Bride-to-be lise Boissonneaultand her fianc were about to leave for the airport and fly to Toronto for their wedding, but things didn’t go quite as perfectly as they had planned.
She studied the patterns on the fabric hanging in her closet, trying to decide which pieces to pack for the week. But as she tuggeda shirtoff a hanger and began to neatly fold it, sirensshattered through the peaceful air.
A fire was raging across the Alberta hillsides and towards Fort McMurray, so the town issued an evacuation andlise was rushed out…without her wedding gown.
The gown wasstill hanging in thecloset of the seamstress who was altering it. As the angry smoke billowed from the town,lise knew the chances of her ever seeing it again were slim.
When her close friend, Alana Ritter, saw how distressed her friend was, she knew she had to make lise’s dream wedding a reality, so she turned to social media for help. Alana created a post that read: “I know it’s a long shot, looking for a cheap one or even just to borrow as she now has nothing. She would obviously prefer not to get married in jeans but that may be the only option.”
Shewasn’t sure if she would get any responses, but the response she got was astounding – hundreds of women called and offered up their dresses. Both Alana andlise could not believe the volume of generosity.
“I thought she was going to ask a couple of friendsmaybe,if they had a spare dress kicking around, I didn’t expect that,” lisetold CBC news, giggling at the idea, “I didn’t think she’d post it all over social media.”
As the post spread, a woman who owned a bridal store reached out and offered her a free gown. It turned out to be quite a happy ending for this bride– she found her dream dress and married her prince charming.
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