Lifestyle Style Bride Wears Her Grandmother's Wedding Dress from 1961 That Was Kept in an 'Old Bag' in Basement "She stored it in an old bag because she didn't think it was anything 'special.' But to me, it was," the bride said By Abigail Adams Abigail Adams Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 21, 2021 06:58 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: @keptyaphotography / MERCURY PRESS A Massachusetts bride found a very special "something old" for her big day — her grandmother's wedding dress from 1961. On Sept. 25, Allie Livingwater, 23, wed partner Timothy, 27, at Turners Falls, Mass., in an elegant gown first worn by her grandma Anne Cooke, Mercury Press reports. Livingwater said that Cooke, 88, "couldn't believe" she had chosen to wear her old gown. "She stored it in an old bag because she didn't think it was anything 'special.' But to me, it was." All the garment needed after being kept in the basement for 60 years, was a quick cleaning, Livingwater told Mercury Press. And when she tried it on, it fit like a glove. Andy Murray Reunited with His Wedding Ring After It Was 'Stolen' "My grandma couldn't believe she was the same size as me," the bride said. "I definitely think the dress has brought us even closer together." The gown is especially sentimental for Livingwater, who never met her grandfather, Cooke's husband of 38 years, before he passed away. But she knows "they had a successful, long and happy marriage," Livingwater said. "So it felt like the dress paved the way for my marriage." MERCURY PRESS Bill and Melinda Gates' Daughter Jennifer Shares First Photos from Wedding Cooke was especially emotional when she caught her first glimpse of her granddaughter wearing her dress. "She was tearing up when she saw me for the first time on my big day," Livingwater said. "It was an incredible moment that I will treasure forever." The newlywed's father George Cooke, 57, also got choked up. "My dad was over the moon as his mum had worn the dress to marry his dad," she said. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Most importantly, Livingwater said, her "something borrowed" added a unique emotional element to her special day. "Everyone was complimenting me and thought it was a lovely gesture," she added.