Having a family heirloom passed down through generations is truly remarkable.
It nurtures and preserves the unbreakable bond within the family.
These women have tested the limits.
Speaking of heirlooms, for the past 72 years, a wedding dress has been treasured and passed down within a family.
A total of 8 women have had the honor of wearing this dress on their special day, and now it eagerly awaits the next bride-to-be.
Who might it be?
Since 1950, the dress has been cherished as a treasured family heirloom.
The custom started in 1950 when Adele Larson walked down the aisle to wed Roy Stoneber.
The outfit is a mandarin-collared satin gown with lace panels that are beautifully placed at the front and back. The gown as a whole is accentuated by tiny buttons.
In Chicago’s Marshall Field’s department store, Adele spotted this dress.
Adele had no idea that this outfit would end up being the most treasured item in the family.
The price was $100.75
When the dress was purchased, a reasonable sum by today’s standards. However, its sentimental value and ability to uphold a family heritage make it invaluable.
Elly Larson, Adele’s younger sister, was the second person to wear the outfit. Back then, their mother recommended her to buy a wedding gown, but she chose Adele’s instead.
In June 1953, Elly and John Milton exchanged vows. Sharon Larson, who followed in the footsteps of her older sisters, was the third bride to wear the dress.
She got married in May 1969 to John Frank.
Sharon had great pride in the dress she was wearing and the happiness it gave her on the wedding day. Instead of being a duty, it was more of a celebration of family ties.
So the tradition set sail.
The second generation also joined the quest. Adele’s daughter Sue Stoneberg was the first member of the subsequent generation to go down the aisle in the garment in 1982.
It was followed by Elly’s daughter.
In 1990, Carol Milton donned the attire and wed Lawrence Zmuda.
She made the choice without hesitation because she was motivated by her adoration for the women who had worn the dress before her.
The next person to wear the dress was Jean Milton, Carol’s sister, who continued the family custom in 1991.
It was Julie Frank Mackey’s time to wear the outfit more than a decade later. She is Sharon’s daughter.
However, Julie did make a few minor adjustments to the dress, including a ribbon hem and an open neckline.
The third generation receives the baton.
In August 2022, Serena Stoneberg, Adele’s granddaughter, became the eighth member of the family to wear the dress and the first member of the third generation to enter the church wearing it.
How is the dress being kept?
The dress is preserved in storage to preserve its immaculate state after being entrusted to expert cleaners.
All the while looking forward to the next generation of ladies to carry on the tradition and wear the family’s pride.
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