Bride's Special Relative Officiates Her Wedding Ceremony
Cailyn Finkel 10/10/2018
A wedding day is supposed to be a time when family members, friends and loved ones gather to celebrate the bride and groom. But for Brittany Yost, a big piece of her heart was missing on her wedding day.
Little did she know, her groom Jordon had a surprise up his sleeve to ease her pain and make her smile...
Brittany and her grandfather Ronald Adkins were close up until the very moment he passed away at 89 years old. Grandpa Ronald taught Brittany about life, love and the value of hard work.
In an emotional interview with Inside Edition, Brittany explained how caring her grandfather was toward her and anyone else who needed a little extra love.
"I grew up on a farm so he taught me a lot. He was very hardworking and very determined. He was one of the nicest men you would have ever met. He would've done anything for anybody."
As a certified officiant, Grandpa Ronald had promised Brittany that he would marry her in the future. Unfortunately, Grandpa Ronald passed before Brittany and Jordon got engaged.
Brittany told Inside Edition that her grief made it overwhelming when she and Jordon started to discuss selecting an officiant.
"A part of me actually grew angry for the fact that other people had that privilege and had the honor of him there and I wouldn't get to. Way before I was even engaged, we had always talked about [him officiating my wedding].
He always said he would be honored to do so. He knew before he passed away."
After weeks of going back and forth about who would be right for the task since Grandpa Ronald was gone, Brittany left the decision up to Jordon. This part of planning was just too painful to deal with.
That's when an idea struck Jordon. Grandpa Ronald officiated Brittany's sister's wedding the year before and his words were captured on tape forever.
So, with some careful audio editing, Jordon spliced together a new version of Grandpa Ronald's words that was perfect for their wedding. Jordon and Brittany's sister kept the officiant a secret until the day of - and when Grandpa Ronald's voice started playing over the loudspeaker, Brittany was completely shocked.
She knew who was officiating their wedding the second the tape started playing, Jordon explained.
"The very second it started playing, she knew who it was. I didn't know how exactly she'd react to it but it was perfect."
Brittany's shock turned to tears as the tape kept playing.
Thankfully their talented photographer, Sarah Irvin, was there to capture every second of the emotionally charged ceremony! Brittany told Inside Edition that it was the greatest surprise she'd ever received.
"It was the best feeling ever because that's something I'd always wanted. I was filled with joy and happiness, but it also broke my heart too because in reality, he's not actually there."
Even though Grandpa Ronald wasn't able to be there in person, he was there in spirit and it made Brittany's heart full!