Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Something Old


Today, Jack & I celebrated our 10-year anniversary. I thought it would be only proper to mark the occasion with the romantic story of how I fell in love with my wedding dress.

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When my two older sisters were married, I observed my parents’ philosophy that while a wedding should have a reasonable budget, the gown was exempt. My big-hearted Dad could not put a price tag on granting his daughters a dress befitting their childhood dreams. I took note, and began making extravagant sketches in my mind.

I was still single after my junior year at BYU, and decided to spend the summer in Arizona with my parents. On a boiling hot day in July, my Mom & I spent the afternoon running errands. On our way home, passing through a questionable neighborhood on the south side, we drove by a rundown Salvation Army. On a whim, we decided to stop and take a look inside. My mom has the most beautiful, Anthropologie-like collection of dishes and a talent for finding them in the most unlikely places, so we set out to sift through the rubble in search of a treasure.

As we approached the entrance, I noticed a hand-written sign that said, “TODAY ONLY. HALF OFF WEDDING DRESSES,” and very sarcastically announced that it must be my lucky day. If there’s any extra room in the cart when we’re done, I told my mom, let’s toss in a wedding gown. Hopefully I’ll need one someday.

The joke continued as we walked inside, so while my mom went to browse the china, I decided to prepare for an impromptu Salvation Army bridal gown fashion show. I grabbed the first dress I saw, went into the curtained off area that was the dressing room, and slipped it on. I zipped it up, looked in the mirror, and to my own surprise found myself thinking, “This is my wedding dress.”

I called my mom to come take a look. Before she walked in, I remember her saying, “This ought to be good.” She pulled back the curtain, stood looking confused for a moment, then finally said, “I think this is your wedding dress.”

We bought the dress, including headpiece and veil, for $30, and carried it out in a giant garbage bag. It was old and very delicate, but didn't need a single alteration.

Jack was also in Arizona at the time, working and playing baseball. In the little spare time he had, we had been on a few dates. I called him at his parents house that night, and the following conversation ensued -

Me: Hi it’s Katie.

Jack: Hey

Me: What did you do today?

Jack: Worked. Baseball.

Me: Oh yeah….?

(waiting)

Jack (finally): What did you do today?

Me: I BOUGHT MY WEDDING DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We had dinner recently with another couple, and the story of my dress came up. When Jack impersonated that fateful telephone conversation, his friend asked, “Didn’t that scare you off?” Jack answered, “Actually, I remember thinking to myself - Any girl who can buy a wedding dress for 30 bucks, is the girl for me.”



Ten years later, after 6 moves, 3 children, 7 years of graduate school, and a sobering amassment of student debt, I understand well the logic behind his criteria.

I’m so glad I chose that $30 dress.




Because I am so grateful he chose me.


28 comments:

dannyhaley said...

What a great story! I love you dress, happy anniversary!

Memzy said...

I'm pretty sure this solidifies my desire to have our kids marry someday in the future. Not only because of the $30 thing but because of your attitude about it. Wouldn't we be the funnest mother in laws? Right? Right?

Jeannie said...

Well, that story never gets old. I still love hearing it. Just another example of how perfect you two are for each other. Like that geeky equation card that he gave you that lived up to your dad's desires for who you should marry. Happy anniversary to an absolutely perfect couple!

Allison Hansen said...

Tears! What a well-crafted, genuine fairy tale.

Beautiful story, gorgeous dress, stunning bride, lovely couple.

Happy, happy anniversary!

Love,
AL

Cathy Leavitt said...
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Cathy Leavitt said...

What a great story...and a beautiful gown. Jack is a lucky guy!

Amanda said...

What a fantastic story! Happy anniversary!

Katie and Jeff said...

Of course it helps that you're gorgeous and you would have looked beautiful in the garbage bag it came in! Happy Anniversary to one of my all time favorite couples!

Susan said...

A $30 dress that looks like a million bucks!!!

This is one of my favorite memories---that was such a fun and unexpected day!

Ben said...

I love, love, LOVE this story! What a beautiful dress and a gorgeous bride! Seriously, you two are the cutest couple. Happy Anniversary!

Ben said...

Sorry, that comment was from Becca.

Vivian said...

You really know how to nab an economist. Nice work lady.

Lara said...

I absolutely love the story of your beautiful bargain dress! Happy anniversary!

Mike said...

You have that ability to recognize the true worth of something without being influenced by a price tag.

You are becoming a legend with the finding of "hidden treasures".

Courtney Vance said...

I love that story. While watching the royal wedding recently I thought of you. I didn't remember that you bought your dress at the salvation army but I remember how absolutely giddy you were after you bought it. I'm glad the luster has worn off after school, children, moving, etc.

Lyndsi said...

Thank goodness this story NEVER gets old - it's actually one of my favorites :-) Happy Anniversary!

Estella said...

What a sweet story, Katie, and what a beautiful dress!

Jane said...

You were one gorgeous bride, I love the story of your dress. Happy AnniversarY!

krissiecook said...

I hope Jack didn't pay a penny more than $1.50 for the tortilla press. Because a good tortilla press shouldn't cost more than 5% of a wedding gown. It's in the handbook.

Leslie said...

I always admired your wedding dress. It's awesome that you bought it for $30 and have no regrets 10 years later. Happy anniversary!

Lorie said...

I would NEVER have guessed the story behind your dress! It was gorgeous!

And I am glad he chose you too! ;D

Mary Karlee said...

You two make such a handsome couple. May the wedded bliss go on forever, and the deals keep rolling in.

Dawn said...

Katie you forgot to add in all the old ladies that stood around amazed at how beautiful it was on you and encouraged you to buy it! I remember the day you brought that dress home - couldn't believe the find :)

Dawn said...

Katie you forgot to add in all the old ladies that stood around amazed at how beautiful it was on you and encouraged you to buy it! I remember the day you brought that dress home - couldn't believe the find :)

Heather said...

Oh my goodness - I LOVE this story!! Thanks for a good read! And happy anniversary!

Marilyn said...

I was there and I remember how beautiful you looked!

Karen Adair McCain said...

What a great story! I LOVE a bargain! It makes it so much more fun to show off what you bought. Do you have any close ups of the dress. The silhouette is beautiful! Thanks for the smile at the end of my day.

angela michelle said...

Katie, I've been meaning to come over and thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. Of course I remember meeting you a couple times--on one occasion when I was kind of distracted and rude, I think. Maybe we'll run into each other again.

Love the dress, and the story. Happy anniversary.

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