"Have you thought about writing your family history, but found yourself stuck from the start? Writing a family narrative can be a daunting task, but Karen Jones Gowen found a way to bring her mother's story to life." (Homespun Magazine)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sharing in the History of a Dress

Approximately 30 years ago this fall my sister and her husband were married. She wore an elegant wedding dress, of a simple design with a lace overlay & long sleeves, also of lace. She called me today to report on her daughter's wedding last week which I unfortunately couldn't attend.

"She wore my wedding dress," my sister said. "And Maggie wants to wear it, too, when she gets married."  So both of her daughters will wear the dress! That is just so cool.

What a lovely thing to wear your mother's wedding dress! Or even a grandmother's vintage one-- which reminds me of that scene in Sleepless in Seattle where Meg Ryan is trying on her grandmother's wedding dress, her mom zips it up and it rips. (haha, Meg Ryan, you're fat)

Anyway, here it is with sleeves shortened, and isn't the bride stunning? What an adorable couple! Congratulations to newlyweds Kari & Kelly!

A simple gesture full of meaning-- sharing the family history through marriage vows and a vintage wedding gown.


  1. Thats a lovely picture and what a nice tradition.
    My mothers wedding dress was from the fifties and had a blue hue to it and was stunning but they were tiny women in those days and I couldnt fit in to it but would have loved to.
    However, I have her rosary beads that I bring everywhere with me in my handbag and my daughter wore them at her Confirmation recently so I love the feeling of the old and new generations blending together.

  2. Awww lovely!! And Kari and Kelly are an adorable and handsome couple.

    The dress is stunning - a true family heirloom - may it continue to dress future brides beautifully!

    Take care

  3. Brigid, what a nice thing to have your mother's rosary beads. They're very personal & meaningful, yet more transportable than a dress, and one size fits all!

    Jennifer, The wedding was in the country and especially with the sleeves cut off, it really fit the whole theme. I'm so sorry I missed it!

    Photos of my daughter's wedding coming soon hehe!

  4. TRADITIONS, are awesome and MUST be maintained! Great stuff!


  5. What a gorgeous, happy couple! I love sharing heirlooms and heritage in this way! It marks the occasion in such a unique way~ Really lovely!


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