Today is my mother's birthday and last week was my parents' anniversary so I thought I'd share something extra special today to honor her. She's been such a strong role model in my life, struggling with depression all her life but still managing to raise her 3 girls so well and never ever letting her battles get in the way of our happiness.
So to honor her bravery, strength, and endurance, I decided it was time to try on her wedding dress.
It's so funny to me how blue it photographed in natural light and how dark it looks in all their photos! I always believed she wore a black dress covered in florals when it was actually navy all this time!
My mother did not wear a traditional white gown and didn't have a traditional wedding. With just their parents and my mother's sister and husband as witnesses, they wed in New Hampshire at a hotel and stayed just that weekend for their honeymoon.
By the time my parents decided to get married, they already had my older sister and me. On their wedding day, my mother was pregnant with her third baby but didn't know it! It's so quirky and non-traditional and unique and I love the story of how our family came to be.
My father didn't even give her an engagement ring until the day of their wedding! We always teased them about that fact but things were different back then. I think it adds to their story and it makes her amethyst engagement ring that much more special to me. Anything with a funny story wins me over!
Here he is, the man who doesn't know the proper timing of an engagement ring...
The older I get, the more I look like my mother. It doesn't help that the larger style of glasses is coming back! Sometimes while looking in the mirror, I make a face, and immediately get freaked out because for a moment, it was like seeing a younger version of my mother.