Bride displays five generations of wedding dresses

GREENVILLE, Wis. (WBAY) – It was an exciting Saturday for a local couple who got married at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Guests will no doubt laud over Annette Preisler’s wedding gown, but also five others on display and worn by her relatives, the oldest dating back to the mid-1800’s.

“I feel like this is my way to honor all of the really strong women that have come before me and all of these role models who were married until death did they part,” said Preisler,

Also on display, the gown her grandmother, Audrey Conradt, wore on her wedding day. Conradt actually had all five dresses with her and helped Preisler put together the display in the church.

“I guess clothing was very important at our house. We didn’t have food so often so my mother was very conscious of clothes and I know she’d be extremely proud to know this was going on,” said Conradt.

Perhaps most touching, the dress worn by Preisler’s mother in 1982, who died of breast cancer several years ago.

“It was a long battle with that and we’ve all stayed together, stuck together through thick and thin and it’s just a cool way to show that off a bit. I think it says we value what has come before us and what is yet to be ” said Preisler.

Pictures were also on display of four of the five relatives on their wedding days, except for Preisler’s great-great-great-grandparents, who were married in 1860.

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