Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress. Satin, not white but “blush”. Seed pearls at the neck, inset of tulle.

This dress was made by my grandmother. It was slightly rosy because my grandmother said my mother was too pale and she needed color. It fit when it was made but by the wedding, Mother had lost weight — you can see it’s slightly baggy. She and my daddy were very happy; all my life I knew that!

When I married my hubby, Mother offered me the dress. I was thrilled; also thrilled that it fit. Although the tulle had disintigrated, Mother replaced it.

We had a simple wedding, with cheesecake made by our next door neighbor, my sister sang, Mother sewed the tablecloths and we found a sell-out of violets, so there were flowers everywhere. We’ve been married many years now. If happiness can be handed down through a dress, I’d recommend this one.

Funny thing, years later I was visiting Mother and saw her wedding picture. My first thought, “Why is she wearing my dress?” A small example of how we are always the star in our own lives, even if we try not to be…


  1. Barb Nickelson says:

    Hi Terri,

    I’m wondering about the violets for the tables at your wedding. Were they also a nod to the past? I remember my Mom, Evelyn, telling about a wedding being planned during the early years of WWII and there being no fresh flowers available, so available African violets were purchased and put into pretty baskets for the attendants to carry. I think that it was your parents’ wedding, but I’m not certain.

  2. admin says:

    Never heard that story! No, I was living in CA at the time and came home a week before the wedding. Mother had sewn table cloths in a beautiful pink and lavender plaid but she suddenly realized there were no flowers. I said it would work out. We were in a store looking for something else when we saw the racks of violet plants. Bought out the store – they looked wonderful on the table cloths. I didn’t carry a flower as I remember. (You just hand them off when you reach the altar, which in our case was the big tree in Mother’s back yard.) Thanks for the memory!

  3. A lovely dress and a lovely story. If only everyone else’s marriages turned out so well!

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