Bride surprises her grandma by wearing her wedding dress 55 years later
Oh, to be happily married.
The apotheosis of a life well lived to many, marriage is still an important part of 21st century life. Though three out of four marriages are now thought to end in divorce, and the whole institution might seem a little outmoded in our more transient modern culture, one's wedding day is still touted as being the happiest day of one's life.
Quite why anyone would commit to such dizzy heights so early into their lives is frankly beyond me, but countless happy couples still walk the
plank aisle in anticipation of married bliss.
If one is to embark on the solemn, ideally life long journey of marriage, there are many considerations that need fulfilling.
A dizzying undertaking requiring hitherto unprecedented levels of organisation, diplomacy and energy, the build up to a wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most stressful of life's many pursuits, and a burden of time - not to mention responsibility - that should not be shouldered lightly.
The elements requiring serious contemplation are seemingly endless, from flowers, to cakes, to guests, to how best to keep feuding family members at arms length before some sort of regrettable fruit cake fight erupts during the nuptials. Arguably more important to the bride than any other single element, though (other than the groom himself, hopefully), is the wedding dress.
White (ideally), embroidered to perfection and breathtaking in its aesthetic, the wedding dress takes on almost otherwordly importance to most brides, and a decision on which dress to buy can be weeks or even months in the making.
For one bride, though, such stressful musings were avoided altogether when she came up with a sentimental and altogether heartwarming solution to her wedding day garb.
Jordyn Jensen of Boise, Idaho, made the decision to wear the very same wedding dress as her grandmother Penny Jensen wore on her own wedding day 55 years ago in 1962.
In a bid to surprise her grandmother, Jordyn didn't tell her of her plan to wear the vintage dress until the rehearsal dinner, when, along with the wedding photographer, they treated Gradmother Jensen to a first look photoshoot.
“I didn’t want her to see [the dress] for the first time walking down the aisle and just start sobbing and [have] all those memories come back to her” reasoned Jordyn.
The photographer described the moment to the Huffington Post thus;
“The grandmother had no idea the bride even had her dress in her possession. Jordyn and I stepped out [of the rehearsal dinner] and got her all ready and into the dress.
“We got her grandmother to step outside and we showed her the old photo of her in the dress that was going to be displayed at the wedding.”
Bride Jordyn told Inside Edition;
“I kind of blacked out for a second because it was such an emotional rollercoaster. All I heard her saying in the back was, ‘Wow, wow, wow.’ I finally went up and hugged her and she whispered in my ear, ‘I married my high school sweetheart in this dress and so will you.’”
Grandmother, Penny Jensen's husband died before Jordyn was born.