“It means so much to them and it will mean so much more to you,” the bride said, of her flower girls.
Weddings brings families together.
When Lyndsey Raby knew she was about to get married on September 22nd, 2019, she decided to include her grandmothers and great-grandmother and her fiance's grandmom in the wedding festivities.
So instead of having just one flower girl, the flower girls included the bride’s great-grandmother, Kathleen Brown; the groom’s grandmother, Joyce Raby; the bride’s grandmothers, Wanda Grant and Betty Brown.
Raby was sure her wedding to Tanner would not be complete without them in the picture.
“I knew as soon as I was engaged I wanted to involve my grandmothers,” the bride, who tied the knot at Ocoee Crest in Benton, Tennessee, told HuffPost. “I felt so blessed to have them all here so I wanted them to be involved too.”
Wedding photographer Natalie Caho, who shared one of the adorable images on her Instagram, wrote, “I’ve seen a lot of cute flower girls in my day, but these four gals take the cake.”
“Most girls are lucky to even have one grandmother present,” Caho said. “And the fact that [Lyndsey] had four was a big deal that she wanted to savor.” Raby also revealed that the grandmoms were simply "ecstatic" when she asked them to be her flower girls.
“I do believe they were more excited than my bridesmaids,” Raby said. It went so viral, that Raby told TODAY about how “everyone is still talking about my flower girls.”
“I’m so lucky,” she said. “A lot of women don’t get one grandparent at their wedding and I was blessed to have all of them.” All four of them wore matching blue dresses and looked absolutely stunning in them.
“My great-grandmother is the sassiest little thing in the world,” Raby said. “She’s single and always looking for a man." (Potential suitors should have a sweet tooth as Brown is known to hide MoonPies and Little Debbie cakes in her dishwasher, according to the bride.
For her, the sweetest moment of the wedding was when her husband's grandmother bonded with her grandmas. “They’re all besties now and talking on Facebook," Raby shared. But the receptionist said it doesn't really come as a surprise to her. “Family is the most important thing to all of us,” she explained.
FLOWER 'GIRLS': Lyndsey Grant and Tanner Raby from Cleveland, Tennessee, planned a dream wedding that included three grandmothers and a one great-grandma proudly serving as their flower girls. @DavidMuir reports. #AmericaStrong https://t.co/OygOWBmxpy pic.twitter.com/nkC6PusfW6— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) October 23, 2019
“I was not expecting the level of sass that these girls brought. Their energy all day was that of a little girl who was in the same position,” Caho shared. “It truly just goes to show that age is just a number.”
If anyone is considering asking their grandmothers to be a part of their wedding festivities, Raby is all for it, because it means the world to them. “It means so much to them and it will mean so much more to you,” she said.
Representative Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Peter Rutherhagen