When the wedding ceremony is but a memory and the guests have all bid goodbye after the reception, the bride peels off her wedding gown and may wonder what to do with it. Many women have their gowns professionally cleaned, then stored in acid-free tissue paper and vacuum-sealed to carefully keep it preserved with the hope of a daughter wearing it one day.
But other brides opt to do something different with their dress. Some prefer to donate it to an organization that will resell it to other women who cannot afford a new dress for their big day. It also can be modified into a fun little cocktail dress to wear at a later time.
After Justi Boroff wed the love of her life, she didn’t want to hang on to her stunning gown, leaving it stuffed in the back of her closet. She had a better idea.
She decided to chop it up. But it was for a good cause…
A wedding gown is a symbol of unity, of two lives coming together on a beautiful day. Despite the meaning behind her dress, Justi had no problem shipping off her dress to a grandma named Sandi Fasano of Colorado who sliced it into pieces.
“I sent it off earlier this year to be made into angel gowns for babies that don’t make it home from the hospital and I’ll be donating them to the NICU at Vanderbilt. Seventeen little gowns were made from my dress and as beautiful as they are, I pray they are never needed.”
Sandi admitted to Denver 7 that the first time she cut into someone’s wedding dress, it was hard. It was someone’s beautiful gown and she was about to chop it up.
But Sandi was doing something that no one else she knew of could or would do. She could make magic out of glistening wedding gowns that helped soothe the aching hearts of grief-stricken parents.
“The last thing a family needs to do is go to a toy store and find doll clothes.”
That’s what Sandi discovered parents were doing when their teeny tiny babies were born and needed a funeral gown shortly thereafter. So she founded Front Range Angel Gowns in 2015 when it hit home.
“Because I have 7 beautiful grandchildren and in a perfect world, without loss, there would be more.”
It’s surprising to Sandi how many women are willing to donate their gown. Some were provided by women who had lost a little loved one and clearly understand the pain.
Others donated a dress out of the kindness of their hearts. Justi’s one sparkling wedding dress ended up creating 17 tiny little angel gowns.
Connie Sieverding was inspired by Sandi’s story that she saw in the news and started an organization called Angel Gowns by Connie. She hopes to help parents whose little ones have passed away just like Sandi did.
“Thank you to Rhonda for her generous donation of her wedding gown. The Angel Gowns shown were made from Rhonda’s donation in memory of her niece who would have celebrated her birthday today, however is an Angel in heaven.”
Sandi’s masterful hands are able to bring a fleeting glimmer of happiness at a very difficult time.