Bridal Mannequin

A mannequin dressed up as a bride and other seasonal outfits stands at the corner of Dewey Avenue and North Main Street in Attleboro. Ron Menard is not the decorator, his wife is. Ron just oversees the security and weather protection.

ATTLEBORO

She’d only be more stunning if she was walking down an aisle.

And was alive.

But even as she is, her wedding dress (a real one) is exquisite, the bouquet is perfect and the pearls (fake, so don’t get any ideas) around her neck complete a vision of loveliness.

Who is she?

She’s a mannequin dressed as a June bride, to celebrate June brides and she’s ensconced on a very green and neatly trimmed lawn at the corner of North Main Street and Dewey Avenue.

Her’s is clearly a backyard wedding, which in this case is in the front yard, for all to see and enjoy.

She’s been catching the eyes of motorists heading pell-mell down North Main toward Attleboro center for the past two years in June and is the creation of Carol Menard who lives with her husband Ron on Dewey.

They’ve been married 23 years and Carol was a September bride.

But that’s not unusual, according to weddingwire.com which lists September as the second most popular month to get married.

The website lists June in the third spot and October number one.

But there’s a tradition about “June brides,” dating back to Roman mythology when the goddess Juno married the god Jupiter, and so it’s celebrated regardless of how many weddings actually take place in the sixth month.

And Carol, who said she loves to decorate and celebrate every season with different displays in her front yard, said the June bride was a natural for this month.

Carol’s the creator, a kind of mother of the bride, while Ron is the protector, a kind of father of the bride.

Mostly, Ron protects the bride from weather.

He covers her in clear plastic at the threat of rain, but is available to run off anyone who would run off with her and her wedding gown donated by a family friend.

He used to bring her out, walk her down the aisle as it were, every morning and back at night, but at some point it became too much, so now the bride stays out morning, noon and night while the real married couple keep their fingers crossed and hope people enjoy the vision without having to steal it away--which has happened.

The current bride, fastened to a farm-style cart built by Ron, is the second to occupy the spot.

Someone ran off with the first — theft in reality, but an elopement for the romantics.

Or it could have been that the impending nuptials made her nervous and she took off on her own — a runaway bride, a la the character played by Julia Roberts in “Runaway Bride” who dashed across the countryside wedding dress and all.

But, whatever the case, Carol bought the second matrimonial mannequin for 45 bucks on the Internet from someone in North Carolina and it was money well spent because the bride has other roles to play at other times of the year.

Next month she’ll be Yankee Doodle Dandy, Carol said.

She dons a Pilgrim costume at Thanksgiving and there used to be a Santa Claus suit, but foul winter weather fouled the suit and that was the end of that, Ron said.

Now she’s a caroler at Christmas, Carol said.

She said her neighbors love the displays and she’s loves building them and the bride may just bring some happiness to passersby. It seems to be the most popular.

“Everybody loves the bride,” Carol said. “I think the world is so crazy that people see that and say ‘oh wow, it’s so pretty.’ “

Carol’s looking to add a groom next year. But it’s June now and the bride stands bright-eyed, tall and elegant to celebrate all the good that marriage stands for, love, optimism, hope, as the sun hovers high and the drivers race by catching a glimpse of beauty.

George W. Rhodes can be reached at 508-236-0432.

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