The country star chose to wear her mom's vintage gown when she wed Blake Shelton last month

By Kate Hogan
June 02, 2011 02:30 PM


When planning her wedding to country star Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert had the perfect dress in mind — and didn’t have to look far to find it. “The first time I heard her talking about it, she said, ‘My mom and dad have had a great long marriage and it must have been good luck for them, so I want to start my marriage wearing the same dress my mom had on,'” recalls Lambert’s publicist and wedding planner Kathy Best. “It was all about the lasting love her parents had, and that was very important to her.” Once Lambert slipped into the Gunne Sax dress, she knew she’d found the one. “It was a very tearful moment the day we first tried it on,” Lambert’s mom, Bev, tells PEOPLE Country. “She’s like, ‘I’m not even going to try another dress on. This is it Mom. There’s no other dress that would fit me better or mean more to me than this dress.’ It was stunning on her.” The gown, which Bev wore during her 1979 nuptials, had been tucked inside a cedar chest for more than 30 years, so Lambert gave it a little updating, adding a small train of the same fabric to the end, but otherwise leaving the spaghetti-strap, off-white frock untouched. During the couple’s wedding ceremony, Lambert’s family pastor explained the significance of the dress, and at the barnyard reception, the newlyweds displayed photos of their parents at their own weddings — including a shot of Bev in the Gunne Sax gown. “It was perfect,” Best adds. “And [Miranda] was just beautiful.” For more on Lambert and Shelton’s wedding and all your favorite country stars — and for free music downloads! — pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE Country or check out —Reporting by Danielle Anderson