Valerie Archer before she lost 83lbs to fit into her wedding dress. See MASONS story MNDRESS: A grandmother slipped back into her wedding dress to celebrate 50 years of marriage - after losing six stone in just 12 months. Valerie Archer looks stunning in her beautiful dress in a black and white picture from her wedding day on May 29, 1965. The grandmother-of-one, now 69, decided to go on a diet after seeing a holiday picture last year. She joined her local slimming group and went from 16st 9lb down to 10st 10lb in just a year - just in time for her 50th wedding anniversary.