When you think destination wedding what comes to mind? Guests flying to Hawaii, France or some exotic locale? Well, this inspiring couple just gave it an entirely new meaning. Instead of bringing the guests to the wedding, they brought the wedding to the guests, or rather one very special guest, the groom’s 100-year-old grandmother Charlotte Brussard.
Texas couple, Sky Howard and Clay Cameron chose to have a very special wedding ceremony at Hemphill County Hospital in Hemphill County Texas for Cameron’s grandmother Charlotte, 100. Affectionately known by friends and family as “Granny,” centenarian Brussard looked on from her bed as the happy couple exchanged vows.
“She’s the matriarch of the family,” explained Howard. “Granny is a firecracker, she’s got a lot of spunk. She’s always had a really fun, sharp personality.”
Cameron and Howard have been together since 2015 and their original plan was to marry New Year’s Eve, 2020. But having “Granny” Brussard present for the ceremony took priority over their plans.
“Her health declined pretty rapidly and she was put in hospice. That worried us. We didn’t want her to miss that moment,” Howard explained.
So the family decided to host a mock ceremony complete with bridal gown and vows for their beloved grandmother in her hospital room. According to Howard there was not a dry eye to be seen.
“Granny” Bussard was born in 1918 and will celebrate year 101 in November of this year. She worked for years as a nurse, has 2 children, 4 grandchildren (including grandson Cameron) and 4 great-grandchildren. When the matriarch’s health took a turn for the worse earlier this year, Howard and Cameron knew they had to make sure she was a part of their nuptials, hence a hospital room ceremony. Since the wedding, Bussard’s health has happily been on the mend and she has been moved from hospital to assisted living.
According to the photographer for the special day, Amy Taylor, “Everyone in the room was warm and happy. The way she (Brussard) was looking at Sky and Clay was amazing.”