Sylvia is 93, a widow, and now is faced with the problem every bride has—what dress to wear on her wedding day.
Thankfully, she turned to the internet for help and got nothing but love and support in return.
A local Cooma, New South Wales, boutique The Birdsnest posted a poll on their Facebook page, asking for everyone's help to decide which dress Sylvia should wear to her wedding to Frank, 88—a man who has courted her for many, many years.
The post reads:
What Should Sylvia Wear To Her Wedding?
Sylvia, 93, visited our store with her bridesmaids in tow to help choose a dress for her July wedding to Frank, 88. They live together in a retirement village.
Frank and Sylvia have known each other for more than 20 years, and Frank has "many times" asked Sylvia to marry him. Sylvia has always refused, thinking that to take a new surname would be disrespectful to her deceased husband.
A year ago Sylvia took ill and moved to Canberra to be near her family, and Frank thought all hope was lost. When Sylvia recovered, she found Frank, who was living in Adelaide, and convinced him to move to Canberra to be with her.
Frank arrived a couple of months ago and again asked Sylvia to marry him. Sylvia had learned that you can keep your own surname when you marry, and so said yes.
We're thrilled to play a tiny role in Sylvia's love story—and think you'll love it, too. So, what should Sylvia wear to her wedding? Tell us in the comments!
The post received more than 10,000 comments, with everyone voting for their favorite dress. In the end, Sylvia went with option C, the sophisticated lace number.
But all the attention has made Sylvia and Frank new internet stars, with their love story even getting picked up by the TODAY show.
Their enduring love really is an inspiration to us all, and an important reminder that you don't have to wear white on your wedding day. Go Sylvia!
This post was written by Amber Elias. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.