Your wedding day is all about celebrating yourself, but a lot of brides choose to honor their family during their special day. One bride took this to the next level by incorporating dresses from not just one but three members of her family in her wedding photos—and checked off "something old" and "something borrowed" while she was at it.
Colleen Dejno was just three weeks away from her big day when she discovered she had all the tools to create a unique and timeless wedding photo shoot. She knew that her family had held onto her grandmother's wedding dress after her aunt wore it in her ceremony, and after speaking to her mother, she learned that her family also saved her great-grandmother's wedding dress—dating back to her wedding in 1910.
“I had no idea that we had it, and my mom just had it in a bag in the closet for years,” Dejno said in an interview with ABC News. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we have a dress that’s over 100 years old—I have to see it.’”
With the help of Minneapolis-based photographer Jeannine Pohl, Dejno posed for a photo shoot wearing four gowns: her mother's from 1973, grandmother's from 1947, and great-grandmother's from 1910. Pohl shot her in the three dresses, in addition to her own, at Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, where Dejno and her husband later held their wedding reception.
Dejno studied the wedding photographs of her ancestors and re-created each of the looks to fit their appropriate eras. As a hobbyist performer and costume designer at a children's museum, Dejno was able to skillfully manifest the style of each time period through her craft.
“It was amazing when we would change each outfit and I’d look at myself in a mirror I thought, ‘I look like an entirely different person,’” Dejno said.
Out of all of the dresses she tried on, Dejno said that she felt the closest connection to her great-grandmother when she wore her dress.
“My hobby is costuming, and she was a seamstress, so it was a cool way to connect with her,” she said. “I could look at the dress and picture her sewing each stitch. I’m amazed she made it herself.”