Today’s midweek pick-me-up comes by way of two Canadian women who shared one wedding dress and now, one of the most special bonds you can on your wedding day—and they were total strangers. Last April, Amanda Dawson and fiancé Dom made the decision to move their wedding up to June after Dawson’s father was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer, reports Yahoo! Style. For an event that takes many more than a year to plan, the couple were tasked with pulling together every aspect of their big day in less than 60 days.
First was the dress, which Dawson immediately fell in love with after spotting a linen bustier and maxi skirt set on stranger Katie Kennedy’s Facebook page. The design by Carol Hannah was sold at only one retail location in all of Canada and it happened to be in Dawson’s hometown, so it seemed as though the discovery was fate. Dawson told Yahoo!, “I saw it and I loved it right away. I didn’t really try on any other dresses.” Putting the wheels in motion with the look, Dawson was assured that her tight deadline would be A-OK if the store expedited the order.
Without a Plan B (and focusing on all the other details in wedding planning), Dawson was devastated when she returned for her first fitting two weeks later to learn that the wedding dress wouldn’t, in fact, make it down the aisle in time. The bride-to-be reached out to everyone she could think of to make her dream dress a reality, but to no avail. As a last resort, she emailed the photographer of the original image she discovered on Facebook, asking for him to put her in touch with the bride he photographed in the look.
It seems as though miracles do happen, as Dawson recalled, “That night I got an email from Katie. She said, ‘I would love for you to have the dress. The only thing I would love in return is if you would send me a picture of you in the dress, so I can put it next to my photo.’ I couldn’t believe it. She didn’t even think about it. She just put it in the mail that day.”
Apparently, upon receiving Dawson’s email, Kennedy didn’t hesitate to give up her wedding dress, explaining, “After reading the email that Amanda sent me, I felt like this was what was meant to happen. It just seemed like the right thing to do, to give it to her. There was maybe a moment when I was packing it up when I was kind of sad that this was the last time I would see it, but it’s gotten such a great life after that.”