Bride Has A Surprise Photo Shoot With Her Terminally Ill Grandma, And We Can't Stop Crying

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Bride Has A Surprise Photo Shoot With Her Terminally Ill Grandma, And We Can't Stop Crying

Post by Didge on Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:30 pm

Bride-to-be Brittany Marr received devastating news last December that her grandmother Ellen had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. The cancer was controlled for months, but then Brittany got a phone call that the cancer had now spread to her grandmother's bones.
Ellen called Brittany and told her that she was worried she wouldn't be able to dance with her at the wedding. So Brittany took matters into her own hands...



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"My grandma was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer last year before Christmas," Brittany wrote in a Facebook post. "It was in her left breast and her bones in her back. The cancer was eating her bones which had caused her to have extreme pain and break bones in her back easily. She had chemo and radiation, months of not being able to sleep in her own bed because of the risks and pain. She had to wear, what we called, her turtle shell to help with keeping her spine straight and her back in place for healing. The cancer has been controlled for a few months.


I just got a call this morning that she had been having lots of odd pain in her arm and was sent in to see a doctor immediately and did some tests to find out she has three more spots that have started in her arm and radiation is to start ASAP.
After having a conversation over the phone with her, she just cried to me about how much she wants to be able to dance at my wedding. I reassured her I know this is simply a bump in the road and I know she will do just that.


I'd like to capture through pictures the love I have for her and the love she gives me. Life is too special and short when you have special people in your life, to take them for granted."



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Brittany won a photo shoot contest with Copper + Pine who captured a "first look" so her grandmother could see her in her wedding dress. They also had a wedding dance and exchanged letters.
"We danced together to 'I'm Gonna Love You Through It' by Martina McBride," Brittany wrote.



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Photographer Mikayla Miller told Brittany to plan for a first look shoot at a wedding, except with her grandmother instead of the groom.


"We began their session just taking portraits, chatting, and I really tried to step back and just let them enjoy the time with each other," Miller wrote on Facebook. "They brought out the letters they had each written the other, opened them, and shared those together."



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"After they were finished, they each changed into their wedding outfits. Ellen stood out in the field and I told her to close her eyes and wait until Brittany was close enough to tap her shoulder. Her grandma's reaction when she finally saw, was the sweetest thing, she just held her hands to her face. It was genuinely the most loving moment I've ever captured."



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"The bond that those two share is absolutely incredible. I actually do not know what the letters said and didn't ask, although Brittany did keep laughing about the memories her grandma had written about in her letter as she was reading them. They cried and laughed."



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"The dance that they shared together was probably the thing that stuck out the most. Brittany picked out the song and left it a surprise for her grandma. It was the only time during the session where Brittany and grandma really, really cried together."



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Post by Syl on Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:32 pm

There is pure love and joy on their faces...more laughter than tears happily.
What a beautiful way to show love....I hope nan is still around when that lovely grand daughter gets married for real so they can dance together again.

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Post by Didge on Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:50 pm

Syl wrote:There is pure love and joy on their faces...more laughter than tears happily.
What a beautiful way to show love....I hope nan is still around when that lovely grand daughter gets married for real so they can dance together again.


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Post by Syl on Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:52 pm

It was very very touching....that, and the story about the dying chimp have made me cry in the last two days.

I am getting very soft in my old age. Sad

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Post by Didge on Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:55 pm

Syl wrote:It was very very touching....that, and the story about the dying chimp have made me cry in the last two days.

I am getting very soft in my old age. Sad


Its not being soft, but trying to connect to the emotions of others. Trying to place yourself in their shoes.

Empathic intelligence. Something you and Eddie have in abundance.

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Post by Syl on Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:06 pm

Thank you Didge.

You always find the most amazing real life stories and videos.

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Post by Didge on Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:07 pm

Syl wrote:Thank you Didge.

You always find the most amazing real life stories and videos.


You are welcome Syl and thanks also

Enjoy your evening

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Post by magica on Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:45 pm

Wonderful story. You could feel their love..

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Post by Didge on Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:03 pm

magica wrote:Wonderful story. You could feel their love..

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Post by eddie on Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:45 pm

Simply stunning. What lovely memories captured in pictures.

I really should take more photos.

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Post by Vicar of Dibley (vod) on Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:25 pm

So beautiful - I've spent the whole day crying over something or other - today is six months since my dad passed so I'm very emotional .


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Post by gelico on Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:29 pm


I'm like syl, a blubbed like a baby over the chimp, and now i'm bawling my eyes out over this. What a beautiful story, we need more like this. thanks for sharing, didge x

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Post by Syl on Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:46 pm

Vicar of Dibley (vod) wrote:So beautiful - I've spent the whole day crying over something or other - today is six months since my dad passed so I'm very emotional .


The grief is still very raw after only six months Vod, its normal to feel emotional.
Remember the good times with your dad, they will always be with you. x

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