STL's Julia Cain Reflects On Her Heritage Wedding Dress

By Kelsey Waananen
In Culture

Though most wedding days are immortalized through photos and videos, local blogger (Oh, Julia Ann) and recent newlywed Julia Cain’s wedding will be forever memorialized through headlines. Though she tied the knot with hubby Lance in mid-March, news of her trans-generational heritage wedding dress has been picking up steam with Good Morning America, Huffington Post and more (hope you know German) within the last week.

Photo courtesy of OhJuliaAnn

Photo courtesy of Oh, Julia Ann

Cain’s wedding day shares at least two details with those of her grandmother and mother: the dress and the man who walked each woman down the aisle. Though the dress and Grandpa Harold may look a little different after 63 years, the love they harbor is the same.

Amid all the craziness of being a newlywed and the rush of press, we caught up with Cain for more info about the dress that’s making such a stir.

What are your plans for this dress for the future? Any plans to preserve it for future generations?
I really need to get around to preserving the dress. Ha! That’s on my to-do list. If I am lucky enough to ever have a daughter, I’d love to show her the dress and have her try it on. Who knows if she’d ever want to wear it, but if nothing else, the leftover lace could be reused to make a ring pillow! My grandmother had really great taste, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if it is still fashionable in a few decades. Only time will tell, I suppose!

What was Grandpa Harold’s reaction when he saw you in the dress?
Grandpa Harold was very excited. He thought the dress turned out beautifully, and was thrilled to see our family together for such a special day! I’m the first grandchild to get married, so he was really happy to be there.

Photo courtesy of OhJuliaAnn

Phyllis Jo Raymond and Harold Traver on their wedding day, May 9, 1953. Photo courtesy of Oh, Julia Ann

How did you feel putting the dress on on your wedding day?
Relieved! Altering a vintage dress means seeing it at its worst: wrinkled, yellowed, torn, and covered with pins. It’s hard to imagine a pile of disastrous fabric as a picture-perfect wedding dress, so I was always a little nervous about it. (I actually had a white back-up dress in my car just in case!)

When I put it on the day of the wedding, it fit better than it ever had before and looked like a dream. It was like it was meant to be!

Photo courtesy of OhJuliaAnn

Photo courtesy of Oh, Julia Ann

What was the experience like?
Wearing a heritage wedding gown has so many perks! I loved getting to wear something so sentimental to so many members of my family, and getting it altered meant I could turn it into my dream dress.While it wasn’t cheap, using this dress was less expensive than buying the new ones I considered. Win, win, win!

There’s always an excuse to buy a new dress, but this was the one day I could wear the gown two of the most important women in my life had worn. Add that to the fact that I finally married my best friend, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was truly a perfect day.

Learn more about her decision and the alteration process on Oh, Julia Ann

Photo by Chameleon Imagery

Lance and Julia Cain. Photo by Chameleon Imagery

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