(Mankato Free Press, Mankato) – Abby Arlt Mershon and Dustin Mershon had their dream wedding Saturday. Beautiful outdoor venue at the Mankato Golf Club. Perfect pink bouquets. And a spotless white dress.
But it was the flower girl who stole the show.
At 92 years old, Abby’s grandmother, Georgiana Arlt, tossed a path of flower petals as she pushed her walker equipped with basket all the way down the aisle to cheers and applause.
“That was hard work!” she said with a laugh as she finished her duties and took a seat.
Abby, a lifelong resident of North Mankato, told The Free Press she decided bridesmaid wasn’t a prestigious enough role for her beloved grandmother.
“There are multiple bridesmaids. I have always been so close to my grandma, I wanted something more special,” she said. “I thought she should be the one to walk down the aisle right before me.”
Abby also wanted her grandpa to be her ring bearer, but he died a year ago. Although he wasn’t able to be at the ceremony, Abby told told KARE-TV her grandpa had given his blessing to Dustin just a week before he died.
It was Georgiana’s first appearance in a wedding since her own 72 years ago, according to KARE-TV. She still lives on her own in Chaska. She has eight children, 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren — and now, a new grandson-in-law.
Abby, Dustin and Georgiana haven’t gotten much time yet to recuperate from the big day. Abby told The Free Press they’ve been overwhelmed with media requests from the likes of People magazine.
Georgiana used Skype for the first time (with help from another grandchild) for an interview that aired Thursday on “ABC World News Tonight.” A video of Georgiana walking down the isle posted on the “Good Morning America” page had been viewed 1.5 million times as of Thursday evening.
“I am so happy for her that she’s getting this attention because she deserves it,” Abby said about her grandmother. “She is the sweetest lady on earth.”