Few nights are more special in a teen’s life than prom. Being able to hang out with friends, go on a date, and wear a fancy dress really make the night a magical one.
Unfortunately for Taylor Branum, a 17-year-old from Tennessee, she was never able to go prom-dress shopping with her mother. Taylor’s mom died just one week before the two were meant to find a dress together.
Taylor wasn’t even thinking about going to prom after the accident until friends encouraged her. Then she remembered the dress in her mom’s closet.
“I’d remembered she’d had this dress of hers from her senior year in 1998, and she had it sitting in her closet,” Taylor explained to Inside Edition. “I pulled it out and I tried it on. I cried a bit. I know it sounds crazy, but I could feel her with me.”
Taylor decided that wearing her mom’s old prom dress to the monumental event felt like the right thing to do. It was long, black, and timeless — as perfect for a prom in 2017 as it was in 1998.
She had to get the dress tailored, but other than a few adjustments, the mother and daughter could have been twins!
As it turns out, Taylor’s dad loved her decision to wear it, too. “He cried and said I was gorgeous,” Taylor said. “He wanted me to wear my hair like she had it and everything.”
Even though Taylor’s mom couldn’t be there for the dress shopping and pictures, Taylor felt like her mother was there all night. And we’re sure she would’ve loved the tribute her daughter gave her.
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