Many little girls dream of the moment they will go try on wedding gowns and pick out the most beautiful dress to wear on her special day. But 94-year-old Martha Tucker never got to live her dream, that is, until her loving family decided it was time to make her fantasy a reality.
Just weeks ago, Martha Mae Ophelia Moon Tucker was watching the elaborate wedding scene in the movie, Coming to America, when she mentioned to her granddaughter, Angela Strozier, that she always wanted to try on a wedding gown, WVTM13 reports. But according to Tucker, when she married the love of her life almost 70 years ago, segregation laws in Alabama made it illegal for her, as a black woman, to step foot into a bridal parlor.
So instead of a classic white wedding dress, Tucker confessed that on the day she said “I do,” she wore a blue mermaid style dress that someone loaned her, while her husband Lehman, donned a yellow sports coat and white pants. Saddened by her story, her granddaughter set out to do something about it.
Strozier and Tucker’s other family members then made an appointment at their local David’s Bridal. Finally, Tucker was able to try on the perfect wedding gown — and she felt like an absolute princess. “When I went into the bridal shop, that dress had my name on it,” she recalled. “Oh, it was so beautiful… I was in heaven.”
Tucker walked in to the bridal shop and fell in love with a gorgeous floral lace gown, with a matching veil to complete the look. The family captured the special moment and posted photos along with a video clip on Facebook. “I’m getting married!,” she shouts excitedly.
While she didn’t want to take the dress off, Tucker didn’t actually purchase the gown. However, she expressed how grateful she was for the effort her family put in to give her an experience she’d always wanted, and to make her feel beautiful. “I looked in the mirror at myself wanting to know who that is,” Tucker told ABC. “Yeah, I was very excited! I felt great! I told ya, it felt just like I was getting married!”
Tucker has four children of her own, 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild! And word has it that now, her crew is gearing up to throw her the real wedding reception she never got to have. How sweet!