I am writing to you to share my Betty the Beautiful Bride story.
I received my doll as a 7 year old in Ireland from my Aunt Mary in California. It was the most beautiful
thing I had ever seen ! I even took it to school for school picture day, thus preserving that wonderful time in my life.
I lived with my Grandmother, Aunt Mary's mother. She died in 1959 and I came out to live with my aunt in California
leaving my doll behind.
Many years later, I wrote to my family and asked what had become of the doll. She was still there and being enjoyed
by nieces. I sent some lovely baby dolls in trade, and arranged for her shipment to America. Amazingly, she was
still in good shape, not even a haircut!
Later, when I discovered the computer age, I learned so much about these dolls that I never knew. The first site
I discovered was yours. Wow, was that ever exciting !
As a little girl, I had dreamed of my bride dolls having bridesmaids with different colored dresses just like I had seen
at real weddings in our local church in Ireland, never realizing that they existed until I found your site.
I scoured flea markets, garage sales, and ebay to collect her bridesmaids. Some dolls cost as little as $2 and
I did pay more for one in pristine condition, and substitued my original doll's dress for the perfect one. I took artistic
license with the old yellowed and grayed dresses and dyed them the pastel colors that I had dreamed about as a child.
I had acquired a Rosemary and Debbie dress, but I really liked the uniformity of the shot lace dresses, so Debbie didn't make
it in to the wedding party.