We’ve never seen a first look quite like this. When 23-year-old bride Jordyn Cleverly from Boise, Idaho, married her high school sweetheart, Dakota Cleverly, she looked stunning in a vintage ball gown with long lace sleeves. But this wasn’t just any wedding dress—Cleverly chose to surprise her grandmother Penny Jensen by wearing the same gown Jensen wore to marry her high school sweetheart in 1962. Cleverly’s grandfather passed away 25 years ago, and her grandmother kept the dress for all these years.
Jensen had intended to give the dress away, but Cleverly had other ideas for the ball gown that involved checking off both her “something old” and “something borrowed.” Without her grandmother knowing, Cleverly snuck the dress away to prep it for her own “I dos.”
“I went and tried [the dress] on and it was actually maybe a size or two too big, so I contacted a local seamstress to see if there was anything we could do with it, and she said, ‘Absolutely, it’s in fantastic shape,'” Cleverly tells Inside Edition. “[My grandma] had zero idea; she had no idea it was even in my possession.”
At the rehearsal dinner, Cleverly finally slipped on the dress to show her grandmother, and what followed was an incredibly emotional first look, captured by photographer Kortney Peterson.
“I didn’t want her to see it for the first time walking down the aisle and just start sobbing and [have] all those memories come back to her,” Cleverly says.
After seeing her granddaughter in the dress for the first time, Jensen was “speechless,” according to Cleverly. “All I heard her saying in the back was, ‘Wow, wow, wow.’ I finally went up and hugged her and she whispered in my ear, ‘I married my high school sweetheart in this dress and so will you.’”
See more photos from Cleverly’s wedding day here.