Bride Leaves Empty Chair for Late Son and Is Shocked By Who Is Sitting There

When a bride walks down the aisle, she dreams of seeing the most important people of her life joined together. Sadly, that's not always possible. A bride named Becky was set to have her wedding, but she had to leave an empty chair for where her late son Triston would have sat. He passed away at the age of 19, and keeping a chair open for him on her special day was a way of keeping him close. Except, when Becky looked around for the empty seat, she was shocked by what—or rather who—she saw sitting there.

Becky's groom Kelly Turney flew in a young man named Jacob Kilby, who was the recipient of Triston's heart through a heart transplant. “I knew about this surprise but nothing prepares you for the beauty of this moment. I met a man named Jacob Kilby yesterday who is alive because of a heart transplant received from this bride's son, Triston,” writes Love Adventured. “Her son couldn’t be here for the wedding day but Becky's groom Kelly Turney surprised her by flying Jacob up to Alaska to stand in as a groomsmen, carrying Triston’s heart.”

Turney stopped the ceremony so Becky and Jacob could meet, and the emotional impact of the moment quickly brought Becky to tears. Photos from the scene clearly capture her surprise, disbelief, and gratitude at being able to meet the person who her son saved with his heart. “I had the pleasure of hearing Jacob share his gratitude and plans for a heart healthy life to Triston’s sister before the ceremony,” Love Adventured says. Many people in the comments praised the groom for going the extra mile to make his bride's wedding day all the more special.

A bride named Becky Turney placed an empty chair at her wedding for her late son Triston who passed away at the age of 19.

To her surprise, there was a young man seated there who turned out to be the person who received Triston's heart through a heart transplant.

Turney's husband is the one who surprised his new bride to make her wedding day extra special.

h/t: [Upworthy]

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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