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First grandma then mum...daughter third to marry in dress

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WHEN Gympie girl Brooke Sutton was 13, she pulled out her grandmother's vintage lace wedding dress from an antique chest and tried it on with her mother.

The beautiful dress of the post Second World War era was too tight in the chest area as its long lace train fell to the floor.

Brooke's mother Bernadette looked at her daughter and said, 'Well that takes care of that'.

"Neither of us thought it would be an option (for my future wedding)," Brooke said.

But this afternoon, Brooke is wearing the vintage dress during her wedding to Gympie man Adam Johansen at Gympie's St Patrick's Church.

Much like Cinderella and the glass slipper, when Brooke revisited the dress years after the teenage dress-up, it fit like a glove.

The only adjustment needed was an extension of the hem.

Wearing the dress means a lot for Brooke, 28, Adam, 31, and their families.

Today, it is the third time the dress has been worn for a wedding.

Brooke's mother's married husband Robert Sutton on May 22 in 1982 while her grandmother, Mary Fitzpatrick, married husband Tom on April 23 in 1949.

In a fitting twist of fate, both earlier weddings also took place at St Patrick's Church in Gympie.

"The dress is very frail," Brooke said of the wedding gown, complete with vintage full-length veil.

"It's really special to be wearing the dress and means a lot."

Brooke will wear the dress during the church ceremony tomorrow before changing shortly after into a modern alternative at Southside's Gunabul Homestead during the reception.

"It's not something you can dance in," Brooke said.

The bride arrives at the church in her father's uncle Ken File's horse-pulled vintage cart - setting the old-world theme of the day.

The horse pulling the cart belongs to Brooke, who started harness training last year in preparation for the big day.

After spending some time travelling North Queensland with her fiancé ahead of the wedding, Brooke got back to Gympie two months ago and finished preparing her horse.

"The cart has no brakes so it will be a short trip to the church," she said.

After the reception this evening, Brooke and Adam will leave for their honeymoon at Daydream Island.

And again with a nod to the past, it is the same destination visited by Brooke's grandmother and her husband.

Leading up to the big day, Brooke has fielded questions from family wondering if the August 1 date is linked to horses' birthday.

"There's a lot of things lining up today but this isn't one of them," Brooke said.

"August 1 is the date of our 10th anniversary."

Making today even more special is the permission Mary Fitzpatrick, the bride who started it all, has from her doctors to attend.

Gympie Times

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