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Say Yes to the Dress!


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“Nana & I had gone shopping for wedding gowns and the beaded ones were so expensive, so we bought this one and Nana proceeded to hand bead the dress and the train with hundreds of tiny pearls and seed pearls. It truly was a labor of love, but just one more that she did lovingly,” wrote Auntie M.

My aunt was right. I did appreciate the Nana story and once again being reminded of her dogged determination. Nana may not have had the money for the dress her daughter wanted, but she had the resolve to make her something damn close.


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So, with the same determination as her mother had had sewing the beads, my aunt attempted to get the dress into fighting shape. Having been boxed up for 45 years, Auntie M spent eight hours on Sunday soaking and rinsing the dress. The result? White. Wedding white.


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So while I’m still gung ho for getting rid of used wedding dresses, I will admit that sometimes when it comes to sentimental stuff, sometimes you’ve got no choice, but to keep it.

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