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A very special donation

We would like to take a moment to introduce you to a very special bride.

Kimberly Smart is 26 years old, and was born and raised in the USA. She recently married her soul mate, Jeff, and has very generously decided to donate her stunning gown to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. We were floored by her kindness, particularly as her dress will have to travel so far before it can change another bride’s life; thank you, Kimberly! We understand how difficult it can be to part with something such as a wedding dress, but your donation really will make all the difference to one of the Foundation’s special couples.

We’ll let Kimberly tell you a little bit about herself, the groom, Jeff, their wedding, and THAT dress;

LOVE AND JEFF: I met Jeff when I was 17 years old. We both agree now that it was not love at first sight! Sure, we were attracted to one another and enjoyed each other’s company; we talked, laughed, shared similar interests, and clicked immediately. However I believe that true love grows very slowly. Love is not lust; it doesn’t happen right away and it is far from perfect. Love is not just physical attraction, or an ‘idea’ of what love is. It is something that grows over a lifetime; a mutual respect and admiration for the other person after you’ve been through it all. Love is what happens when you put another’s happiness before your own – and mean it. I found this in Jeff, and continue to find it in him every day, even after 8 years of being together – and now being married. Jeff is my best friend and I have no doubt in my mind that he is my soul mate. He is the most caring, good-hearted, and hilarious person I know, and I know that he loves me just the same.

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OUR ENGAGEMENT: Jeff and I got engaged after 6 1/2 years of being together. The one thing that we promised each other was to not change who we are or how our relationship is, and we vowed the same as we got married. We promised that we would make marriage our own, never putting expectations ahead of ourselves, or comparing ours to anyone else’s relationship. After all it is OUR marriage and, above all, OUR love.

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OUR WEDDING: Our wedding was more than we could ever have dreamed of. We had 179 guests and got married at a private country club in Nashua, New Hampshire, with the best DJ, photographer, food, and cake in the world!! It was my dream wedding. What made it even better? The love in that room was like no other; all of the guests at our wedding said that they could feel the love that Jeff and I share, as well as the love our family and friends have for us.  I will never forget the all-encompassing feeling of LOVE in that room. It leaves a lasting warmness on your heart. We have my parents to thank for giving us this perfect day.

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MY DRESS: My dress was part of my body. It hugged me in every way, and I felt like a BRIDE! With my veil, shoes, and bouquet, it was everything I could have ever hoped for as a little girl growing up. I felt incredible, gorgeous, and comfortable! I did not have to keep pulling it up or adjusting it all night; I could dance and enjoy my wedding without worrying about it. In fact, I did not take it off until 4:30am!

My hope and wish is that every single person finds their soul mate. We were so lucky to be healthy, and to be able to have had this incredible wedding; I want nothing more than for another bride to feel what I felt in this dress. Another woman might not have the same circumstances as me when she marries, but every woman deserves her perfect day. I truly hope that this dress plays a part in giving her all of this.

To the special bride who receives this dress, or is able to have the wedding of her dreams because of my donation – ENJOY EVERY SECOND. The best advice I received from other brides was to make sure I pulled my new husband aside for one minute periodically throughout the night, in order to look around and soak in our wedding.  Don’t let your wedding go by too fast (it always does); You deserve all of the happiness in the world!

Sending love and best wishes from the USA,

Kimberly”

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Donate your dress

If you are married and still have your wedding dress taking up space in your wardrobe or loft, please consider donating it to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, just as Kimberly has done. While we appreciate that it can be hard to part with something as valuable – both sentimentally and financially – as a wedding dress, you really can make all the difference to a couple affected by terminal illness. Working alongside Johnsons the Cleaners we have collected hundreds of bridal gowns, not to mention pairs of shoes, bridesmaids’ dresses, accessories, and suits; all with the aim of raising funds so that a couple’s dream wedding day becomes their reality. Items are either used directly by our couples, or are sold on to fund our weddings; there are no limits to the ways in which you can help us.

To donate your dress, shoes, accessories, bridesmaid or mother of the bride outfits, or suits, please pop into your local branch of Johnsons the Cleaners; they will even dry clean your items before passing them on to us.

Those who live locally can organise to have their dress collected. Please email info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk to find out more.

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