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80-Year-Old Great-Grandma Celebrates Her 60th Anniversary In Original Wedding Gown | "She Still Looks Beautiful"
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80-Year-Old Great-Grandma Celebrates Her 60th Anniversary In Original Wedding Gown | "She Still Looks Beautiful"

The $69.95 Chantilly white lace dress was the main focus of the couple's wedding announcement in their local newspaper decades ago.

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Janith Goedde created waves with her vintage 1957 wedding gown when she adorned the same to mark the 60th anniversary of her marriage to husband Joe Goedde in 2017. The great-grandmother gave her family a very special memory as she appeared before them in the same white wedding gown she'd worn the day she said "I do."

The couple's anniversary celebration was attended by 62 members of their family. Janith reportedly tried on the $69.95 Chantilly white lace dress at the end of the day to see whether it would still fit her. Although she said it was a bit tighter than how it was all those years ago, she gracefully pulled it off. "I've lost 40 pounds. And it shows," the 80-year-old proudly told ABC News at the time.



 

"Everybody comments to me on it. When we came home that evening, one of the girls said, 'I bet she can still get in her wedding gown. Where's it at?' I told them where it was in the attic and they went up there and got it. So, I had to put it on. It was a little tight. I didn't lose that much. It's still in good shape. It's still white and I had it in a plastic bag. I didn't preserve it at all," Janith added.



 

The octogenarian's wedding gown has always been the talk of the town. The beautiful dress was the main focus of the couple's wedding announcement in their local newspaper decades ago. "For her wedding, the bride chose a floor-length gown of imported Chantilly lace and nylon tulle over satin, fastened down the back with tiny covered buttons," it read. "The fitted lace bodice was designed with Sabrina neckline and embroidered in pearlized sequins. The long sleeves tapered over the wrists."

"She still looks beautiful," said Joe Goedde, the 84-year-old great-grandfather, upon seeing his wife in her gorgeous gown again. Recalling their May 11, 1957, wedding, he said with a laugh: "I didn't get to see her until she walked down the aisle and I kept saying to myself, 'You're too young to get married. I was 24.'"

"At that time, you had to have a big hoop," Janith reminisced, describing the trend of the time. "The dresses were long and then you rented a hoop. They had to be big so they'd stretch all out."



 

Speaking of their wedding anniversary celebration, Joe revealed that he initially "didn't want to have a celebration" but ended up enjoying the festivities. "I'll tell you, I couldn't believe we were celebrating like that, but with the insistence of the children, I had to give in. I enjoyed it," he said.

Sharing the key to their successful marriage, Janith said: "Communication and prayer. We're looking forward to more anniversaries, but we'll take what comes. We'll stick it out together." 

 



 

Reference:

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/great-grandmother-80-celebrates-60th-anniversary-vintage-6995/story?id=47203030

Cover Image Source: Twitter/AliRenae