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Photo reveals bride's heartbreaking gift to husband

Photo reveals bride's heartbreaking gift to husband

A Sydney photographer has captured the heartbreaking moment a bride reunited her new husband with his elderly grandparents on their wedding day. 

Christine and Peter tied the knot on Sunday, September 26 with Christine surprising her husband with a visit to his grandparent’s nursing home after the ceremony. The groom’s parents were unable to attend the wedding because of NSW’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Peter, who was led from the car to the front door with a blindfold on, found his grandparents on the other side of a glass window, dressed int heir formal wear.

Photographer Brendan Samuels took to Facebook to post the touching images reminded everything of the “hard reality of this pandemic”.

“As a surprise, Christine had organised a special visit to Peter’s grandparents who are in a nursing home and weren’t able to come to the wedding,” the post reads.

“With his blindfold on, Peter hopped out of my car and we walked up to the front door. As he took the blindfold off he realised we weren’t taking night photos & he had a smile from cheek to cheek when he saw his grandparents.”

Peter’s grandfather was dressed in a suit, with his grandmother wearing her “special And Pow (Red pocket) and it was passed underneath the glass doors”.

An Ang Pow is a monetary gift, in Chinese and other east and southeast Asian societies, given during holidays or special occasions such as weddings and graduation.

“With the exchange of quiet murmurs you could feel the hard reality of how this pandemic is hurting our desire for relationships & spending time with our loved ones,” Mr Samuels wrote.

“Peter’s grandpa started praying. I don’t know exactly what he was saying, but one thing I can say for certain is that a prayer had been answered as it was being prayed.”

The hardest moment to watch was when Peter’s grandparents had to say goodbye and were wheeled back to their rooms, Mr Samuels wrote.

“I felt for Peter, I felt for his grandparents. For a moment or two, I’d almost forgotten that I was there to photograph as I wiped away my tears.”

He ended the post with a plea for people to “up the amount of times you talk to your grandparents”.

“They’re the ones who can’t live in the ‘new normal’. Send them video messages. Put a letter in the post and send it to them. They’re the ones who baby sat us whilst our parents went to work. They’re the ones that talk proudly of you amongst their friends and they’re the ones who help us to understand unconditional love.”