Bride wears dream wedding dress after 70 year wait

In 1952, Martha and Lehman Tucker took their wedding vows. Although it was, in most respects, a fairytale wedding, one thing was missing from the big day, Martha’s dream wedding gown.

Martha and Lehman got married in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, a heavily racially segregated area at the time, where she was not welcome in bridal stores.

Martha recently confided her long held desire to wear a white, lace wedding gown to her granddaughter, Angela, who, knowing the challenges and discrimination black women of Martha’s generation faced day-to-day, decided to make her wish come true.


Martha Tucker, aged 94, wears her dream wedding dress after a 70 year wait.

In July 2021, after a pampering and make-up session, Martha and her bridal party headed to Davids Bridal in Hoover, Alabama, where a full length lace gown awaited her, together with a veil and even a cheeky lace garter.

“When I first put on that dress, I was just so very excited,” Martha told CNN.. “It was like I was getting married all over again. When I saw myself in the mirror, I was shocked. I said to myself, ‘Who is that?’. I can’t even explain the feeling I got seeing myself in the wedding dress.”

Sadly Martha’s beloved husband, Lehman, passed away in 1975 and never got to see his beautiful bride in all her splendour, but Martha promised him on their wedding day that, one day, she would wear a dress worthy of the vows she made to him.

It may have taken her 70 years to do so, but she fulfilled her promise. Hopefully her groom was looking down on her with as much pride as he did every day of his life.

Watch Martha’s ‘big day’

Article by Sally White
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