There’s something so incredibly special about a bride wearing her mother’s or her grandmother’s wedding dress, wouldn’t you agree? This beautiful bride paired her grandmother’s dress with blue velvet flats and a full-length, lace-trimmed veil, and the result was nothing short of glamorous perfection. Here, the whole gorgeous celebration as captured by photographer Matt Edge.

“I did the traditional something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” says the bride. “Old: My grandmother’s wedding dress. 62 years old to be exact. No alterations done. It just fit like a glove and looked as good as the day she wore it. New: My beautiful spanish styled veil. Borrowed: I wore Alex’s mother’s pearl bracelet that was her mother’s and his stepmother’s pearl earrings. Blue: My blue velvet flats.”

Jaclyn carried a bouquet of white blooms, including roses and calla lilies, accented with almost-black privet berries.

Shares the bride: “My grandfather was a Lutheran pastor and was set to marry us at the First Lutheran Church of Fullerton. Unfortunately, he passed away six months before our wedding and having it at the church made it all the more special to honor him. The pastor of that church married us. He knew my grandfather for years and as a surprise to me, even wore my grandfather’s cross around his neck during our ceremony. “

“Our reception was held at a restaurant called Angelo’s & Vinci’s (right around the corner from the church) that we would go to to celebrate Valentine’s Day and our anniversary for years. Both venues were very sentimental to us. We wanted a more relaxed and fun wedding. And that is just what Angelo’s & Vinci’s delivered!”



What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I knew I wanted a traditional, classic wedding. I love everything about Spanish architecture and wanted to get married in a Spanish styled church. So, that’s where I started in the whole planning process. We lucked out finding The First Lutheran Church with Spanish architecture in Fullerton. We wanted everything to be classic. Looking back 30 years from now, I didn’t want to ask: What were we thinking?! I don’t think your wedding is a time to experiment too much. I love black, white and gold and all things Art Deco as does Alex and we just decided to keep within those colors and stay simple. The restaurant is like an Italian Disneyland so we really didn’t need to do anything for the reception besides the floral centerpieces which was great!

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Just seeing everyone we love and care about in one room celebrating our love was the most overwhelming feeling.

What advice do you have for other brides?  My best advice is to not get blinded by the little things and remember what the day really means. If your decor doesn’t come out exactly how you imagined or if you are running a bit behind schedule just take a deep breath and remember that everyone is there to celebrate your love for one another. Stay grounded in your love.

Photography: Matt Edge / Venue: Angelo’s & Vinci’s in Fullerton, California / Ceremony: First Lutheran Church of Fullerton / Event Planner: Stephanie Anderson, Exquisit Event Specialists / Gowns: Grandmother’s, Vera Wang, Victoria’s Secret / Shoes: Blue Velvet flats from Zara / Veil: Vanya Bvlgari / Rings: Simone and Son / Suit: Vera Wang via Mens Warehouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Floral Design: Flower Allie / Stationery, Seating chart: Zazzle
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  1. Matt Edge

    Thank you so much for sharing one of my favorite weddings from last year with the sweetest couple who we are lucky to call friends!

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  3. Joelle

    This is my home church, and seeing this post just made me so happy! I absolutely love this church, both because of what it looks like and what it means. Her dress is just gorgeous too!

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  4. Lauren

    Oh, wow, that dress! I can’t believe how incredible — and modern — it looks 62 years after first being worn!

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