Wedding gowns and their history told at Just Friends luncheon

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 Wedding gowns, from 1895 to 2012 were on display at the Just Friends luncheon on Wednesday at the Hideaway Beach Club. From front to top, the models are Kristina Temkiewicz, Bonnie Draper, Joanne Blau, Nancy Healy, Kathy Miracco, Deborah Spalvins, Myrna O'Reilly and Carole Roberts.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Wedding gowns, from 1895 to 2012 were on display at the Just Friends luncheon on Wednesday at the Hideaway Beach Club. From front to top, the models are Kristina Temkiewicz, Bonnie Draper, Joanne Blau, Nancy Healy, Kathy Miracco, Deborah Spalvins, Myrna O'Reilly and Carole Roberts.

Above: Kristina Temkiewicz models an 1895 wedding dress at the Just Friends luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on Wednesday. Wedding dresses from 1895 to 2012 were on display. Upper right:Ed and Kathy Miracco share a kiss as she brought back memories, wearing her wedding dress as part of the Just Friends luncheon fashion show

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Above: Kristina Temkiewicz models an 1895 wedding dress at the Just Friends luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on Wednesday. Wedding dresses from 1895 to 2012 were on display. Upper right:Ed and Kathy Miracco share a kiss as she brought back memories, wearing her wedding dress as part of the Just Friends luncheon fashion show

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 Joanne Blau models a dress worn in a wedding in 1957 at the Just Friends luncheon on Wednesday. Models wore dresses dating from 1895 to 2012.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Joanne Blau models a dress worn in a wedding in 1957 at the Just Friends luncheon on Wednesday. Models wore dresses dating from 1895 to 2012.

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 Myrna O'Reilly is wearing a 2011 wedding gown at the Just Friends luncheon at the Hideaway Beach Club on Wednesday.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Myrna O'Reilly is wearing a 2011 wedding gown at the Just Friends luncheon at the Hideaway Beach Club on Wednesday.

Roger LaLonde/Staff 
 Wedding gowns, from 1895 to 2012 were on display at the Just Friends luncheon on Wednesday at the Hideaway Beach Club. From front to top, the models are Kristina Temkiewicz, Bonnie Draper, Joanne Blau, Nancy Healy, Kathy Miracco, Deborah Spalvins, Myrna O'Reilly and Carole Roberts.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde/Staff Wedding gowns, from 1895 to 2012 were on display at the Just Friends luncheon on Wednesday at the Hideaway Beach Club. From front to top, the models are Kristina Temkiewicz, Bonnie Draper, Joanne Blau, Nancy Healy, Kathy Miracco, Deborah Spalvins, Myrna O'Reilly and Carole Roberts.

Deborah Spalvins, models a wedding dress worn in a 1980 wedding as part of the fashion show.

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Deborah Spalvins, models a wedding dress worn in a 1980 wedding as part of the fashion show.

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 Carole Roberts wears this wedding gown, worn by Marco Islander Libby Milatoís mother Marie Hajdikova when she married James Zak on April 22, 1922 in Chicago. Wedding gowns, dating from 1985 to 2012 were modeled at the Just Friends luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on Wednesday.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Carole Roberts wears this wedding gown, worn by Marco Islander Libby Milatoís mother Marie Hajdikova when she married James Zak on April 22, 1922 in Chicago. Wedding gowns, dating from 1985 to 2012 were modeled at the Just Friends luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on Wednesday.

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Nancy Healy models a dress from the early 1970's at the Just Friends luncheon that featured gowns from 1895 to 2012 on Wednesday at the Hideaway Beach Club. See more photos online at marconews.com.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff (4) Nancy Healy models a dress from the early 1970's at the Just Friends luncheon that featured gowns from 1895 to 2012 on Wednesday at the Hideaway Beach Club. See more photos online at marconews.com.

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 Kathy Miracco smiles as she shows her wedding dress that she wore when she married her husband Ed on June 17, 1978 at the Church of the Sacred Heart on Staten Island, N.Y. She wa part of a wedding gown show, with gowns dating from 1895 to 2012 at the Just Friends luncheon.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Kathy Miracco smiles as she shows her wedding dress that she wore when she married her husband Ed on June 17, 1978 at the Church of the Sacred Heart on Staten Island, N.Y. She wa part of a wedding gown show, with gowns dating from 1895 to 2012 at the Just Friends luncheon.

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 Ed and Kathy Miracco share a kiss as she brought back memories, wearing her wedding dress as part of the Just Friends luncheon fashion show of gowns, dating from 1895 to 2012. Kathy modeled her dress she wore at her wedding on June 17, 1978.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Ed and Kathy Miracco share a kiss as she brought back memories, wearing her wedding dress as part of the Just Friends luncheon fashion show of gowns, dating from 1895 to 2012. Kathy modeled her dress she wore at her wedding on June 17, 1978.

