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Local Bride Asks Grandma, 89, to Be a Bridesmaid

An 89-year-old grandma shows that you are never too old to stand in the spotlight.

Betty Govern did not have a front row seat for her granddaughter’s May 2 wedding like most family members. Instead, she had the chance to stand right beside the bride as she said “I do.”

Philly bride Christine Quinn asked her grandmother “Nana Betty” to be her bridesmaid for her lavish wedding at the Please Touch Museum. Quinn said her grandmother is her best friend, so the decision to name her as a bridesmaid was a no-brainer.

Even though the decision may have come easy for Quinn, “Nana Betty” needed a little convincing when her granddaughter popped the question. In fact, Quinn said she was “shocked.”

“She asked me about 10 times, ‘Are you sure you want me? I’m an old lady and all of your bridesmaids are so young and pretty,'" Quinn said. “So I reassured her that we all wanted her to be in it. Everyone loves hanging out with Nana Betty."

In addition to having “Nana Betty” by her side, Quinn had other non-traditional elements that made her wedding stand out, such as marrying a man with the same last name and riding on a carousel during the reception.

Quinn said her grandmother played a role in the planning process prior to the wedding. The bride and the rest of the wedding party would “bounce ideas off of her.”

During the reception, "Nana Betty" participated as any young bridesmaid would: dancing the night away. Quinn said she spent the night mingling with the guests and dancing with the bridesmaids and even the groom’s grandmother.

Quinn also noted that having her grandmother stand beside her during the ceremony made the wedding more special than she could have ever imagined.

“My favorite moment was before the ceremony when she asked me, ‘Christine, are you happy?,” Quinn said. “I obviously said yes, and she said, ‘Okay, that’s all I ever wanted.'"

You can check out Christine, “Nana Betty” and the rest of the wedding party in photos taken by Sweetwater Portraits.

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