Something borrowed, made anew
Grandmother’s, mother’s wedding dress worn thrice.
When Krista Sabin strolled down the aisle at the Berean Fundamental Church in Broken Bow last Saturday, she was carrying on a tradition.
Krista, a 2008 graduate of Gothenburg High School, was clothed in the same wedding dress that was worn by her mother and grandmother.
“I was kind of proud she wanted to wear it,” said Krista’s grandmother, Joan (Klever) Anderson of Gothenburg.
Anderson remembers traveling to North Platte during the winter of 1962 where she bought the wedding dress from O’Conner’s Department Store.
She also bought a “two-piece blue suit, a white wool coat and a blue pillbox hat” for her going-away attire.
On May 6, Klever married N. Dale Anderson of Gothenburg, in Bowman Chapel outside Guthrie Center, IA.
She was from Guthrie Center but moved to Gothenburg in 1961 to live with her sister, Leoris Deardorff. A year later, while working at the Oasis Cafe on Highway 30, she met her future husband.
The couple had four children, including Melissa, who discovered the wedding gown hanging in the basement and secretly wore it while playing “dress up.”
“I always liked it,” Melissa said.
After dating Sam Sabin throughout high school, Melissa married him on Sept. 14, 1991, in the United Methodist Church, and wore her mother’s dress.
“I had no idea she would want to wear it,” Joan said. “I thought it was special and helped keep wedding costs down.”
Melissa added shoulder pads and eliminated a big hoop skirt and some of the can-can skirts Joan wore underneath the dress on her wedding day.
Like her mother, Krista spotted her grandmother’s wedding gown in the basement and also played dress-up.
“A couple of years ago, she said she’d like to wear it when she got married,” Melissa said. “I was excited.”
After deciding to marry Jeremiah Leak of Broken Bow, Krista had the dress altered by making it strapless but had the original sleeves fashioned into gloves she wore.
“At first I thought she should wear it like it was but the girls all have to have it different,” Joan said. “That was all right.”