See The Resemblance? 9 Mother-&-Daughter Pairs As Brides

In honor of Mother's Day, we're celebrating brides and the most important women in their lives with a peek into the past. Click through to see some modern brides — and what their moms (and one grandma!) looked like on their wedding days. Warning: heartfelt family stories ahead!


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Rachel Capo, 25, got married on October 11, 2014. Her custom-made Birnbaum & Bullock gown perfectly reflected her wedding style: traditional with a trendy twist. "I knew I wanted a lace, mermaid dress, and the shredded organza skirt had that unique factor I was looking for," she says.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rachel Capo/Bridal Guide.
Rachel — the fashion advertising manager at Bridal Guide — incorporated a lace sleeve from her mom's Eve of Milady wedding dress, which she wore in 1983, into her all-white bouquet. Her younger sister plans to do the same with the other sleeve when she gets married. "My mom is my best friend, and I don't know what I'd do without her. She gives me endless love and support — I'm so lucky to have her in my life!" Rachel says.
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Stefania Sainato, 28, married her high school sweetheart on September 1, 2013, at the Regina Pacis Basilica in Brooklyn, New York, where her parents had tied the knot 27 years earlier. "It was surreal," she says. "Our joy was indescribable."

The bride wore a custom Ines Di Santo gown with a detailed sweetheart neckline and crystal-embellished sleeves. "I truly savored every part of the planning process, but dress-shopping with my mom at Bridal Reflections was my favorite part. Up until this point, getting married felt like a far-off dream, but when I tried on my gown and put a veil on, it was as if everything shifted into crystal-clear focus. I couldn’t help tearing up," the bride says.
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Photo: Courtesy of Stefania Sainato/Bridal Guide.
Stefania's mother, Maria, wore an Eve of Milady gown with an illusion portrait neckline and cathedral-length train for her wedding in 1985.

When Stefania was a little girl, she would ask to watch her parents' wedding video on repeat, and ask why she wasn't invited (she didn't realize she hadn't been born yet). In hindsight, that might have been the first sign that she would later become the senior web producer of a bridal publication!

Related: 50 Sweet Mother-Daughter Moments

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Eriko Dunn, 30, selected a lace, fit-and-flare La Sposa wedding gown for her wedding on September 6, 2014. "I loved how it was soft and romantic, elegant, and unique all at the same time," she says. She accessorized with a bolero by Rosa Clará for the ceremony for a more conservative, formal look, and later removed it for the reception.
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Photo: Courtesy of Eriko Dunn/Bridal Guide.
Eriko's mother, Tomoko, wed in Japan in 1984. She wore a white wedding dress for part of her ceremony before switching to a traditional Japanese kimono.

"I would have loved to do that, too, but it seemed like a lot of work! Instead, I decided to incorporate as many Japanese decorative pieces and traditions as I could," Eriko says. Her mother hand-made origami cranes to accompany her daughter's seating cards and guests' place settings. With her mom's creative help, the bride also incorporated paper parasols and fans, as well as a Japanese sake-tasting tradition into the ceremony.
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Pepa Casselman, 33, is a self-professed jeans and T-shirt kind of girl, but she pulled out all the stops with her glamorous Maggie Sottero sheath at her wedding on August 23, 2014. Not only was it appropriate for her barn venue, but the straps allowed her to be comfortable while dancing, and the beading shimmered in the nighttime. "I just loved it. It kills me that I have it stored in a closet, and I can't enjoy it every day!" Pepa says.

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Photo: Courtesy of Pepa Casselman/Bridal Guide.
Pepa's grandmother, Mary, helped raise her up until the age of 11 when sadly, she passed away. "She is the reason I work hard, strive for perfection, and use my creativity in everything I do," Pepa says.

Related: Top 7 Wedding Tasks for Moms

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Francesca Culp, 25, is an only child, so her wedding was very special to her parents, especially her mom. She legally married her husband just two weeks after getting engaged since he's in the Air Force, and they wanted to make it official in case he ended up being deployed.

On September 5, 2014, they celebrated with a wedding reception in Nebraska, and the bride wore a La Sposa wedding gown. "I loved the mermaid fit, scalloped neckline, unique design at my waist, and that my dress was all lace. I was pretty comfortable in it despite the fact that it was very heavy," Francesca says.


