Grandparents hold a special place in our lives; and for some people, they are not only their grandparents, but they double as the parents who guide them from childhood into adulthood. At the age of 10, entrepreneur Fu Xuewei was raised by her grandparents and formed a special bond with them. Now at 25, she is the one who is looking out for them—particularly her 87-year-old grandfather. She recently helped him realize a long-standing dream he’s had for her. In a heartwarming tribute to her grandfather, Xuewei planned a special wedding photo shoot with just the two of them.
There is no groom in any of Xuewei’s photos, and that’s because there is no groom at all; Xuewei is single (with no current plans to wed), but it’s always been her grandfather’s wish to see her become a bride. When he became seriously ill, Xuewei wasn’t sure that her grandfather would live long enough to see her tie the knot.
Her grandfather’s critical condition changed how Xuewei lives her life. Knowing that he could pass away at any time, she decided to cherish every moment she has left with him. It’s why she arranged the photo shoot in secret; Xuewei only told him during a check-up at the hospital. She chose the suits and, after his appointment, they headed to a church to have their pictures taken. The resulting portraits are a beautiful depiction of love and familial bond—something that Xuewei will be able to cherish long after her grandfather is gone.