Your wedding dress will inevitably hold a special place in your heart for the rest of your life. It's the ultimate symbol of marriage (other than your rings, of course!), and it's probably one of the most important pieces of clothing you'll ever purchase. But what does a girl do with a wedding dress after her big day has come and passed?
Well, there are actually a lot of options out there for brides who want to keep it or donate it after the wedding is over. If you fall into the former category, though, how do you make sure your dress doesn't just sit in the closet for the rest of eternity? Turns out, one mom from Nampa, Idaho has figured that dilemma out and is now getting more use out of her dress than she did when she said her "I do's". And we have to say, the meaning behind it is super sweet.
Brandy Yearous, who graciously shared her pictures with Brides, has been photographing her little girl, Allison, in her wedding dress every year since she was an itsy-bitsy one-year-old. For every birthday Allison celebrates, Brandy gets to add one more photo of her baby girl to her family scrapbook. The dress always looked the same, but her daughter? Not so much. "It really hit me she was becoming a woman when the straps were able to fit on her without falling off," Yearous told The Huffington Post.
She originally started the tradition when her son, Ryan, was born in 2001, but instead of having him wear a white wedding gown, she had him step into her husband's old jeans. When Allison was born, though, she ditched the jeans idea and went for something that could hold more meaning for her daughter later on down the road. "I chose my wedding dress for a lot of reasons," Brandy wrote in a blog post for Today.com. "One, because I want to get more than one day's use out of it! Two, I really think she's going to want her own dress when she gets married, so what a wonderful way to celebrate my own marriage than to pass a tradition down to my daughter. Three, I think it will be a great memento to show at her wedding someday."
As Brandy's kids grow, every year is becoming more difficult than the last. Not because of teenage hormones or growing pains, but because she's realizing how quickly time flies by. "At first, it was a fun way to watch the kids grow up, but now that they are teens and tweens, every year is becoming more heartbreaking. Dad's pants almost fit, and the shoulder straps don't fall off my princess anymore. It makes each birthday that much more valuable." We give you total permission to steal this adorable idea.