By Lauren Fruen
A BRIDE wore her late mum’s wedding dress as a surprise for her dad after he lost his wife of 26 years to cancer.
Grieving Shelby Sander took the gown from her family home’s attic in secret, arranging the touching photoshoot in tribute.
Shelby’s mum Angie died of cancer aged just 49 in March 2016.
Her tragic death came just days before the pair of them had planned to go bridal shopping.
So when Shelby, 23, and fiancé Scott Rogers, 24, planned an engagement photoshoot with Taylor Brooke she decided to take some extra pictures for her dad.
She took the dress and Taylor managed to secretly capture the emotional images before her dad Curt, 53, and Scott arrived.
Shelby had planned to surprise her dad on her wedding day but loved the pictures so much she had to show him straight away.
The couple, who live in California, now plan to get married in September this year.
Shelby said: “I wanted to go wedding dress shopping with my mum but she died days before our appointment. She never made it.
“I wanted my mum there and to have that special moment. So I had the idea that I would take photos in my mum’s wedding dress.
“I didn’t have to alter it – it fit perfectly.
“Dad said I looked just as beautiful as my mum did in the dress, and that I would make her proud.
“My mum and dad had the perfect marriage so there is definitely good luck in the dress.
“It was the most perfect day for the pictures too. My dad kept saying that the weather held up because mum was looking over me.
“It was a real mix of emotions when I put on the dress.
“The location we had chosen for her engagement shoot was called Heaven.
“I wanted to honour my mum and my parents.”