Bride Honors Grandmother She Never Met By Wearing Her Wedding Dress


Madison Kantzer was never the type to plan her dream wedding. But when she got engaged to her boyfriend Adam Hoffman in December 2015, she already knew exactly which dress she would be wearing.

Madison Kantzer wore her grandmother's dress during her April wedding.Courtesy of Heidi Roland Photography /!/home

Since her childhood in Potomac, Maryland, the 29-year-old admired the floor-length, beaded gown that once belonged to her grandmother, Adele Schiff Greene. Greene passed away at 40 in 1969, when Kantzer’s mother, Patricia Greene, was only 14.

Although the two women never met, Kantzer had heard plenty of stories.

“My mother talks about her a lot, it’s weird I’ve never met her,” Kantzer told TODAY Style.

Adele Schiff Greene wore the dress to her son's bar mitzvah in 1966.Courtesy of Madison Kantzer

Much of what Kantzer knows about her grandmother came from Carl and Geraldine Simon, Adele's friends who stepped in to act as adoptive grandparents to Kantzer after Adele’s death.

“My mother was a woman ahead of her time, she actually had applied to law school before she died. She was a very progressive kind of gal. She was also very fashion conscious,” Patricia told TODAY.

And unsurprisingly, Adele and Kantzer share some things in common.

“She felt strongly about causes, and I see that in Madison, too. She felt very strongly about the things she believes in,” Patricia said. “She was an adventurer, she loved to travel. Oh, my God, Madison, she loves to travel.”

Precious few possessions remain from the woman Kantzer described as a “fun, stylish lady”: some jewelry, photographs and, of course, one incredible dress.

Greene's dress photographed on Kantzer's wedding day.Courtesy of Heidi Roland Photography /!/home

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