More Than Just A Dress...
Wedding gowns are one of the most memorable and special aspects of a wedding. They not only represent the personality of the bride, but also the mood of the time, and it is often the first thing that every little girl dreams of when she envisions her big day. I cherish the photos of my mother in her wedding dress because they capture a beautiful moment in her life that I can see made her very happy.
I was married in 1981 and have many fond memories of trying on different styles until I found the one I would wear on that very special day. The gown I chose was very stylish for that time: Pouff Sleeves, full skirt and a classically feminine open neckline. Interestingly enough, Princess Diana was married that same year in a very similar style, although her dress had a 25 foot train!
It was that very dress worn by Princess Diana that was the highlight of the sold out exhibition “Diana- A Celebration” held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in 2010. My husband and I were honored to be the lead sponsors of the Diana exhibit, which included visits to Grand Rapids by my good friend Nigel Barker, who helped introduce the exhibit, as well as Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, whom I have come to know quite well through the years.
Now I am working with my daughter to design the perfect dress for her wedding next year. I’m thrilled to know that I will be a part of making those wonderful memories that will be passed down to future generations of our family.