Bride Asks 94-Year-Old Grandma To Serve As Flower Girl

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Sep 14, 2014

Putting a little spin on a traditional wedding can really pay off as one bride who decided to have her 94-year-old grandmother can attest. Laura VanPelt’s wedding took place just outside her parent’s home in Michigan and looked like your average outdoor wedding, except of course for grandma Helen Kavanagh’s role of flower girl.

Though VanPelt’s family is probably not short of little girls who would look absolutely fabulous wrapped up in a white tulle dress, her decision to ask her grandma to serve as the role of flower girl was an easy one. Michigan website MLive reports about the unique wedding choice and Kavanagh’s reaction to being asked to fulfill such a role.

Kavanagh explains, “When she asked me, I just laughed. I thought she was kidding, of course.” She adds, “But then she said ‘No, grandma, I’m not. I want you to be my flower girl.” It didn’t take Kavanagh long to accept the honor and the rest is family history.

Though almost 95, Kavanagh (a cake baker and designer by trade) managed to make a few trays of dessert bars and 200 truffles for her granddaughter’s wedding. And while walking down the aisle throwing petals in her role as flower girl, Kavanagh laughed and grinned all the way. When speaking of her experience as flower girl at VanPelt’s wedding Kavanagh describes it as, “the biggest thrill I’ve ever had I think.”

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firegal50 by firegal50 | EUBANK, KY
Nov 05, 2014

thats so sweet very touching

Brandywww by Brandywww | FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Oct 01, 2014

I think it is FANTASTIC! Love this! I just wish my mother was still with us, she would have been turning 90 this year and she would have been a wonderful flower girl for any of her grandchildren! Miss You MOM!

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Sep 25, 2014

That is so sweet. What a special way to involve this special member of the family in her wedding!

Happily by Happily | FRANKLIN, MA
Sep 25, 2014

In May, my son and his fiancee asked each of their Grandma's to be the flower girls. Both Grams loved it and were honored to be asked. They looked gorgeous and laughed their way down the aisle. I think this is a trend worth continuing.

missmisy19 by missmisy19 | NAPLES, ME
Sep 25, 2014

I think this is amazing and if my grandmother was alive i would have doe the same. Very touching and loveing girl.

Jennyfr by Jennyfr | FOND DU LAC, WI
Sep 24, 2014

I think it is absolutely wonderful that she did this with her Grandma and obviously everyone at the event loved it too. When I got married I had my Mom "give me away" and she was so honored! Most of the guests thought it was great and a few thought it was odd but over the years since then there are many other non-traditional weddings. I love it when I go to a wedding that is "different" because it means a lot of thought was put into it.

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LoriR13 by LoriR13 | BROWNSTOWN, MI
Sep 15, 2014

This is adorable. It's a great way to include Grandma in the wedding, this isn't as untraditional as some weddings nowadays. Including your family in your special day is always a great thing!

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Sep 14, 2014

I think it's fantastic! Grandma's are extra extra special.