Touching image of Grandad eating wedding dinner with late wife melts hearts

Grandad with late wife
The touching image has captured hearts around the world. Photo credit: Twitter.

A US woman's heart-breaking photo of her grandfather during her wedding reception has captured the hearts of the internet.

Sahrah Elswick posted the touching image of her 'Pawpaw' Billy sharing a meal with the memorial to his late wife, Elswick's grandmother.

"Pawpaw sat and ate with mawmaw today at my wedding," Elwick captioned the photo, which has since racked up more than 177,000 likes and almost 20,000 shares.

The family decorated a chair for Elswick's grandmother at the reception, complete with a sign that says "we know you would be here today if heaven wasn't so far away".

In an interview with Best Life, Elswick revealed her grandparents had been married for 45 years before Barbara died of colon cancer.

"I wanted to include her because she was always such an important person in my life and I don't think I could have even had a wedding without her 'there' in some way," Elwick told Best Life.

"My grandpa helped with the trash run in their home town and he went to their house to pick up her garbage and she was outside," Elwick said, when asked how they met.

"He thought she was the most beautiful woman and asked her what her name was and he says the rest is history."

The beautiful moment inspired commenters to share their own stories of relatives who have passed away.

"This is beautiful but also I could cry. One of the main reasons I've been so hesitant to actually go through with a wedding is [because] my dad won't be there to walk me down the aisle or give me away or do a father daughter dance. It makes me so sad. Glad you could have her there," wrote one person

"This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen I'm doing a tribute table for my grandma at my wedding, and I hope it's as beautiful & impactful as yours is," wrote another.

"My nan passed away 3 years ago, and at my aunt's wedding over New year's, there was a table set up for her next to the main table. My grandad stared at it for a good 10 minutes and kissed her portrait. I hope you had a wonderful wedding and I'm sure she was so proud," revealed another.