YESTERDAY evening a friend of mine shared the most beautiful image with me on Facebook.
And as soon as I saw it, I shouted ‘yesss’! into the atmosphere and then I got a little teary eyed.
This was the post, that I saw.
Isn’t it just incredibly beautiful?
This note together with the most stunning vintage wedding dress was left at the St Gemma’s Hospice Shop in Garforth, Leeds and understandably, after receiving such an incredible, heartwarming response to it on social media, the Hospice are now desperately searching for the kind gentleman who donated the gown and wrote the note.
As of yet I don’t think he has been found, but keep your eyes peeled on social media because I think this story may just run for a little while longer. And naturally, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they find him.
The stunning dress is now for sale on eBay, but the note is actually what I’m more interested in.
Well, because it provides meaning and is part of a story.
Of a devoted husband to his wife. And of a long and happy marriage.
Makes you want to weep a little doesn’t it?
The note and the dress made me shout out loud, because besides being just one of the loveliest things I’ve happened to come across on Facebook recently (Thank you Laura!) it’s also the epitome of what this new blog of mine is all about – dreamy dresses AND their stories.
As many of you will know, I started this blog because I am of the belief that every dress has a story and indeed that every dress deserves one!
And this story, proves that ever so beautifully.
Gorgeous gowns and fabulous frocks deserve to be worn and loved and cherished don’t they?
Worn with affection and abandon, creating happy memories for both the woman who wears it and those who see her in it.
So imagine – just imagine – if every dress you bought came with a little note of its own.
A little note which said why it was created, who created it and why you should wear it.
A little note pinned to a vintage gown which told you a little bit about its history.
A little note pinned to a new dress telling you that it deserves to be worn and loved.
Just imagine how special that would be.
Would it make you treat a dress differently do you think? Would it make you wear one with more pride? Or respect?
Sadly, the dresses we buy don’t come with little notes attached from lovely, kind people like this wonderful man.
But perhaps when you look at them in your wardrobe, you can make a mental note about them instead.
Perhaps you can look at your wedding dress and remember that first kiss as husband and wife and the way you felt when you first put it on.
Perhaps you can look at your glamorous evening gown and remember that amazing night you had in it where you partied hard and laughed more than you thought possible.
Perhaps you can look at your daughter’s baby dress and still see her cherubic face in it, the face which has changed so much as she’s grown older.
And if you can’t?
Well perhaps it’s time to let a dress go – as this man did so generously – and pass it on to someone who can create a beloved one of their own.