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Borrowed something! Woman, 23, wears 88-year-old grandmother’s wedding dress from 1961

Borrowed something! Woman, 23, wears her 88-year-old grandmother’s 1961 wedding dress after discovering a dress in the basement

  • Allie Livingwater, 23, of Massachusetts, discovered a white lace dress in 2016
  • Married Timothy, 27, in a 60-year-old wedding dress in September
  • The dress had been in the basement since 1961 and needed no adjustments
  • Allie put on a hoop skirt after cleaning the dress


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A woman who walked down the aisle in her 88-year-old grandmother’s wedding dress says she ‘will cherish the incredible moment forever’

Allie Livingwater, 23, tied the knot with partner Timothy, 27, on September 25 in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, wearing the dress of her grandmother, Anne Cooke.

The pharmacy student discovered the 60-year-old white lace gown in a black garbage bag in her grandmother’s basement in 2016, and immediately knew she wanted to wear it as “something borrowed.”

Although the gorgeous dress did not require any adjustments, it had to be cleaned after being stored in the basement since 1961, and Allie added a crinoline under the dress.

Anne Cooke, 88, was delighted to see her 23-year-old granddaughter wear her wedding dress on her big day in September.  She is pictured on her wedding day in 1961

Anne Cooke, 88, was delighted to see her 23-year-old granddaughter wear her wedding dress on her big day in September. She is pictured on her wedding day in 1961

Allie Livingwater married partner Timothy, 27, on September 25, in Turners Falls, Massachusetts.  She is pictured with her grandmother on her wedding day

Allie Livingwater married partner Timothy, 27, on September 25, in Turners Falls, Massachusetts.  She is pictured with her grandmother on her wedding day

Allie Livingwater married partner Timothy, 27, on September 25, in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. She is pictured with her grandmother on her wedding day

Anne is pictured holding her granddaughter's hands before walking down the aisle in her 60-year-old wedding dress

Anne is pictured holding her granddaughter's hands before walking down the aisle in her 60-year-old wedding dress

Anne is pictured holding her granddaughter’s hands before walking down the aisle in her 60-year-old wedding dress

“My grandma couldn’t believe I decided to wear her dress,” Allie said. ‘She kept it in an old garbage bag because she didn’t think it was special. But for me it was.

“She was in tears when she first saw me on my big day. It was an incredible moment that I will cherish forever.”

Allie grew up with her grandmother Anne after the family moved in when her husband passed away after 38 years of marriage.

“The dress is obviously sentimental to me because she wore it when I married my grandfather,” Allie said.

Allie, pictured with her husband Timmy and grandmother, will 'cherish the incredible moment forever'

Allie, pictured with her husband Timmy and grandmother, will 'cherish the incredible moment forever'

Allie, pictured with her husband Timmy and grandmother, will ‘cherish the incredible moment forever’

Allie grew up with her grandmother Anne after the family moved in when her husband passed away after 38 years of marriage.  She is pictured with her second husband and granddaughter

Allie grew up with her grandmother Anne after the family moved in when her husband passed away after 38 years of marriage.  She is pictured with her second husband and granddaughter

Allie grew up with her grandmother Anne after the family moved in when her husband passed away after 38 years of marriage. She is pictured with her second husband and granddaughter

Although the beautiful dress did not require any adjustments, it had to be cleaned after being stored in the basement since 1961 and Allie added a crinoline under the dress and wore a new veil.

Although the beautiful dress did not require any adjustments, it had to be cleaned after being stored in the basement since 1961 and Allie added a crinoline under the dress and wore a new veil.

Although the beautiful dress did not require any adjustments, it had to be cleaned after being stored in the basement since 1961 and Allie added a crinoline under the dress and wore a new veil.

“I had never met him, but I know they had a successful, long, and happy marriage. So it felt like the dress paved the way for my wedding.”

Wearing the dress saved Allie $2,000 because she didn’t have to buy a new one. All she needed was her crinoline and a veil.

She said, “I fell in love with how the dress looked from the moment I saw it. So it was a no brainer for me to wear it.

“But if I bought one myself, it would have been $2,000, so it’s great to have saved some money and create special memories.

Allie, pictured with her grandmother and Anne's husband on her wedding day, said she 'fell in love with the dress' from the moment she saw it in 2016

Allie, pictured with her grandmother and Anne's husband on her wedding day, said she 'fell in love with the dress' from the moment she saw it in 2016

Allie, pictured with her grandmother and Anne’s husband on her wedding day, said she ‘fell in love with the dress’ from the moment she saw it in 2016

'My grandmother couldn't believe I decided to wear her dress,' said Allie, who is pictured wearing the white lace dress on her wedding day

'My grandmother couldn't believe I decided to wear her dress,' said Allie, who is pictured wearing the white lace dress on her wedding day

‘My grandmother couldn’t believe I decided to wear her dress,’ said Allie, who is pictured wearing the white lace dress on her wedding day

Anne sees her granddaughter in her wedding dress for the first time in the photo as she prepares to walk down the aisle

Anne sees her granddaughter in her wedding dress for the first time in the photo as she prepares to walk down the aisle

Anne sees her granddaughter in her wedding dress for the first time in the photo as she prepares to walk down the aisle

‘My grandmother couldn’t believe she was the same size as me because it fit perfectly. I definitely think the dress brought us even closer.”

It wasn’t just Anne who burst into tears, but all the guests, especially Allie’s father, 57-year-old George Cooke.

“My dad was overjoyed when his mom wore the dress to marry his dad,” Allie said.

“Everyone complimented me and thought it was a nice gesture.”

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