Acts of Kindness
Bride and groom give first dance to groom’s grandparents who never got one
It's a dance that's been 65 years in the making and it couldn't have been more beautiful. 💘
Elijah Chan
05.19.22

Nothing is as sweet as seeing a newly wedded couple share the dance floor.

This first dance serves as the culmination of the ceremonies and for the first time, the couple will be presented to the people as husband and wife.

It’s a special moment for all.

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It is for this reason that a lot of couples and families consider this an important part of the program. So what if a couple gives up this privilege?

Zachary and Samantha Graff waltzed into the reception hall.

Adoring family members extended their congratulations and cheered as the couple took to the dance floor for the first time.

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Then, just as people were expecting their intimate waltz, Zachary made an announcement that surprised their audience.

They wouldn’t be having their first dance. Or at least, they wouldn’t be the first to dance.

Zachary called on his grandparents.

Elaine and Morty Graff to the dance floor instead.The older couple didn’t know what was happening or why they were called.

Soon enough, Zachary explained to their family and friends that they were giving their grandparents a gift they’ll never forget.

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They wanted their grandparents to finally have their first dance like they should’ve had years ago.

Elaine and Morty never had their first dance.

The couple married in 1957.

But they never had the chance to fully celebrate as there was a recent death in the family.

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YouTube Screenshot - Inside Edition

As per Jewish tradition, no music or dancing is allowed throughout the mourning process.

They had different reactions to the incident.

“Morty isn’t a dancer to begin with, so,” Elaine tells Inside Edition, trying to show that she doesn’t really mind.

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“As little dancing as I do, I wanted to dance with my bride,” Morty said to the news outlet, however.

65 years later, they finally got to.

“Grammy and grandpa, come to the dance floor,” the groom said during the reception, alongside his bride, Samantha. “You’re gonna have your first dance with the song that you wanted.”

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Back in 1957, Elaine and Morty would’ve danced to the tune of “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”.

The song was used in the 1955 movie with the same title. The song also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Zachary and Samantha danced to the same song.

And instead of them, Elaine and Morty shared that very special moment.

They waltzed in front of family and friends while the couple sang the words of the song.

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YouTube Screenshot - Inside Edition

“We don’t mind giving away the spotlight. It was for grammy and grandpa. And we would do anything for them,” Samantha said to Inside Edition.

For Elaine and Morty, the gesture meant the world.

“On their special day to give us that honor, it was just — oh my God,” Elaine said to the news outlet.

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YouTube Screenshot - Inside Edition

Their dance and Zachary and Samantha’s only go to show that love can be shared, most especially on your most special day.

See Elaine and Morty get their first dance in the video below!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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