Shanna Wagnor and her fiance Sean Lewis are getting ready to tie the knot this June.
Shanna is very close to her grandparents, and she said she remembers seeing a photo of her grandmother in her wedding dress in their home as a child, and dreamed about wearing the gorgeous gown when she was old enough.
Shanna Wagnor’s grandma was a student at U.C. Berkeley and her grandpa was serving in Germany after World War II when they got engaged.
She said her grandpa wrote her grandma a letter asking her to marry him. She promptly packed her bags and flew to Germany to tie the knot. They have now been married for over 60 years.
Her grandma chose her dress, a chic, classic midi-length garment, because it was easy to carry in her suitcase, Wagnor said.
“She had to find a dress pretty quickly, and one would travel light,” she said.
The bride decided she wanted her own dress for her big day. But, she wanted to honor her love for her grandma’s dress somehow.
So, she asked her grandma if she could have the dress and get it altered to fit her. She said she didn’t have to make too many alterations to the dress’ style.
“It’s a pretty classic look, it doesn’t seem super dated,” she said.
She added she didn’t tell her grandma what she planned to use the dress for.
After some brainstorming, Shanna Wagnor decided to wear the dress for her engagement photos. The classic gown made for some picture-perfect photos.
“I kind of felt like I was playing dress up,” she said.
Even more special, Wagnor got to surprise her grandparents with the special photos after she got them back. She said her grandma was “pretty surprised” and “they both loved it.”