Same day, same dress as bride stays in step

LOVING TRADITION: Zane and Emma McGeary, in her family wedding gown.
LOVING TRADITION: Zane and Emma McGeary, in her family wedding gown. Contributed

 

Emma McGeary’s parents, Michael and Kay Cunningham, in 1985.
Emma McGeary’s parents, Michael and Kay Cunningham, in 1985.

WHEN Zane and Emma McGeary discovered their parents had the same wedding date, there was no option but to make it a family tradition.

The 23-year-old bride walked down the aisle on Saturday, May 25 in the dress worn by her mother in 1985 and her grandmother in 1954.

"Once we found out they (our parents) were married on the same day and year, everyone joked that we had to get married on that day," Mrs McGeary (nee Cunningham) said.

"It was a coincidence.

"We had been going out for a few years before we realised on their wedding anniversary one year.

"Then when Zane proposed we both knew the wedding would be that date."

The wedding gown was 58 years old and had been sitting in a bag in her grandma's closet.

"I was at my grandma's house one day and we decided to see if it would fit," Mrs McGeary said.

"We weren't engaged at that stage, but I knew I would wear it when we got married.

"It meant a lot that I was able to wear it after my grandma and mum.

"They have both played a big role in my life and they mean the world to me."

And as if everything wasn't already as easy as one, two, three, the vintage, long-sleeved lace gown fitted perfectly.

"I asked around at different dressmakers and vintage wedding gown shops but no one wanted to touch it as it was so old and of such great importance," she said.

"I was given advice to hand wash and hand sew it.

"My mum did a wonderful job of cleaning and repairing the small holes in it."

The Thagoona couple were married at the bride's parents' property at Karrabin.

"It's nice to have a tradition we can share with the most important people in our lives," Mrs McGeary said.

"Maybe one day our children can keep the tradition going."

The newlyweds are currently honeymooning in Vanuatu.

Emma McGeary’s grandmother Alexia Wright in 1954.
Emma McGeary’s grandmother Alexia Wright in 1954.


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