“Family is very important to me and I could not have imagined anyone else pronouncing us husband and wife besides my papaw.”
Brittany Yost always dreamed that her beloved grandfather, Rev. Ronald Adkins, would one day officiate her wedding. Sadly her pawpaw passed away in 2016, a year before she and her fiancé Jordon made it to the altar in Crab Orchard, West Virginia last week. As far as she was concerned, her dream was dashed.
"From the time I was little, I knew I wanted him to officiate my wedding and he always told me he would be honored to do so," Brittany told ABC News. "Truthfully, I would've been honored to have him there."
Unbeknownst to her, her family was determined to get him there.
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As the July 22 ceremony was nearing its end, the preacher asked the guests to bow their heads in prayer. That’s when the voice of Brittany’s pawpaw came over the speaker. She sobbed as he prayed over them couple and announced them as husband and wife.
"When I first heard a voice over the speaker, I knew immediately who it was. My heart shattered, but I felt so much joy and happiness through all the tears," Brittany recalled to ABC News. "The emotion and chills that filled my body are indescribable. I was weak to my knees, but I felt his presence. A calming came over me and I felt a weight lift off because my dream came true, all thanks to my sister and Jordon."
How did they do it? Before he passed, Adkins had officiated the wedding of Brittany’s sister. Knowing how much it would mean to Brittany to have pawpaw at her wedding too, Jordon and her sister arranged to have the audio played during her ceremony.
"Having him pray over our wedding was the most memorable moment and one I will cherish forever. Family is very important to me and I could not have imagined anyone else pronouncing us husband and wife besides my papaw," she told ABC. "All the dreams I had as a little girl came true."