You’re never too old to fall in love. That’s definitely true for 93 year old Silvia Martin from Canberra, Australia. After many proposals, she finally agreed to marry her longtime friend and retirement home neighbor Frank Raymond. But what happened next is even more heartwarming. You’ll never believe what happened when she went shopping for her wedding dress.
Sylvia and her bridesmaids visited a local fashion boutique to find the perfect dress for the big day. But the lovely bride to be looked good in so many of the dresses that they couldn’t decide.
So the boutique took to Facebook and asked the internet to help Sylvia make her choice. They posted: “What Should Sylvia Wear To Her Wedding? Sylvia, 93, visited our store with her bridesmaids in tow to help choose a dress for her July wedding to Frank, 88. They live together in a retirement village. Frank and Sylvia have known each other for more than 20 years, and Frank has ‘many times’ asked Sylvia to marry him. Sylvia has always refused, thinking that to take a new surname would be disrespectful to her deceased husband. 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. We’re thrilled to play a tiny role in Sylvia’s love story – and think you’ll love it, too. So, what should Sylvia wear to her wedding? Tell us in the comments!”
Loads of responses and support came pouring in from around the world.
Natalie Ramsay wrote, “Wear D Sylvia! It makes you look stylish, sophisticated and not a day over 80! Wishing you and Frank lots of love and happy memories together.”
Jillienne Hoyle commented, “Sylvia should wear whatever makes her happy. She looks fantastic in all 4 outfits! Congrats Sylvia. It sounds like your lucky fiancé will love you whatever you wear!”
Robyn Stafford said, “I love A AND D! Sylvia you look amazing in both and whatever dress makes you feel special should be what you choose. Let’s face it, Frank won’t care. He clearly thinks you’re an amazing woman whatever you’re wearing! Brilliant post Birdsnest!”
Meredie Harrison wrote, “Definetly B Sylvia ! It is so flattering to your body shape and it’s more fun than the other choices ! Wish you loads of happiness on your special day.”
Katrina Woodman commented, “I think the femininity of lace is steering me towards C however better grab D too as your go-to date night dress. You are an absolute glamour Sylvia and Frank is a very lucky man. Wishing you much wedded bliss.”
Ceshton Hanns said, “D really makes a statement! I’d vote for D for wedding day – it has a little more drama. But buy B too because it’s gorgeous on you. I love this story.”
Alicia Alexander wrote, “I vote A. you have a great figure, sass and elegance Sylvia and this outfit represents all these attributes! I agree with fellow comments that you should take all 4 outfits because you amazing in them all! Congratulations.”
Dimi Kollias voted, “D would be my choice if I were choosing for Sylvia. But it is her decision to wear what she feels most comfortable in.. Congratulations to the beautiful couple.”
Sylvia even ended up being offered more help with her upcoming wedding to Frank.
Allison Crabbe-King wrote, “Hi Birdsnest team – what a most beautiful & inspiring story of love. I’m in the wine industry and I’d love to see if I could arrange a vintage sherry or port to send Sylvia and Frank for their wedding day.”
What a sweet gesture!
Which dress do you think Sylvia should wear to her wedding? Share your vote with us here in the comments section below.