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Vista Springs recently invited the community to a vintage wedding dress show featuring young area teenagers, who modeled 14 dresses staff had collected, one dating back to 1921.
Life engagement director Allie Zabrosky said it started with one dress.
"My dear friend entrusted me with her deceased mothers wedding dress, saying 'God told me to give my mom's wedding dress to you, Allie. That you'd know what to do with it,'" Zabrosky said. "I brought this gorgeous taffeta and lace gown with this ridiculously long train to work one day thinking, 'Perhaps I should have a vintage wedding dress show.'"
She said it took a lot of searching and several months to come up with the collection, all of which were loaned by community members, families and friends.
She said the models learned of the show by word of mouth.
"They did a tremendous job of modeling these lovely gowns of bygone eras. They were poised, relaxes and spent time with community members and guests," Zabrosky said.
Hor d'ouvres were served following the show, while folks mingled near displays of black and white wedding photos from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Added touches included a three-tiered, vintage inspired wedding cake baked by Francine Newbould with Cakes by Frankie, along with wedding bouquets donated by Petal Place florist in Northfield Village.
Zabrosky thanked administrator Susan Krupitzer for allowing the show to take place, as well as community members who helped create decorations, and families, community members and employees who donated family wedding dresses and photographs.