When Jordyn Cleverly, a 23-year-old hair stylist from Boise, Idaho, got engaged to her high school sweetheart, it was a dream come true. The couple had been together since they were 14 and set the date for September 23rd.
She was thrilled, but there was one problem—she couldn’t find a dress that felt right.
“After our engagement, I tried on a couple of dresses at like a local wedding dress shop, and I just couldn’t find anything that had the style, that antique vintage style that I was looking for,” she told Inside Edition.
Luckily, a real vintage wedding dress happened to come her way, and it was one that even had some special meaning to her.
It was her grandmother’s old wedding dress.
Jordyn’s grandmother, 74-year-old Penny Jensen, had worn the dress at her wedding back in 1962. Her husband had sadly passed away 25 years ago.
Not knowing what to do with her old dress, Jensen was planning to donate it. But when Jordyn found out, she intervened—without telling her grandma.
“[My grandma] had zero idea,” she told Inside Edition. “She had no idea it was even in my possession.”
When she tried it on, she found it was the perfect style she had been looking for—slightly large on her, but still in great shape for a 55-year-old dress.
“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.'”
She had found the perfect dress in a family heirloom. But since her grandmother still didn’t know, she came up with a great idea: She wanted to surprise her before the wedding.
Jordyn planned to reveal the dress to her grandma in a surprise photoshoot with her wedding photographer. She wanted to capture the emotional moment—but keep it separate from her actual wedding day.
“I didn’t want her to see it for the first time walking down the aisle and just start sobbing and all those memories come back to her,” Jordyn explained to Inside Edition.
Two days before the wedding, it was time for the big reveal.
Her grandmother was shocked—she had no idea what to expect.
“I told her it was a small family photo shoot with my parents and grandparents because we probably wouldn’t have enough time to do it the day of the wedding,” Jordyn told Inside Edition.
But the surprise paid off. Penny was stunned and incredibly moved to see her granddaughter standing there in her dress, especially since she thought it had been donated months ago.
“I kind of blacked out for a second because it was such an emotional rollercoaster,” Jordyn recalled to Inside Edition. “All I heard her saying in the back was, ‘Wow, wow, wow.’”
“She was just speechless.”
The bride’s photographer, Kortney J, was also overwhelmed by the emotional scene.
“Being a part of that was absolutely beautiful, emotional, and amazing,” she told 1010 WINS.
“It was one of the most unique and beautiful moments I’ve gotten to capture.”
The grandmother and granddaughter also shared a special bond. They didn’t just share a wedding dress—they realized they both married their high school sweethearts.
“I married my high school sweetheart in this dress and so will you.”
If that wasn’t emotional enough, it also suddenly began to rain—which they took as a sign from the late grandfather.
“As the bride walked outside to see her grandma, it began to rain,” Kortney recalled to 1010 WINS. “We all viewed the rain as teardrops from heaven looking down.”
“It made the moment just that much more beautiful and special.”
Jordyn was happily married two days later—and decided she would always keep the dress and hopefully pass it down to her own granddaughter.