Bride Wears 115-Year-Old Wedding Dress…Would You?

Talk about a fashionable investment! Louisiana bride Shannon Catherine Shea was the 20th family member to wear a 115-year-old Battenburg Rose Point lace wedding dress when she married Christopher Troy Bamburg in Benton, LA, this past weekend. The floor-length, cream-colored sheath gown was originally worn by Shannon’s great-great-great-great Aunt Mary Heard of Rome, GA, according to the Shreveport Times. Heard first purchased the dress in while on honeymoon in Brussels to wear to an event invited by the queen and the tradition began when a niece fell in love with the special gown and “asked if one day she might wear it for her wedding dress,” said Shannon’s mother, Jane Shea.

Throughout the years the dress has been altered for fit and fashion, but has been preserved well. Shannon only wore the gown for the ceremony, then changed into a Great Gatsby-inspired frock for the reception since the lace is old and delicate.

In the photo above, Shannon is posing for her wedding portraits in the gown and her grandmother, Betty Rose Fambro, the sixth bride to wear the dress (in 1952) is on the right.

Would you consider wearing a vintage gown for your wedding? What about other vintage elements like a veil or jewelry? Tell us about it below!

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  • EKP
    12/03/13 at 11:08

    I would have happily worn my mother’s gown if I had been getting married in the fall or winter (since it has long sleeves, it’s not really appropriate for my July wedding!), and if it had fit me in the bust. It still fits her perfectly, though!

  • 12/03/13 at 11:10

    Every time that I visited my grandparents’ house as a little girl, I admired a large print of their wedding day and how beautiful they looked, especially Grammy. I asked to see her gown dozens of times and held it against my body throughout my childhood, falling more and more in love with it every time. After her passing, the gown was passed along to me, and I can’t imagine NOT wearing it! It’s a hand-made satin and lace a-line gown with long sleeves and a corseted bodice from 1950.

  • Susie
    12/03/13 at 01:11

    I was engaged with my Grandmother’s engagement ring. It is so special to me.

  • Amy
    12/03/13 at 03:29

    I will be wearing my great grandmother’s pearl necklace, will be using a white tablecloth on which the lace trim was hand crocheted by my great grandmother and the corner flowers embroidered by my grandmother for her wedding AND using the knife and serving set that my mother used in her wedding. I wonder what I will keep of mine to pass along…

  • April
    12/03/13 at 04:49

    I’ll be using my mother’s cathedral veil for our church ceremony :)

  • 12/04/13 at 09:03

    I would have absolutely happily worn it! I wished my moms dress didn’t get ruined in a move long ago. There’s not only history in these beauties but true quality!

  • afoxe007
    12/05/13 at 07:27

    I would need to lose a LOT of weight. I used to try on my grandmas dress when I was 12 and it looked great! Super cute long sleeved lace mini dress, but I’m no longer a size 0 :(

  • 12/11/13 at 08:01

    That is totally cool!!!

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