Ever since this bride was little, she dreamed of having her grandfather officiate at her wedding. Sadly, Brittany Yost's pawpaw, as she called him, passed away in 2016, one year before her recent nuptials.
"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."
However, the bride's sister and groom-to-be Jordon cooked up a surprise that caused a seriously emotional reaction from everyone in the room. As the ceremony was ending and the preacher told everyone to bow their heads in prayer, a familiar voice came on, finishing up the ceremony and pronouncing them man 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 said. "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."
Brittany's sister was married in 2015 and their pawpaw, a reverend, served as the officiant. Jordon and his sister-in-law took the audio from the earlier wedding and cut the part that would match perfectly for Brittany's ceremony—and didn't tell her. The bride and everyone else broke down in tears when they heard pawpaw's voice, and the photographer, Sarah Irvin, couldn't contain herself either.
"I was crying so hard I had to go back and look at the photos immediately to make sure they weren't blurry from me moving so much," Sarah told ABC News. "I have never seen anything like this. The whole crowd was silent except for the sniffles. Even after he said, 'You may kiss the bride,' no one moved."
Even after the surprise was revealed, Brittany couldn't believe that something she thought was impossible actually happened. She said, "All the dreams I had as a little girl came true."
* sniffles * Can you pass the tissues?