Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother’s Wedding Dress

On this chilly winter day, let’s warm up with a chic late summer wedding with a bride donning her mother’s wedding dress! High school sweethearts Chiara and Jack ordered both their save the dates and wedding invites from MagnetStreet, and we soon fell in love with the fabulous gold and sangria hues and details of their big day in the Manchester, New Hampshire area.

They were married in front of friends and family at a beautiful church with stunning stained glass windows! They didn’t have a “first look” prior to the ceremony, so the emotion their photographer Ashleigh captured when Chiara walked up the aisle will definitely have you feeling goosebumps. {Plus, with Chiara in her mother’s wedding dress? It certainly gives us the feels!}

We’ll just let the gorgeous photos tell the story of their ultra-chic wedding day!

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

High School Sweethearts
“Jack and I were set up as a prom date for my senior prom by my best friends. I had no date a couple weeks until prom so, naturally, I went crying to my best friends and they told me about this guy named Jack that they ran track with. Long story short, our first date was prom night and we have been together ever since!”

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Her Mother’s Wedding Dress
“I actually wore my mother’s dress on my wedding day! I did not try a single wedding dress on. Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to use her dress, and I knew that what I’ve always dreamed of in a wedding dress I would not be able to find in any bridal salon. My mother and I brought her dress to our local seamstress and the second the seamstress cut off those 80s sleeves … I knew it was the one. The high neck with the delicate beading and long ruffly train was everything I had always imagined. I felt beautiful. But what made me feel even more beautiful was knowing I would be walking down the aisle in the same dress my mother walked down the aisle in 29 years before.”

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

The Time-Honored Tradition
Something Borrowed: “My mother’s dress!”
Something Blue: “My garter had a little blue ribbon tied in a bow on it.”
Something Old: “My grandmother’s rosary that I wrapped around my bouquet.”
Something New: “A couple weeks before the wedding (in true last minute fashion) I custom ordered a beautiful diamond and pearl earring piece for my ear piercing. There were a lot of ‘new’ things but that was definitely the most new.”

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

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Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Minor Day-Of Problem = Blessing
“One minor issue was forgetting to give the florist my grandmother’s rosary so that they could wrap it around my bouquet. After we realized that we decided that the morning of, once the flowers were delivered, my mother would wrap it around the bouquet herself instead. Which, thinking back I’m glad my mother ended up being able to do that.”

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Highlight of the Day
“The best part of the day was definitely the ceremony. Jack and I loved being able to pick all of our readings and music for the Mass, and it all came together even more beautifully than we ever could have imagined!”

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Favorite Wedding Day Photo
“My favorite photo from our day is a rather candid photo that one of the photographers caught of Jack kissing the top of my hands. That is something so sweet that I adore that Jack does … and I love that it was caught on camera.”

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

MagnetStreet Wedding Invitations: Antique Filigree
“My sister actually used MagnetStreet for her wedding invitations so she recommended MagnetStreet for me as well!”

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Deliciously Dreamy Wedding Cake
“We had a three-tier wedding cake from Jacques Pastries in New Hampshire. The largest tier was white cake with strawberry and chocolate ganache filling, the middle tier was lemon cake with lemon buttercream; and the top tear is espresso cake with chocolate ganache and Bailey’s buttercream. We cannot wait to try the top tier in a year! Crossing our fingers it stays well in the freezer!”

 

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

Advice to Engaged Couples
“Don’t let the troubles and stress of planning shroud the beauty and excitement of what you are truly planning for. Planning can be overwhelming, but reminding yourself that either way you two will be married at the end. If anything doesn’t go ‘as planned,’ chances are the guests will be none the wiser. ;)”

Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother's Wedding Dress

These fabulous vendors made their gorgeous wedding day come to life!
Photography: Ashleigh Laureen Photography / Bride’s Gown: Alterations by Martha’s Sew It All / Veil: Bliss Veils / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Rings: Speer’s Fine Jewelry / Hair: Euphoria Hair Salon  / Men’s Attire: Joseph A. Bank Tuxedo / Flowers: Chalifour’s Flowers / Cake: Jacques Pastries / Entertainment: DJ JC Castaneda from 617 Weddings / Transportation: Grace Limousine / Ceremony: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church  / Reception: Manchester Country Club

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8 thoughts on “Sweet Wedding With A Gorgeous Bride In Her Mother’s Wedding Dress

  1. And thank YOU Ashleigh for working with us by providing their amazing wedding day photos. You did a fantastic job of capturing every single beautiful detail!

  2. Almost 30 years ago my dress wasn’t photographed much with outdoor pictures because of rain. Yet, never in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined it would be featured in a blog being worn ,once again, by my precious daughter. This was so touching and special to me, a true blessing. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Nydia, thank you so much for the kind words! It is stories like this that we so love to share. Your/Chiara’s dress is just gorgeous … the beading, details, cut, and train. I’m sure you were just as beautiful in it as Chiara on your wedding day 🙂

  4. Thank you! We both loved wearing it for sure. The dress has been reboxed again to preserve. Who knows, another 30 years and maybe my eyes may see a granddaughter with it on. ?

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