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Nontraditional Bride Invites Bridesmaids To Rewear Their Old Wedding Gowns To Her Ceremony

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

At most weddings, the bride wears a white gown while everybody else wears pretty much any other color. But Audrey Moore and her husband Jesse Lumen wanted to do things differently. So they invited their entire bridal party to rewear their old wedding gowns to the ceremony.

“We thought it was sad that most women only get to wear their wedding dress once, so we invited all the women coming to our non-traditional wedding to wear their old wedding dresses again!” Jesse shared in a now-viral Reddit post.

Meanwhile, Audrey stood out from the crowd in an ice-blue princess gown. She told BuzzFeed News the reasoning behind their unusual wardrobe decision.

“We really wanted our wedding to really represent ourselves, our sense of humor, our creativity, and also not just celebrate ourselves but marriage in general as a choice,” she explained.

Indeed, their wedding was nontraditional in a bunch of other ways, too. It looks like it was one heck of a party.

Audrey Moore is an actress who has appeared in a few well-known TV shows, including Better Call Saul and Godless.

She’s also a newlywed.

Audrey married her partner, writer Jesse Lumen, on December 30. They put a lot of thought and planning into their wedding to make it reflect their own unique personalities.

Part of that included inviting their entire bridal party to rewear their old wedding dresses.

“We really wanted our wedding to really represent ourselves, our sense of humor, our creativity, and also not just celebrate ourselves but marriage in general as a choice,” Audrey told BuzzFeed News.

“I’ve been to all of their weddings and I saw them all in their beautiful dresses,” Audrey explained. “I wanted them to have the opportunity to wear their really magical, beautiful dress a second time.”

Of course, not all women would be thrilled at the idea of having to wear their wedding dresses again. But Audrey checked in with her bridal party, and they were all very into the idea.

The resulting effect was absolutely gorgeous.

“It was like watching a group of princesses come to life,” Audrey said.

Jesse posted the wedding photos to Reddit, where they went viral.

“We thought it was sad that most women only get to wear their wedding dress once, so we invited all the women coming to our non-traditional wedding to wear their old wedding dresses again!” he wrote.

Many Redditors loved this creative idea. Wearing the most beautiful dress of your life only one time is such a waste!

This is also a lovely way to rebel against the idea that only brides should wear white to weddings. People get in actual brawls over this.

Many people were wondering the same questions, though: What about people who had never been married, couldn’t fit into their old dresses, or just didn’t feel like wearing them again?

Jesse explained:

“Some women borrowed wedding dresses from their mothers or other family members,” he said. “If they didn’t have a wedding dress or didn’t want to wear one, we asked people to wear black and white or a costume!”

That explains all of the super-creative costumes at this fun-looking wedding!

There were other quirks to Audrey and Jesse’s big day, too. All of the groomsmen wore tuxedo hoodies in lieu of traditional tuxes. Audrey wore an ice-blue princess gown that she custom-designed for herself, and it transitioned perfectly into an Elsa costume later that evening.

They also said their vows Mad Libs-style, so the audience got to insert words of their choice. Instead of flowers, they decorated with piñatas.

“We had such a good time,” Audrey said. “We really wanted it to be sweet and also just taken seriously in the love for each other but not taken so seriously in any sort of pomp and circumstance.”

Mission accomplished!