The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The wedding dress experiment...

Just for 'fun' I thought I would try on my wedding dress the other day. It had been 21 years since it last saw daylight, and now that I am back down to my wedding day weight, what better treat than to see if it would zip up once again.
The dress has been vacuum sealed, taped shut, double boxed, and hidden from air, bugs, and yellowing. Seeing it displayed inside the dress mold with only a clear plastic window made it look like it had been cryogenically frozen all these years!
Kyle grabbed the camera to capture the moment when it would zip up...Tom was on hand to help me get it over my head, and Ashlyn was ready with the veil. The moment came and I was so proud to know it would fit just as it did on Sept. 3, 1988! But that didn't happen, at all. Sure I could get it on, but Tom said there was no way it would even come close to zipping. It was about 7 inches too short around the ribcage! Oh the devastation! Everyone was right...after children your weight is redistributed and things expand that don't return again!
So, I guess it wasn't meant for me to be a 'bride' again. We captured little Ashlyn trying it on, hoping one day, perhaps she will wear the gown on her wedding day. Until then, back into the box the dress goes. So much for my post weight loss treat. Now, I think it's time to go shopping!


Kat said...

Denise, you are still a skinny minnie and you look beautiful. I am sure I wouldn't be able to wear mine either and it has only been six and a half years for me. I hope you and your family have a lovely, merry Christmas!

Beth said...

It is a beautiful dress... think of all the blessings that have happened since that dress! Have a nice day!

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

My wedding dress wouldn't fit over my head!!!

Kim said...

What fun Denise! I'm not even sure exactly where my dress is at the moment. You look great, the dress is beautiful and I'm so glad you took pictures of the process and shared.
p.s. Love the tan :-)

glitzen said...

What a gorgeous dress, and you look stunning. Its true, our bodies change a bit, well....we really accomplish a lot with them, bringing new people into the world and all! Speaking of that, Ashlyn looks adorable in it. Glad you captured that, right? :) Merry Christmas my friend!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Just remember what Mammy told Scarlet... after children, there's no way a waist is going to be 18 inches again! ;-) You look FABULOUS! Don't worry about the zip up. You are gorgeous as you are!

Merry Christmas, Denise! Sending warm hugs across the miles...


Sheila :-)

Emily said...

How fun! I didn't do that with my wedding dress. Mine is in my closet and I know I can't fit into it now.

You looked beautiful trying it on, so I am sure you made a beautiful bride.

Hope you have Merry Christmas!

Anita said...

I still think it was a fun idea!! I never had mine's hanging in a closet!!!
I hope you enjoy shopping for some new clothes!