Carol Bates first saw her wedding dress at The Wedding Bell in Tacoma, Washington in 1957, and she immediately knew it was the one. Sixty years later, the dress is still going strong as Bates donned the frock once again to celebrate her 60th wedding anniversary over the weekend.
"My sister had said she would make my wedding dress for me, but we decided to go to look for some gowns just to get some ideas," Bates, 78, told Today. "We stopped there to look and I found the dress of my dreams."
Bates wore the gown to wed husband Bob Bates, and 30 years later, her daughter wore the dress for her own wedding. Ten years ago, Bates donned the lace number once again to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary, and again this year to celebrate her 60th. Each time, she had the dress altered at The Wedding Bell.
"It's a different owner (than in 1957), but with the same loving, genuine delight, they helped me get it all ready," said Bates, who is planning on wearing the dress for her 70th anniversary.
Bates and her husband met when she was 14, and the pair married when she finished high school. The couple, who went on to have four children, celebrated their 60th anniversary by renewing their vows Saturday in front of friends and family.
"I must say our love is as strong or stronger than it ever was," Bates said. She also had a bit of advice for couples looking to make things last.
"No. 1, we're not afraid to voice our opinion, but we respect one another and just because we have a different opinion, it doesn't mean we don't love one another," Bates said. "We've learned that we all make mistakes. We admit our mistakes. We ask forgiveness, and we get up and we go forward."
"The days sometimes seem a little long, but the years have just flown by!" she added.
H/T / Today