Instead of going with tradition, she decided to have her two grandmothers, her great-grandmother, and her husband’s paternal grandmother be her flower girls.
When Lyndsey Grant Raby recently got married, she did things a little differently. Instead of one flower girl, she actually had four. They were all dressed in sparkly blue lace dresses with matching jackets and carried “Here Comes the Bride” baskets. There was one other difference as well, instead of being 7-years-old, her flower girls were actually all over 70.
Instead of going with tradition, Raby decided to have her two grandmothers, her great-grandmother, and her husband’s paternal grandmother be her flower girls and walk down the aisle ahead of her scattering white petals.
“I do believe they were more excited than my bridesmaids,” Raby said to the Huffington Post, explaining her grandmothers’ reactions to being her flower girls.
Raby’s wedding photographer, Natalie Caho, wrote in an Instagram post, “I’ve seen a lot of cute flower girls in my day … but these four gals take the cake.”
Pictured with the bride, from left to right, are the bride’s great-grandmother, Kathleen Brown, aged 90; the groom’s grandmother, Joyce Raby, aged 70; the bride’s grandmother, Wanda Grant, aged 76; and the bride’s grandmother, Betty Brown, aged 72.
The groom’s maternal grandmother was unable to participate because of health reasons.
Photographer Caho posted another Instagram photo of the bride and her great-grandmother Kathleen, and said, “if you’re on the fence about having something outside the ordinary at your wedding just do it! Especially if it means something as sweet as this did to you and your family.”
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Today my inbox was flooded with press I never dreamed of speaking with but they caught wind of the cuteness from @lyndseygrantraby ‘s wedding involving FOUR of her grandmothers as flower girls after @huffpost shared the story and wanted the deetz. You might see these sweet souls on your local @wrcbtv News Channel 3 tonight and wake up to their smiling faces tomorrow on @thetodayshow to name a few… if you’re on the fence about having something outside the ordinary at your wedding just do it! Especially if it means something as sweet as this did to you and your family.
The wedding occurred on the 22nd of September at Ocoee Crest in Benton, Tennessee.
Wanda Grant, the bride’s paternal grandmother, wrote on one of her granddaughter’s Facebook posts prior to the wedding, “This is where I get to be a flower girl! Never been one before. Thank you, Lyndsey, for thinking of your grandmas sic and letting us celebrate this exciting day!”
Joyce Raby, the groom’s grandmother, also commented on that post, saying it was her first flower girl experience as well.
“Yes thank you Lyndsey and Tanner I have never been a flower girl this is so exciting and love you all so much,” she said.
A picture from Raby’s Facebook page shows several of her adorable flower girls walking down the aisle:
After Huffington Post, Good Morning America, Today and other news outlets picked up on the story, the grandma flower girls went viral.