In March, we cried over the woman who had to share her engagement news with her grandfather through a window. And now in April, another sweet moment involving a bride, her grandmother and another window is bringing us to tears.
Shauna Varner and Travis Scepaniak were supposed to wed on April 25 in front of family, friends and one very important guest: Varner's grandmother Janis. But when the coronavirus pandemic put Janis's senior care facility, Country Manor in Sartell, Minnesota, on strict lockdown in mid-March, Varner and Scepaniak were forced to accept that Janis wouldn't be with them on their wedding day. That's when the couple decided to get creative.
The morning of the wedding, Country Manor staff helped Janice dress up for the occasion. "With our salon services being shut down, it took some joint effort from us non-professionals to get her hair fixed, but she was pleased with the final product, which is all that matters," Emily Frericks, director of public relations and marketing at Country Manor, told Good Morning America. "She felt beautiful, which was a rewarding feeling for staff."
Before Varner and Scepaniak made their way down the aisle, they visited Janis at her home. With a glass window between them, Varner showed off her bridal style to her grandmother as Janis said, "Your hair looks nice. Everything looks nice. You're beautiful." They spoke through the window, kissed through the glass and were able to share an intimate moment together before Varner said "I do."
Originally, the couple also wanted Janis to say a reading at their wedding ceremony. But, it was Varner's father who came up with a special alternative: Have Janis record the reading and send it to Varner as a surprise. Are you crying yet? We sure are.