(I did a full forum search and found nothing... so here goes...)
Ladies, I swear I came on today with all intentions of posting great news! After months, my student teaching and therefore graduate school is completed, and I will have more time to come and chat with you all. However, I have another damper in my quest to get married. My bridesmaid texted me today...
"Where did you buy your gown again?"
After I texted her back with my bridal shop, she called right away to tell me the news.
Yesterday... Wednesday November 17th, 2010, Eva's Bridal of Oak Lawn burned down. My dress just came in two weeks prior, so it is now ashes. My wedding dress, a gorgeous lace Sottero & Midgely, that I couldn't try on as soon as it came in (because I was working crazy hours at the school I student teach at), I will now never get to try on. And worst of all, I checked the Sottero & Midgley website to see it's style number, and it's gone. After months of always checking it and showing it to my friends, it is nowhere to be found, which probably means it's discontinued. So, I don't know if I will ever have my dream dress. :-( I'm devastated...
But, even worse, there are brides getting married tomorrow, and Saturday and Sunday. Maybe even tonight or yesterday. These women are going to have no chance to walk down the aisle in the dress of their dreams, and my heart breaks for them. I know people are setting up donation stations for people to donate wedding gowns for these unfortunate brides, but still... how would you feel, wearing someone else's dress that might not even fit right? I know there are worse things in the world right now, like our soldiers stuck in the middle east and hunger, but I can't help but feel pain.
If any of you are Eva's Bridal customers, and your dresses were in the store, please call the hotline number for instructions on what to do next. The hotline number 630-747-1911 and the website is http://www.evasbridalsofoaklawn.com/
Also, they would like you to email them with you dress info (designer, style #, size, color) so they have a hard copy of your dress info. They really want to make us their # 1 priority... which is great.
When I find out places you can donate dresses to, I will let you guys know. I know some of you have TTD's or second dresses that you are having a hard time selling, so maybe you are ok with donating them to these brides who have weddings in the near future. I thank the lord that my wedding is at least a while away. Although my dress took over 8 months to make and my wedding is in exactly 7 months to the day away. Thank you all for letting me vent. Please spread the word in you live in the chicago area and know any brides that might have ordered from them.... I live nearby and didn't even know.
The email to reach them is firstname.lastname@example.org