A bride who lost her grandmother shared an emotional moment from her wedding that is inspiring other engaged couples who lost loved ones.

Stay-at-home mom Sahrah Elswick found a way to include her late “mawmaw” in her wedding ceremony and the granddaughter’s touching tribute has warmed the hearts of many.

The 20-year-old from West Virginia tweeted a photo of her 71-year-old grandfather, Billy Gray, eating next to a memorial for his late wife, Barbara, who died of colon cancer at 64 two years ago, reports Yahoo.

While attending his granddaughter’s July 6 wedding, Gray missed his late wife, so he sat and ate his lunch next to the memorial Elswick created on her behalf.

Elswick tweeted the now-viral photo, which has garnered over 170,000 likes since Sunday:

Pawpaw sat and ate with mawmaw today at my wedding.

The tweet was met with a heap of responses from commenters who shared their thoughts on the picture. One person wrote:

Your wedding was beautiful and this was the sweetest thing I’ve ever witnessed. 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 person thanked Elswick for showing the heartfelt way she honored her deceased loved one on her big day. The commenter wrote:

This is beautiful but also I could cry. One of the main reasons I’ve been so hesitant to actually go through w a wedding is bc my dad won’t be there to walk me down the aisle or give me away or do a father-daughter dance. It makes me so sad. Glad you could have her there somehow.

The 20-year-old said her “mawmaw” was her best friend and she knew that she would be watching her nuptials from heaven. However, she didn’t know her grandfather “wanted to sit with her,” and she immediately broke down in tears when she witnessed the moment.

She said:

“It just blew me away.”

Billy and Barbara were married for 45 years.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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