When Brittany Yost married husband Jordan Yost on July 22, she knew she that there would be one thing missing from her special day—her ‘Paw paw’ Rev.Ronald Adkins, who passed away in the year 2016. The pair tied the knot last month in Crab Orchard, West Virginia, and though Brittany was devastated that her grandfather couldn’t be there in person, her family had an emotional surprise for her.
Brittany Yost said to reporters from ABC News, “From the time I was little, I knew I wanted him to officiate my wedding and he always told me he would be honored to do so. Truthfully, I would’ve been honored to have him there.”
In 2015, Paw paw was the officiant at Brittany’s sister’s wedding. That’s where inspiration struck to make Brittany’s wedding extra special. Towards the end of the ceremony, the preacher requested that guests bow their heads for a final prayer, when a voice came over the loudspeaker. It was Paw paw, praying over the couple’s marriage and pronouncing them “husband and wife”.
Brittany said of the powerful moment,”When I first heard a voice over the speaker, I knew immediately who it was. My heart shattered, but I felt so much joy and happiness through all the tears. The emotion and chills that filled my body are indescribable. I was weak to my knees, but I felt his presence. A calming came over me and I felt a weight lift off because my dream came true, all thanks to my sister and Jordon.”
Yost’s sister pulled off the stunt by using an audio recording of the girls’ grandfather from her own wedding two years prior. Brittany and Jordon took it as an auspicious start to their union. Even the photographer, Sarah Irvin was completely overcome with emotion, saying that she had to check that the photos she was taking of the couple at the time weren’t blurry.
“Having him pray over our wedding was the most memorable moment and one I will cherish forever. Family is very important to me and I could not have imagined anyone else pronouncing us husband and wife besides my papaw,” she said. “All the dreams I had as a little girl came true.”