A woman named Marta Prietto O'Hara has shared the beautiful story of her grandmother's wedding dress which has now been worn by three other women in the family.
Marta's grandmother, María de la Peña immigrated to the United States as a young lady and settled in Los Angeles. Before getting married to Manuel Moreno in 1932, she had learned how to sew. While planning her wedding, she went window shopping and noticed a beautiful couture wedding dress. She decided to make a version of it for her own big day.
When Marta wanted to get married, she had planned to wear her mother's Anita Prietto's wedding dress which was also made by her grandmother. But when she brought it out, she found a stain on it that made it unsuitable to be worn. Anita then told her daughter that she still had her mother's (Maria's) wedding dress.
Marta fell in love with her grandmother dress as soon as she wore it. She said in her post:
Upon trying it on for the first time, I knew I would wear it and did not consider for one moment the thought of shopping for a gown.
Marta ended up wearing the dress on May 14, 1983, on her wedding day and the beautiful dress went back into the box.
Years later, Marta's sister, Elena, who got married in 1997, wore the same wedding dress. Again, the dress was returned in storage only to be worn again two decades later by Marta's daughter, Pilar.
In September 2017, Pilar tried on her great grandmother's wedding dress and like her mother did, she fell in love immediately,
The three women who wore Maria's dress tried to recreate the massive bouquet she held in 1932. Pilar's version was absolutely gorgeous.
The dress had a strong significance in the family as it symbolizes the story of a Mexican woman who had a great sense of style.
My grandmother would be humbled and embarrassed—but very pleased—to know the attention her gorgeous, handmade wedding dress has gained over the years. She died in 2008 at the age of 98.
The story of the 1932 dress was shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page and several people were moved by how far the dress had come. There's something special about continuing a family tradition such as this.
Source: LoveWhatMatters / Facebook