Bride Cuts Up Her Own Wedding Gown For This Tearful Reason
Marilyn Caylor 12/15/2016
Normally, a woman wouldn't dream of cutting up her own wedding dress. Traditionally, the dress is passed down from mother to daughter. For some brides, a gown can cost upwards of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Why would anyone purposely want to shred it to pieces?
For most women, their wedding dress is a symbol of love and a beautiful day filled with laughter and celebration - but for others it's something quite different. Their heart is definitely filled with love when they think of their dress, but there's also a touch of sadness to go right along with it.
When grandmother Sandi Fasano from Evergreen, Colorado cut into her first wedding dress, she had no idea she'd be doing this same task for a multitude of other women.
"The first time I cut into a wedding dress, it was a little difficult. It was somebody's beautiful wedding dress that they brought me, and I was gonna cut it to pieces."
However, she was filling a need that no one ever talks about.
Most parents want to be able to attend their child's wedding and cheer with excitement about the life that awaits the new couple. Unfortunately, this dream doesn't always come to fruition.
It's not that their children don't want to get married. Some just never get a chance to grow up. Tragically, there are kids who don't even make it out of the hospital, and are taken straight to Heaven.
Women who are cutting up their wedding dresses are actually doing it for a very good cause. The silky material is used to create infant burial gowns that honor and respect the precious lives that were lost.
Sandi Fasano, who runs Front Range Angel Gowns in Colorado, told Denver 7:
"The last thing a family needs to do is go to a toy store and find doll clothes."
When she didn't see any other options available to grieving parents, she decided to take charge and provide angel gowns free to area local hospitals.
When word got out about what she was doing, dress after dress came pouring in. Some of the dresses came from women who had also lost infants, while others were lovingly donated out of the kindess of their heart.
After her wedding Justi had her dress ripped apart into 17 pieces. She then posted the photos on Facebook, and had this to say:
"Today I received my wedding gown back. 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. 17 little gowns were made from my dress and as beautiful as they are I pray they are never needed."
When her husband looked at what she had done, he couldn't believe his eyes... they were absolutely stunning.
Dressing up a baby for burial may be the first and last chance that a parent gets to be with their child. So for the seamstresses who create these works of art, it's important that every stitch is straight, and that it looks absolutely perfect. After all, it's going to drape the most beautifully innocent souls that ever existed.
The angel outfit below was made from a vintage wedding gown that was 49 years old. It's so stunning to see all the detail that volunteers put into creating these fabulous pieces.
Wedding dresses are also transformed into adorable caps to tenderly cradle a baby's tiny head. It's heartwarming to know that so many people are involved in this project, but it's also sad to see how small this hat truly is. Even so, any parent would be proud to crown their child with this.