Sunday 20 August 2017

93-year-old bride asks Internet for help picking wedding dress

Not many could pull off a fiery red dress on their big day, but if anyone can it's 93-year-old bride-to-be Sylvia Martin

Bride-to-be Sylvia Martin, 93, asked the Internet to help choose her wedding dress. Photo: Birdsnest, Facebook
Bride-to-be Sylvia Martin, 93, asked the Internet to help choose her wedding dress. Photo: Birdsnest, Facebook

Karen Birney

She found the man, and the Internet found the dress!

Bride-to-be Sylvia Martin, 93, will soon tie the knot with Frank Raymond, 88, whom she has known for over 20 years, in a gorgeous red gúna chosen for her with the help of nearly 8,000 friendly Facebook users.

Sylvia, who lives in a retirement home with soon-to-be husband Frank, headed to Birdsnest in Australia to seek out the one for her wedding day and found not just one but four striking red gúnas that she looked absolutely incredible in - not a bad problem to have!

Unable to choose between the four fab frocks herself, the bride and boutique reached out to Facebook fans in the hopes of getting a 'hive mind' view of what one looked the best - and of course the Internet as a whole couldn't help but get involved!.

With four arguably perfect outifts to choose from; one an elegant square neck top and pencil skirt combo, another a spring-friendly floral wrap dress, another a chic three-quarter length sleeve lace number and the final a glamorous high-neck cape-style two piece that Patsy Stone would have been proud of, the Internet chose the third. The bride-to-be however bagged both the lace dress and the absolutely fabulous caped number - sure you're only young once!

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Bride-to-be Sylvia Martin, 93, asked the Internet to help choose her wedding dress. Photo: Birdsnest, Facebook

According to a post by the boutique on Facebook, widowed Sylvia took a long time before she said yes to he soon-to-be husband, not wanting to be disrespectful to her deceased husband's memory.

The couple had known each other for over two decades and in that time groom Frank admitted that he had asked her to be his wife several times.

"Sylvia has always refused, thinking that to take a new surname would be disrespectful to her deceased husband," the post said.

"A year ago, Sylvia took ill and moved to Canberra to be near her family, and Frank thought all hope was lost. When Sylvia recovered, she found Frank, who was living in Adelaide, and convinced him to move to Canberra to be with her. Frank arrived a couple of months ago and again asked Sylvia to marry him. Sylvia had learned that you can keep your own surname when you marry, and so said yes."

"'Everyone is so excited - they all call us the lovebirds,' Sylvia said in a recent interview with the Today Show as she held hands with her soon-to-be husband.

"At night when we go to bed they stay like that all night," she said of the couple's hand-holding.

"First thing in the morning, if I've let go or he's turned over I look for his hand."

The couple will be married in groom Frank's home on front of their closest friends and family with Sylvia in her gorgeous red lace gúna.

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