Photo courtesy of David Harris Photography Morgan McMurrin, right, celebrates her wedding with her grandmother and flower girl, Virginia Linson of Mount Vernon. McMurrin, who grew up in Mount Vernon, married Christoph Shamoun on Nov. 3, 2018.

Photo courtesy of David Harris Photography

Morgan McMurrin, right, celebrates her wedding with her grandmother and flower girl, Virginia Linson of Mount Vernon. McMurrin, who grew up in Mount Vernon, married Christoph Shamoun on Nov. 3, 2018.

MOUNT VERNON — Virginia Linson had never been a flower girl. So when her granddaughter asked if she’d be the flower girl for her wedding, Linson was overjoyed.

“I thought she was teasing for awhile,” admitted the 81-year-old. “I never dreamed I’d be a flower girl, especially at my age.”

“My grandma’s been my very best friend for as long as I can remember,” said Linson’s granddaughter, Morgan McMurrin. Growing up, McMurrin’s grandmother had chauffeured her to dance class, chaperoned her school trips and never missed a cheerleading competition.

“As I got older, she became someone I went to for advice, shared secrets with, leaned on when I was sad and told everything to. She’s always been there for me,” McMurrin added.

Even after McMurrin graduated from Kent State and moved to New York City, the pair kept in constant contact. After she got engaged, her grandmother was the first person she called. But the bride-to-be managed to keep her flower girl idea secret for three months so she could ask her grandmother in person.

“It was kind of hard to keep the secret from her at first because we tell each other everything,” McMurrin said.

When McMurrin came home for Christmas, she gave her grandma a box of rose petals with a note that said “He popped the question, now it’s my turn. Will you be my flower girl?”

“After she read it, she got the biggest grin on her face and was like ‘Me? Really? I’d love to!’ It was the cutest reaction,” McMurrin recalled.

“It blew my mind that I was even asked to be in the wedding,” Linson said. “Let alone be a flower girl, my goodness.”

McMurrin and her fiancé, Christoph, were married in November 2018 at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky. The bride and groom’s parents and McMurrin’s bridal party were the only people who knew about Linson’s role in the wedding prior to the ceremony.

“She definitely stole the show, but I didn’t mind,” McMurrin said. “It made me happy seeing her so happy. I could tell she was having a great time.”

Linson walked down the aisle in a long, pale pink skirt that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses and an airy long sleeved white top.

“The girls put a little bit of makeup on me … They just made me a part of the bridal party,” Linson said. “It was the best experience of my life, it really was.”

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