In 1952 Martha and Lehmann Tucker became husband and wife. While the wedding was a true novel, it lacked one element that brides wanted – the traditional white lace wedding dress.
But at that time, Martha was unable to shop at a separate bridal shop in Birmingham, Alabama.
Martha kept these memories to herself for years, but recently the 94-year-old expressed her long-term hopes for her granddaughter Angela Strozier.
Knowing the sacrifices that black women of Martha’s generation make every day – a denial of many of the customs, modesty, and basic rights that others take for granted – Strozier decided it was time to grant a wedding dress request her grandmother made.
Last July, after a refreshing lunch and makeup session, we headed to David’s Bride in Hoover, Alabama, where the wedding gown Martha had always dreamed of, full of floor-length lace sleeves, matching veils, and even a cheeky. charming thigh-length lace garter awaited her.
“When I first wore this dress, I was so excited,” Martha told CNN. “It was like getting married again. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I was shocked. I said to myself, “Who is this?” I can’t even describe how I felt when I saw myself in a wedding dress.”
“The lucky one doesn’t really paint a picture of how this made me feel,” added Strozier. “My grandmother has always been a donor, so finally giving her such an expensive experience was invaluable. Happiness isn’t something to be taken for granted.”
Unfortunately, Lehman Tucker died in 1975. The day she married him, Martha vowed that one day she would wear a dress worthy of that vow.
Even though it took 70 years, she kept that promise – and if he has an afterlife we can be sure that her beloved groom was looking down and smiling at his beautiful bride.
See her video below.