The Bridges Assisted Living Community in Riverview recently hosted a spectacular bridal affair which included a presentation by Leigh Anne Brown called “Portrait of a Bride.” Featured was a collection of 22 vintage wedding dresses ranging from the 1800’s to present day. Leigh Anne captured everyone’s attention as she chronicled the evolution of women and brides over the years.
Held in the Bridge’s Clubhouse, residents and guests were delighted with the wedding-like atmosphere complete with decorated chandeliers and chairs, floral arrangements, wedding music and three specially decorated wedding cakes from the 1940’s, 1970’s and 2016.
A Bridal Fashion Show followed the presentation as staff members, as well as daughters and granddaughters of residents, modeled wedding dresses that belonged to residents, family and staff. It was a rare occasion for some to see their wedding dress being modeled after the many years that have passed. Marie Portner, daughter of a resident, commented, “It was a heartwarming moment to see a Bridge’s employee model my wedding dress that had been tucked away for 36 years. It brought back memories of a very special day in my life.”
In lieu of wedding gifts, guests were asked to support ECHO (Emergency Care Help Organization) by bringing a wedding gift that they chose from the “Gift Registry.”