Bride's Grandmother Steals the Show as Her 'Flower Fairy'
Keely Crimando says she couldn't imagine her day without her grandmother in a starring role.
Some brides might have a problem with being upstaged on their wedding day, but not Keely Crimando.
Before Crimando married her husband Mike, five "flower fairies" wearing wings and carrying wands sprinkled joy on the guests, and none was more adorable than her grandmother, Dorothy Czartorski.
"She loved every minute of it," Crimando told InsideEdition.com.
Photos taken of her grandmother as she was wheeled down the aisle wearing a flower crown have been liked and shared thousands of times since they were posted to Facebook.
But Crimando said it was a no-brainer to feature her grandmother, who is in her eighties.
"My grandma and I are besties," she said. "Since I was a kid, we’ve always been very close."
They remained close even when Crimando's family moved from Pittsburgh to the Detroit area when she was little.
"Whenever we'd go back, we'd have the best time and she always made sure I gained 10 pounds before I got home with tons of Italian food," she recalled.
So when she read about a bride who had featured their grandmother as the wedding ceremony's flower girl, she immediately thought of her own.
"I thought that was awesome," she said. "I wanted her to be one of the flower fairies because I wanted her to have the whole nine yards: Crown, wings, fairy wand. She's my fairy grandmother!"
Her grandmother was into the idea. An aunt, Kim, chose her outfit, booked her hair appointment and painted her toenails before they headed to Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Mich., for the Oct. 21 wedding.
Another aunt, Flissa, pushed her down the aisle.
"She's everyone's fairy godmother," Crimando said.
Footage taken by her aunt, actress Susan McSwigan Kile, shows the guests' joy. Lara Stephenson, of Lara Rose Photography, said it was a special moment to capture.
"I could tell just how much love and admiration Keely had for her grandma," she told InsideEdition.com. "When Keely was getting ready in the morning and her grandma came into the room, her eyes just lit up — she was so happy she was there.
"Later on in the evening, grandma even managed to make it onto the dance floor! It was such a great night."
Crimando, who is now on her honeymoon, said having her grandmother in a starring role made their wedding day even more special.
"It meant the world to me," Crimando said. "Honestly, her being there made the best day of my life so much better. She was the life of the party and the star of the show. I wanted her to have that because she means so much to me."
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