Brides pitch in to help woman chased by wildfire

Here’s your daily dose of sweetness.

Élise Boissonneault was going to be married this weekend. But then the Alberta wildfire wiped out her city of Fort McMurray and when she fled, she left her wedding dress behind.

Photo: Alex Neary/Wild Eyed Photography

She fled to Toronto, which is fortunate because that’s where Zaira Gaudio Fry lives. She heard about the bride’s predicament, so put out a call on her Facebook page for help.

Her dress was lost in the fire, that’s it in the photo below. Her photographer posted in Bunz Wedding Zone asking if anyone could lend her a dress – she’s roughly a size 10 (bridal size 12 if that means anything to you) with a 36 B or C bust & is 5’7.
Are you a Toronto-based bride who is about that size and willing to lend this lady your dress? If so, let me know & send me a pic of your dress – I’ll pass along the info to her photographer through Bunz & maybe we can help!

“Planning a wedding, it’s brutal,” Fry said. “It’s the worst nightmare of any bride-to-be. Like, it’s the week of my wedding and my wedding dress went up in flames.”

So people started donating their wedding dresses, she writes.

I would estimate that well over 100 women have currently offered up their dresses (and that’s just the ones I’ve fielded) and at least two bridal shops have offered to help out. As I understand it, the bride is checking out at least one of the bridal shops tomorrow & hopefully she finds a new dream dress. smile emoticon

Thank you to everyone who has shared this post or offered up a dress to this woman. I don’t even know her name, but from what I’ve been told the response was very, very appreciated.

And from me, personally, thank you for being amazing humans. Every person who shared this post or messaged me with a dress to offer is an absolute gem. You stepped up to the plate to help out a total stranger and made a really crappy situation in to a really beautiful one – that’s real magic, and we always need more magic.

“You don’t expect this to happen and then for people to put out this much love and support … it’s crazy,” Boissonneault told CBC.

“It wasn’t the biggest deal,” she said. “You know, if I had to get married in jeans and a T-shirt, that would be fine, too.”