Devastating Fire Results in Inspiring Donation Movement

3 Feb

Every bride hopes for her wedding to go off without a hitch, but happens when the big day plans go up in flames—literally? What could have spelled disaster for brides purchasing their dress from Eva’s Bridals of Oak Lawn, IL, turned into a rallying of support from the bridal community when the boutique burned down in November.

As recounted by My Fox Chicago, Casie Aulisa saw the flames as she pulled up in front of Eva’s Bridals to pick up her gown. With her wedding just days away, emotions ran high.

“I want to be that princess for a day and it’s really hard,” Aulisa said. “I mean, there’s worse things in the world, but it was a big princess strapless ball gown with vintage lace. So very pretty. And now it’s gone.”

The potential tragedy was avoided, and the wedding days of brides like Aulisa would still have a happy ending, as the community rallied with support. As reported by Mokena Patch, the nearby Pink Slip Boutique asked former brides to donate their wedding dresses to the many women whose dresses had burned. By reaching out to local newspapers, websites, and even ABC 7, the boutique ended up with 40 dresses, while an online spreadsheet garnered around 400 donors. Complete with size information, contact info, and detailed descriptions of the dresses, the spreadsheet ensured that all brides suffering the loss of Eva’s Bridal would find the dress of their dreams for their big day.

If this story doesn’t warm your heart, we don’t know what will! Not only is it a triumphing wedding story over the many bridezilla sagas, but it also goes to show the difference that can be made when you donate a dress. These women cherished their memories in the gown and are now giving other brides the chance to do the same!


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