Anne Finney always pictured herself in her grandmother’s wedding dress on her own wedding day.
In 1983, when her aunt, Joan Barback Hailey, walked down the aisle at St. Louis Cathedral, Anne was a small girl taken with the beautiful cotton-lace dress her great-grandmother had sewn for Isabel Barback, her memaw.
“But I never knew what happened to it in the hurricane,” Anne said.
When Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, her grandmother’s wedding dress was on a closet shelf at Lester and Isabel Barback’s home in Lakeview, and water was up the ceiling. But wedding dresses were not on Anne’s mind at the time.
The Loyola University graduate, who was working as a freelance photographer in 2005, evacuated to her brother Billy’s house in Colorado. He worked for the National Park Service as an interpretive park ranger in the Black Canyon, and the Park Service hired Anne to help her out.