen."





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