An Illinois bride came up with a special way to include her beloved grandmother in celebrating her nuptials.
Lauren Parks, 28, decided to host a second wedding so that her 95-year-old grandma, Marie Engelking, who suffers from dementia, could be part of the big day.
Parks’ grandmother was “always such a large part” of her life growing up in Hinsdale, Illinois, but two years ago Marie was placed in a memory care unit, the younger woman told The Post on Friday.
Parks and her 30-year-old fiancé, Tommy Parks, initially came up with a plan to bring her grandmother to the ceremony, though they knew it would be difficult.
“A few months out from the wedding, we thought we had it all figured out,” Parks said in an email. “A registered nurse would pick her up from her memory care unit and bring her back and forth for the 30-minute ceremony. Perfect! But then my parents started discussing it with the people that are taking care of my grandma and they strongly recommended that we didn’t have her attend.”
Instead, the bride decided to bring part of the wedding to her grandmother’s care facility a few days after she tied the knot. She wore her wedding dress and the rest of the family put on formal clothing to visit Marie.
“It was really important to me to have my grandma see me in my wedding dress,” she said. “Seeing her eyes light up as I approached her was such an amazing moment — knowing that I was able to bring her so much happiness and such a big smile to her face.”
The newlywed added: “She probably doesn’t remember June 4, seeing me in my wedding dresses and our impromptu ceremony, but I remember. And I know it made her so happy.”
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