‘A special bond’: Granddaughter makes 72-year-old nanna her bridesmaid Kyran & Joan. Photo Kyran Ewing
Kyran and her bridal party. Photo Kyran Ewing
Joan said she had tears in her eyes watching the couple tie the knot. Photo Kyran Ewing
TweetFacebookWhile Kyran Ewing was an absolute vision in her gorgeous white wedding dress, her 72-year-old grandmother and bridesmaidJoan stole the show.
Deciding on those few friends you trust to be your bridesmaids can be one of the toughest decisions for a bride.
But for Kyran, her number one choice had been obvious since she was a little girl.
Kyran married her long time love Jason during a ceremony at Laurance Wines in Yallingupin Novemberand alongside her gorgeous twenty-something friends in deep blue dresses, her 72-year-old nanna Joan joined her on the altar.
“WhenKyranasked meto be her bridesmaid I was really touched and very surprised,” Joan said.
“I didn’t think I’d heard of a nanna being a bridesmaid, so I had to think about it.”
Joan admitted she hadbeen apprehensive at first to join her granddaughter’s bridal party.
“I didn’t want to spoil her lovely wedding photos being old amongst the beautiful young,” she said.
“I must admit doubting myself a bit on the day of the wedding,but I soon got over that and loved it all.”
Joan joined two other bridesmaidsand altered her own dress in order to feel comfortable. When the time came, shewas walked down the aisle by her husband,affectionately known as ‘grumps’.
Kyran’s decision stemmed from the special bond the two shared since she was youngand said it had been incredibly important to have her grandmother join her other two bridesmaids.
“She was cautious at the beginning. It was something she hadn’t heard of before. Because in her mindshe was going to be standing next to young people all dolled upand she’s a bit olderbut she looked beautiful as always,” Kyran added.
“It was so important to me that she feltappreciated by me and my husband. The fact that she said yes and was a part of my day has been so special.
“I can’t believe I get to have these beautiful photos forever.”
Joan was by Kyran’s side every step of the wayand attended every bridesmaid event with her.
“She even sewed a part of her blue dress inside my wedding dress and my cousin’s dress this year for both our weddingsas ‘something blue’,” Kyran said.
As for any other nannashesitantto be a part of their granddaughter’s special day, Joan has a message:
“Accept it with joy and honour,maybe tweak things a little as I did,but go for it, it’s so special and what a compliment it is,” Joan said.