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After my fiancée called off the engagement, I didn’t have the heart to put my wedding dress on. But before I put it into storage, I took some time to admire it, the layers of satin and lace and tulle. I ran my fingers over the sequins and beads on the bodice. I traced the details in the lace. I stroked the white satin ruffles and bows. When I lifted it, I noted its heaviness; when I swished the skirts, I listened to the rustling fabric, and watched the shadows play in the folds.

This wedding dress had not been my “dream” dress, but it did represent a dream… to be someone’s wife, someone’s “beloved” forever.

Wedding Dress 1

Wedding 2

Wedding 3

Wedding 4

I wore this dress a few years later for my next sweetheart, and we’ve been married for 18 years.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers. Layers can reveal, conceal, and make something more complex. They can vary in size, texture, color, or functionality. Each layer can have its own story, meaning, or purpose. They can overlap, blend, or be distinctly separate. A layer doesn’t have to be a part of a single object but can even be a slice of a multifaceted image or scene.