Generous woman lends wedding dress to 12 brides in need
Dawnetta Heinz was packing boxes on her way to a new home when she came across her wedding dress.
A year ago, the 22-year-old now married her husband Jared Heinz, 25, in a ceremony she will never forget.
Many women put their dresses away as a memento of their special day or as a keepsake to pass on to their daughters. Dawnetta is not one of those women. She took a decidedly different route and gave her dress to a complete stranger – 12 foreigners, to be precise.
“I would like to give my dress to someone on a tight budget who needs a dress,” Dawnetta wrote in an article with Omaha, the Nebraska Buy, Sell, or Exchange Group on Facebook. .
Within hours, the post received many likes and comments. There was so much interest in the dress, in fact, that Dawnetta pitched in.
“So many other women commented there, saying they wanted the dress,” Dawnetta said TODAY. “So I got the idea, ‘How about we just pass the dress on to the next bride, as long as it’s still in good shape? “”
The women agreed and are now planning to share the dress with as many brides as possible. At present, around 12 local women are expected to wear the dress.
Arianna Pro, 27, was the first to claim the dress. She wore it on August 23 in San Francisco during a vow renewal ceremony with her husband Leif Pro.
“It becomes like a brotherhood. We all form a chain of friendships forever, especially since everything is local, ”Arianna said TODAY. “I’m really excited to be a part of this. “
Dawnetta’s selfless act was born out of her own experience of need. It wasn’t that long ago that she was homeless, living in a car with Jared.
In 2014, she left home, months before graduating from high school. She and Jared struggled to start a business, before being left homeless for about five months.
“Even though we had a bumpy road, it was smooth,” Dawnetta said. “We never questioned our relationship together.”
After starting a new business venture, their fortunes changed. The couple are now renting to own a home with their 2-year-old daughter, Kamille Heinz.
The women who will wear Dawnetta’s dress share similar stories of sacrifice and love. For this reason, women compare their situation to “The Travel Pants Sorority”. And just like in the popular book, the corseted dress, originally purchased from David’s Bridal, seems to fit them perfectly.
“It was super surreal. There was no modification, he adapted perfectly. Everything fits. The veil, the edges – everything, ”Arianna said. “I couldn’t have chosen a better dress if I had gone dress shopping. “
Arianna has never had the opportunity to wear a traditional wedding dress. She married her husband 6 years ago in a dress she bought from Goodwill. At the time, the couple didn’t give a damn about the fancy attire of a wedding. They got married to express their love for each other, shortly after Arianna had a miscarriage.
“It was a very difficult time for us, but we needed a little light in our lives back then,” Arianna said. “The whole experience really brought us together, and after a month it made sense to get married. It wasn’t a necessity, it was just, ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with this person.’
When Arianna saw Dawnetta’s dress on Facebook, she jumped at the chance to finally wear the wedding dress of her dreams. Surrounded by Lief’s family on a yacht under the Golden Gate Bridge, Arianna renewed her vows in a ceremony she called “perfect.”
Shortly after her vow renewal, Arianna sent the dress to the third bride in line, Valarie Fitzgerald. The 28-year-old wore the dress, unchanged, to her August 28 wedding to fiancee Michael Fitzgerald.
“We live from paycheck to paycheck, so we had no way of finding the money to buy a dress,” Valarie said TODAY. “But it was very important to us because we have waited so long to get married and we felt it was the right time.”
Valarie and Michael have been dating since high school and have three children together. The couple had been planning a courthouse wedding until Valarie saw Dawnetta’s dress online. Her dress turned another couple’s dream into reality.
“My husband and I went through it all, so I decided to give back,” Dawnetta said. “Just knowing that I could help with something so special was what drove me to do it.”