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Betty Squires

Austere but graceful 1940s glamour describes this bias-cut satin gown worn by three Eichorn sisters: Jeannette Buecker in 1944, Donna Lebsack in 1946 and Betty Squires (pictured here) in 1952. Nearly 30 years later, the dress was also worn by Kay Buecker, daughter-in-law to Jeannette. The gown is draped into a sculpted form. A broad shoulder, popular at the time, adds stature and balances out the regal train. A sweetheart neckline and subtle beaded accents complete this gown.

Wedding gowns from 1905 to the future will be shown Saturday, July 28, at Unboxed Wedding Memories, a fundraiser for P.E.O. Sisterhood by Chapter GQ, an organization that promotes educational opportunities for women.

The event will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd.

Barb Fitchett, wedding coordinator at St. Mark’s, proposed the style show idea to members of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an organization that provides scholarships and loans to women wanting to continue their education.

A planning committee has been meeting for two years to organize the unique fundraiser, Fitchett said.

“We are a creative and talented group of women, so Unboxed Wedding Memories soon took on a life of its own,” she said.

The event will feature a style show with models wearing 50 heritage wedding gowns from 1905 to the future, she said.

“We think participants will enjoy remembering the changes in styles in wedding attire – from our great grandmothers to a wedding that is yet to be planned,” Fitchett said. “A select few gowns will be on display with the rest of the gowns being modeled with period piano music to match the decade.”

Vendors displaying their products and services include A Chocolate Studio, Adorned Bridal, Aka̒la Jewelry, Augstums Printing, Butterfly Bakery, Chez Hey Venue Options, Oak Creek Plants and Flowers, Moments in Time Images, Shannon Formal Wear, The Fringe Hair Design and Venue Catering.

The dresses were loaned by P.E.O. chapters in Lincoln and Omaha. Dresses on display include a Cinderella dress, a mermaid dress, a 1960s mini dress, wedding suits from World War I and World War II, a prairie-influenced dress and a parachute dress. Some will be non-traditional gowns of blue and black, and three of the featured gowns were worn by multiple family members.

“Some are highly romantic and others are minimal in design, but the intent is to bring back wonderful memories,” Fitchett said.

Tickets will be available at the door for $10. Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments provided.

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