“I will say that she did say, ‘Are you sure want to do this? Because once I start we can’t go back.’” Lily gave her grandmother the guidelines that she wanted her dress to be “flowy” and “princess like.” Whittaker and Kelley then found a combination of patterns they liked and Kelley quickly created her granddaughter’s dream First Communion gown. Lily Whittaker, 8, of Lima, Ohio, wore a First Communion dress made from her mother’s wedding gown. The only parts that remain of Whittaker’s wedding gown are now the very top and the very bottom sections of the dress. “My mom held it up and said, ‘This is what left,’” Whittaker recalled. “I had a little pang of, ‘Oh this is sad,’ but when I saw the finished product on Lily it made me feel good because it looked beautiful.” Lily received many compliments on her unique dress, during what Whittaker described as an “emotional” First Communion celebration. “She is our oldest, so watching her go through that sacrament was in and of itself great. But then seeing her in that dress, it was emotional,” Whittaker said. “We were so proud of her, too.” Kelley returned home from her trip in time to watch her granddaughter receive the sacrament in the wedding gown she’d previously helped her daughter select.
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