Six dresses formed perfect metaphors as we filed past on our way into Casey and Juston Johnson’s wedding reception Saturday.
Strong thread on delicate fabric, they represented love, perseverance, humor, frugality, faith and respect.
The dresses belonged to the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom, but their stories touched us all. Written in farmhouses, newsrooms, and neighborhoods all over Wisconsin, they shared themes of an honored God, respected husband and an infinitely well-loved family.
Like the marriages they represent, the dresses, some so tiny they required special manikins, required work — a mending here, a spot treatment there. But, on this special day, they glowed proudly in the soft light.
And they were built to last. All six brides enjoyed lifetime commitments; the parents of the couple brought a combined 75 years of marriage to the ceremony.
The bride wore a gorgeous gown; it’s modern combination of ruffles and flow complimented her perfectly.
Someday, no doubt, her dress will take its place along with all the others as a lasting symbol of genuine love.