Like many brides, Sarah Studley’s wedding reception was canceled because of the pandemic. She couldn’t wear the wedding dress she got for her big day – but she wouldn’t let it go away.

When Studley received her COVID-19 vaccination in Baltimore last weekend, she made the moment very special: she appeared in her wedding dress at M&T Bank Stadium.

She had resigned herself to not having a wedding reception. “It just didn’t feel like it was going to be possible to have a wedding that was both safe and fun,” Studley told CBS Baltimore partner WJZ.

Here comes the bride … to get vaccinated at the M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination site! Instead of just leaving the beautiful dress hanging in her closet for her wedding reception, which was canceled by the pandemic, Sarah Studley wore it to get vaccinated.

– University of Maryland Medical System (@umms) April 12, 2021

So her wedding dress went in the closet, where it stayed until last weekend when she decided to pull it out for another momentous occasion. “I knew this was the dress I was going to wear,” she said. “No pretty dress should sit in your closet forever.”

When she got to the vaccination site, Studley became the beauty of the ball. “It was a celebration for me,” said Studley. “There have been so many deep moments during the pandemic, so many things being canceled that this dress, if nothing else, represents hope.”

The University of Maryland Medical System has shared photos of her getting her shot in her white dress, which received widespread attention online.

Photos of Studley in her dress were even shared on CBS This Morning, with co-host Gayle King saying it was “a very pretty dress”. Studley was excited on Twitter and wrote, “GAYLE KING SAID MY NAME. SHE LOVED MY DRESS. Okay, that’s a wrap. Can’t beat that.”

“PS: @GayleKingnd does that mean with the transitive property that I’m friends with @Oprah too ?!” Studley joked.


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