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 Bonnie Draper wears a wedding dress worn by Marco Islander Gail Fischer's mom, Rose Brozyn, when she wed Orville Schleis on June 25, 1938. Draper was one of eight models for gowns worn from 1895 to 2012 at the Just Friends luncheon.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Bonnie Draper wears a wedding dress worn by Marco Islander Gail Fischer's mom, Rose Brozyn, when she wed Orville Schleis on June 25, 1938. Draper was one of eight models for gowns worn from 1895 to 2012 at the Just Friends luncheon.

Eight models, wearing wedding gowns from 1895 to 2012, were on display at the Just Friends luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on Wednesday.The unique fashion show was presented by the Marco Island Historical Society, with member Ed Miracco the narrator. His wife, Kathy, Historical Society president, was one of the models.

Ed Miracco's narration, in part, included:

All the gowns, except the newest gown, are on loan to Marco Island Historical Society through the generosity of several Marco Islanders and Curves members.

Kristina Temkiewicz, who is modeling the 1895 wedding dress owned by Marg Akys and was worn by her great grandmother when she wed in Ontario, Canada.

The tradition for the bride to wear white began in the 16th century and is still commonly followed today. This is a symbol of the bride's purity and her worthiness of her groom. The tradition became solidified during the time of Queen Victoria who rebelled against the royal tradition for Royal brides to wear silver. Instead, the queen preferred the symbolism, which is expressed by wearing white. The brides of the time quickly emulated the queen, and the tradition has continued in full force to this day.

Many brides in the late 1800s simply wore their best dress when they were married. We have added a veil to this ensemble because Kristina looks so beautiful in a veil.

Carol Roberts is modeling the dress worn by Marco Islander Libby Milato's mother Marie Hajdikova when she married James Zak on April 22, 1922, in Chicago. Libby held onto to this wonderful dress and donated it to the Marco Island Historical Society.

With the outbreak of World War I styles became simple and reflected the changing role of women in society with hems getting shorter and the disposing of tightly laced corsets. Coco Chanel was a powerful force behind the change in women's fashions and was the one who officially introduced the short wedding dress in the 1920s.

Bonnie Draper is modeling the dress worn by Marco Islander Gail Fischer's mom, Rose Brozyna, when she wed Orville Schleis on June 25, 1938 at St. Mary of Angels Church in Green Bay, Wisc. The dress was made by Rose and is satin and crepe brocade with a long train.

Gail tells us that her mother's inspiration for the dress was Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. Wallis Simpson was a U.S. socialite who became the wife of Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII), after Edward had abdicated the British throne to marry her.

Joanne Blau is modeling the dress worn by Marco Islander Carol Tadio when she wed on June 15, 1957 at St. Luke's Church in Glenside, Pa. Grace Kelly was wed in 1956 and some of the influence from Grace Kelly's wedding dress can be seen in Carole's. Both dresses included lace, silk taffeta, tulle and seeded pearls.

Nancy Healy is modeling a dress from the early 1970s. This dress is on loan from the Bargain Basket. Empire line bodices on dresses were one of the typical newer 1960s fashion silhouettes. The high-waisted Directoire look had been gaining ground since 1960.

Nearly all cultures have showered the wedding couple with symbolic food. For example, the French throw wheat, Sicilians throw wheat bread and salt, and the English throw pieces of cake.

The 1970s represented the first true fashion trends that came straight from the streets, rather than the designers. This also is the first time in history that women's pantsuit was accepted and bell bottoms were considered fashion forward. Wedding fashion was very romantic with a medieval flair, including hand-clipped lace and beaded pearl.

Kathy Miracco is modeling the dress she wore when she married (me) on June 17, 1978 at the Church of the Sacred Heart on Staten Island, N.Y. She purchased the dress at Klienfelds, the bridal shop made famous by the popular TV show "Say Yes to the Dress." Beginning in 1976 wedding gown styles had turned from the stiff, structured gowns, to the stretch of polyester double knit, heralded as the fabric of the future.

A wedding cake, traditionally a symbol of good luck and fertility, has been a part of wedding celebrations since Roman times, when a small bun, symbolizing fertility, was broken above the bride's head at the close of the ceremony. During the Middle Ages, custom required the bride and groom to kiss over small cakes.

In old England it was traditional to bake a ring into the wedding cake as a symbol of bliss and happiness.

Deborah Spalvins is modeling a dress worn by Marco Islander Marg Akys at her wedding in 1980. Her wedding was in a garden in New Market, Ontario. The dress was made by Marg's mom Doris. Marg's great grandmother wore the first dress you saw in the show in 1895.

It is believed to be bad luck for the bride to wear her complete outfit before the wedding day. As an extension to this, some brides leave a final stitch on the dress undone until the day of the wedding for good luck.

The phrase, "tying the knot," initially came from an ancient Babylonian custom in which threads from the clothes of the bride and bridegroom were tied in a knot to symbolize the couples union.

Myrna O'Reilly is wearing the wedding gown my daughter Allison wore when she wed Eric Mueller on Oct. 22, 2011 on Marco Island.

The last bit of wedding traditions that I will share with you today is about the custom of tiered cakes. This custom emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over the ever-higher cake without knocking it over. Queen Victoria's wedding cake weighed 300 pounds."

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