Martha Mae Ophelia Moon Tucker was married in 1952 but said Black women weren’t allowed in bridal shops at the time.
Martha Mae Ophelia Moon Tucker, 94, always wanted to wear a wedding dress. Although she got married way back in 1952 she wasn't able to wear a special gown for her big day because she said at the time, Black women weren't allowed in bridal shops. IT's heartbreaking to know that Tucker wasn't able to enjoy her big day wearing a lovely dress as she had always dreamed of. So Tucker’s grandkids decided to do something special. So what if it had been over seven decades? It's never too late to go after your dreams! The grandkids helped made Tucker's dreams finally come true last week when they surprised her with a trip to David’s Bridal in Hoover, Alabama. According to AL.com, Tucker’s granddaughter, Angela Strozier heard the 94-year-old say, “I’ve always wanted to try on a wedding dress. " Strozier recalled, "I said, ‘That’s no problem.’ She kinda brushed me off. She didn’t think I would do it.”
Strozier swiftly booked an appointment at David’s Bridal and called Birmingham makeup artist Pharris Clayton to help create a makeover for her beloved grandmother. When the family arrived at David’s, they explained exactly why they were there and the staff came on board to help make Tucker’s day even more special. “Everyone was so elated to help me do that for her,’’ Strozier said. “Everyone was catering to her because I told them her story.” After trying on two gowns, Tucker felt incredible. “When she walked out of the room and saw herself in the mirror, she said, ‘Oh, look at me,’’' Strozier recalled. “One of the other brides that was in there started crying.”Nearly 70 years later, Tucker looked absolutely lovely in her dream wedding dress! “I felt like I was getting married,’’ Tucker said. “I didn’t want to take it off, but I knew I had to. I looked good in it though.”
Tucker's husband died back in 1975. Before his death, the two went on to have four children, 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great, great-grandchild. While Tucker never wanted to remarry, she always wanted to wear a wedding dress. “You know, I can’t even express how special it was. It was too special,’' Tucker shared. “I’ve been wanting to do that a long time, just put one on. I wondered what I would look like walking down the aisle,’' she said. “I was like ‘Coming to America.’ It was exciting to me.”
Black women weren’t allowed in Alabama bridal shops when Martha Tucker wed in 1952. So, her grandkids stepped in.https://t.co/eJ37fPzJk8— REVOLT (@revolttv) July 10, 2021
Explaining how special Tucker is in the family's life, Strozier said, “She’s always willing to entertain us in our shenanigans. She has always told us to give her her flowers while she’s still here, not when she’s gone, so she can enjoy them. So, whenever she expresses that she wants to do something, wants to go somewhere, wants to experience something, we try to our best to make it happen,’' Strozier said. “She’s our grandmother, and to have a grandmother so full of life at 94 is a blessing.”