A Minnesota couple who were forced to call off their big wedding this week still went through with smaller ‘I do’s’ — and made sure to stop by the bride’s grandmother’s nursing home to include her on the special day.
Shauna Varner, 29, and Travis Scepaniak, 30, had planned their nuptials for April 25, but due to the pandemic, they had to scale back.
But Shauna was still determine that her Grandma Janis would see her in her wedding gown, so she and her groom made a pit stop at the Country Manor’s Rapid Recovery & Aquatic Center in Sartell, Minnesota, to spend a moment with the grandmother through the window.
Big day: Shauna Varner and Travis Scepaniak had planned their nuptials for April 25 but scaled back because of the pandemic
Shauna’s Grandma Janis couldn’t leave her Minnesota nursing home but they paid her a visit through the window
Shauna and Travis were meant to married at Whitefish Lodge & Suites in Crosslake. But with the pandemic raging, their large gathering was canceled.
They still planned to tie the knot, but with just immediate family in attendance.
Unfortunately, Shauna’s beloved Grandma Janis couldn’t be there. Janis is currently in isolation at a senior living facility — and as a senior, she’s at higher risk, too.
So Shauna and Travis got creative.
On the big day, she dressed up in her gown and did her hair, while Travis donned his suit. And on the way to the ceremony, they made a first important sop at the senior living home to drop in on Janis.
Sad: Shauna and Travis were meant to married at Whitefish Lodge & Suites in Crosslake. But with the pandemic raging, their large gathering was canceled
The bride and groom turned up in a gown and suit to chat and take pictures with Janis through the window
Priorities: When Shauna tells her grandma that they made sure to come see her first, Janis replies, ‘Good!’
Video of the special moment shows a gleeful Janis looking out the window as her granddaughter approaches with her groom.
She smiles and waves from her wheelchair, and the trio pose for some socially-distanced pictures.
When Shauna tells her grandma that they made sure to come see her first, Janis replies, ‘Good!’
‘Everything looks amazing,’ she tells her granddaughter. ‘You’re beautiful.’
Emily Frericks, director of public relations and marketing, told Good Morning America that Shauna’s dad, Jeff Varner, reached out to set up the meeting.
Excitement: The night before, Grandma Janis was ‘worried she wouldn’t get much sleep with all the anticipation’
So sweet: Janis also recorded herself doing a reading that she was supposed to do at the ceremony, which they sent to Shauna as a surprise
Frericks said that the night before, Grandma Janis was ‘worried she wouldn’t get much sleep with all the anticipation.’
The staff helped her get dressed and did her hair for the occasion.
‘With our salon services being shut down, it took some joint effort from us non-professionals to get her hair fixed, but she was pleased with the final product, which is all that matters,’ she said. ‘She felt beautiful, which was a rewarding feeling for staff.’
They also helped her record herself doing a reading that she was supposed to do at the ceremony, which they sent to Shauna as a surprise.
Meanwhile, the newlyweds are still planning to have an informal reception in the future.