Bride's grandad chooses to eat alone next to memorial for late wife

Your wedding is supposed to be the best if not one of the best days of your life. You are, after all, getting married to the person you love most in the entire world. And because it's such a heartwarming affair, pretty much every moment is an ideal photo opportunity.

Usually, the most memorable photos will center around the bride and groom in a way that perfectly encapsulates their love. But at one particular wedding, the grandfather of the bride became the center of everyone's attention when a photo showed him choosing to eat alone at the wedding while facing a memorial for his late wife, Barbara.

He and Barbara had been married for 25 years when she tragically died as a result of colon cancer in 2017.

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The memorial in question is a white rocking chair decorated with fairy lights, photographs of Barbara and a framed message with the words: "We know you would be here today if heaven wasn’t so far away."

When the bride saw the touching photo, which demonstrated just how deeply her grandad Billy loved her grandma, she decided to post it on Twitter, captioning the photo: "Pawpaw sat and ate with mawmaw today at my wedding" along with a sad face emoji.

The photo soon became viral, garnering nearly 19,000 retweets and 177,000 likes. Needless to say, plenty of people felt compelled to comment on the moving moment.

"Your wedding was beautiful and this was the sweetest thing I’ve ever witnessed," one guest wrote.

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"I’m glad we captured this moment and I’m sorry she couldn’t physically be there with you on your big day, but she was definitely there," another replied.

"I rarely reply in Twitter, but this is love," said a third. "These pictures say so much about your pawpaw. Thank you for sharing."

"You are lucky to have such a great role model of what marriage should look like," another chimed in.

So overwhelmed by everyone's kindness, the bride replied to the comments, writing: "I just threw together this little memorial because I knew we both really wanted our passed on loved ones to be a part of our day But it was so special to everyone."