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Last Updated on March 16, 2015 by karissa ancell
I mentioned in an earlier post here, about how I bought my wedding dress before I had even officially got engaged. I said I was going to share the story but I was waiting to do it now. The reason for me waiting is that this story is a special memory for me that includes my grandpa and Friday is the two year anniversary of his passing away. I wanted to share this special memory of someone who meant a lot to me at a time when I’m reminded that he’s no longer here. I included some pictures of my dress in the post so you can all see what it looks like. I know I look very young, I was only 19 when I got married.
So my boyfriend,now husband and I are high school sweethearts. We had been together for a few years and the subject of marriage had started coming up. My mom and I decided it would be fun to go look at wedding dresses, just look was the plan. So we went to a David’s Bridal. I tried on a few but didn’t like them. The employee there suggested I try on a different style that she thought would be more flattering. So we grabbed a few and I started trying them on. One looked really great, my mom loved it and so did I. So we weren’t sure what to do. Should we buy it? I wasn’t even engaged technically. We wanted more opinions. The store was about 30 minutes away from the town my family lived in. It was closer to my place. So my mom called my dad to see if he could bring my sisters and my dad and my sister’s could give their opinions. My sister’s were in high school so they couldn’t drive there themselves. My dad was really busy at work so he said he couldn’t.
So my mom and I tried thinking who else we could try to get to come and see the dress. Our first choice was my nana. She use to own a clothing boutique when I was little so she knows a lot about clothes and what looks good and what doesn’t. She lives close to my parents so we decided to just call and see if she would want to make the drive. At this time my papa was sick, he was sick for years with different types of cancer and other health problems. His doctors was about an hour away from their home, so my nana was use to driving a lot. So we called her. As luck would have it both of them were on the way back from the doctors and were about five minutes from where we were. We asked them if they would like to stop by and give their opinion on the dress. They said they would be right there.
So I was wearing the dress and two veils, a long and a short waiting for them to get there. I am the second oldest grandchild so they hadn’t seen any of their grandchildren get married yet. So they were excited to be included in this. My nana and papa loved the dress. My papa loved it so much he said he was buying it for me. I wasn’t expecting that but he insisted so he bought the dress, veils all of it. It was special to have them be a part of getting the dress.
So I don’t think I would have got the dress that day if they hadn’t been at the right place at the right time. I know my mom really wanted another opinion on the dress before she committed to buying it. Now that he is gone I’m even more grateful for this memory. I even shared it at the funeral because it was so special to me.
I did end up getting engaged soon after getting my dress but I did go about it backwards.
My papa is on the left at the very end in the black. I know I have a better picture of him and I from my wedding but I couldn’t find it anywhere.