On top of picking out a wedding venue, searching for the perfect wedding dress, and figuring out who to invite to the big day, brides also need to determine who they want in their wedding party. Who will be the maid of honor? How many bridesmaids will there be? And perhaps most importantly, who will be the flower girl?
For Abby Mershon, there was at least one aspect she knew about her wedding before anything else.
She wanted her 92-year-old grandmother to be her flower girl.
In February 2017, a few months after Abby and her boyfriend Dustin Mershon got engaged, Abby had a very important question to ask a very special person in her life. She gathered her entire family together in their hometown of North Mankato, Minnesota and asked her grandmother, Georgina Arlt, if she would be her flower girl.
“I was really, really honored,” Arlt told ABC News.
“Everyone screamed, but she shrieked at the top of her lungs,” Abby told PEOPLE about her family’s reaction to her sweet gesture.
Abby also wanted her grandfather involved in her wedding, as the ring bearer, but sadly he passed away a year ago.
On July 1, 2017, the big day finally arrived. Abby was all set to walk down the aisle to meet her soon-to-be husband, and Arlt, dressed in a silver dress, was ready to make her grand entrance as the flower girl.
The bride-to-be was in hiding when her grandmother walked down the aisle, but she couldn’t help but take a peek.
“My attendant was there for me and she said, ‘Abby you need to hide,'” Abby recalled to ABC News. “But I said, ‘I can’t miss this moment.'”
Arlt walked down the aisle with her walker wrapped in flowers to a piano version of Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl.” The 92-year-old grandmother, who said this was the first wedding she was in besides her own, loved every minute of it.
“I wanted to entertain everybody walking down that aisle,” Arlt told ABC News.
While in every sense it was absolutely perfect, Arlt did mention to Abby she would have liked to throw candy as she walked down the aisle, like she was at a parade, but as Abby said, “she decided to be respectful.”
Arlt had the thrill of a lifetime and spent the rest of the day dancing and celebrating her granddaughter’s wedding with family and friends before retiring to her own bed, where she said she slept the entire night.