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Photo: Courtesy of Francesca Culp/Bridal Guide.
Francesca's mother, Adrianna, tied the knot in 1986 wearing a J. C. Penney dress. "Of course, she looked gorgeous and rocked those lace sleeves!" Francesca says.

"One of the things I love most about her is how giving she is. Ever since I was little, she's instilled in me not only the importance of counting our blessings but also serving those who are less fortunate," Francesca adds. For example, Adrianna runs reo bakpak, a company that donates school supplies to children's organizations in downtown Los Angeles.

Her marriage advice for her daughter was sweet and to-the-point: "Be good to him, and he'll be good to you!" Right now, Francesca's husband is stationed in Nebraska while she's finishing her clinical rotations as an occupational therapist in Los Angeles. "We can't wait to continue being newlyweds, since we've been apart for almost our entire first year of marriage," she says.
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Molly Garbe, 28, wed in Tucson, Arizona, on March 7, 2015, in a Shareen Bridal dress that was elegant and timeless, yet edgy and comfortable. The silk-taffeta, A-line style featured a plunging neckline, thin straps, and an open back. "I felt like a princess ready to dance the night away under the full moon. I'm hoping to wear it again!" Molly says.

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Photo: Courtesy of Molly Garbe Brown/Bridal Guide.
Molly's mother, Mary, was involved in the wedding-planning process for both sisters; she offered her input and advice, and accompanied them to appointments, including dress fittings. "She has the deepest faith in the ones she loves, and I wouldn't have gotten through my wedding day without her," Molly says.

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Leah Marie Smith, 30, channeled Beyoncé at her August 2, 2014, wedding in a glamorous trumpet-style Alfred Angelo gown with Swarovski crystals around the neckline and waist, and a lace-up back. "My seamstress added the belt at the last minute, and it made the dress even more fantastic!" she says.

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Photo: Courtesy of Bridal Guide.
Leah and her husband chose the same colors that her parents had at their wedding: The bridesmaids wore light, blush-pink dresses, and the groomsmen donned gray tuxedos.

"My 60-year-old mom, Stacy, is the epitome of class and grace, with a heart of gold. She has taught me so much about life and love, and I feel more than prepared to take this journey with my wonderful husband," Leah says.
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Felicia Elise Macchi, 31, wore a Mori Lee mermaid gown featuring a sweetheart neckline and V-shaped back for her nuptials on December 6, 2014. "It epitomized everything I loved about our wedding day: It was gorgeous and romantic, with a touch of sparkle," she says. She accessorized with a beaded belt.
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Photo: Courtesy of Felicia Elise Macchi/Bridal Guide.
Felicia's mother, Patricia, eloped in 1978, and she and her husband threw a big wedding reception 10 years later with family, friends, and their children, to renew their vows. Her daughter was the flower girl at the festivities.

When it was Felicia's turn to get married, she honored her mom by asking her to walk her down the aisle and give her away at the ceremony. She and her husband also presented their moms with long-stemmed white roses at the ceremony as a symbol of their gratitude and love.
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Dana Aschman Barry, 27, got married in a Disney-themed celebration on June 21, 2014. When she discovered her Martina Liana dress, the moment was even more magical than she had anticipated: "I couldn't stop turning and staring at myself in the mirror! I felt elegant and sophisticated, just like the city of Charleston (where we tied the knot). I knew it was the one for me."

The modified-A-line gown featured lace straps and a keyhole back with buttons. The bride added a beige sash to make the dress "pop."

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Photo: Courtesy of Dana Aschman Barry/Bridal Guide.
Dana and her mother, Kimberly, had very different wedding styles; Dana still teases her mom about the hat she wore for her big day in 1987. Her father's fraternity brothers performed a special dance at the reception that culminated with mooning all of the guests! They couldn't have anticipated that decades later, choreographed surprise wedding dances would become mainstream on YouTube.

In addition to inheriting her mother's blonde hair and brown eyes, Dana tells us they're both social butterflies, and when it comes to planning trips or vacations, they handle all of the planning. Growing up, Dana's father often had to travel for work, and her mom juggled caring for three kids and studying for her real estate licensing exam. "She loves and supports us kids wholeheartedly in anything that we do. This model of strength and independence has helped me become the woman that I am today," Dana says. The best marriage advice she received? "Never go to bed angry!"

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