In the Magic Room, many Becker’s brides spoke of overcoming challenges or losses. Some told me about parents who were terminally ill or fiancés who were unemployed. The store’s staffers have helped brides with cancer find dresses that will cover their scars and the ports in their chests. They’ve found gowns for brides in wheelchairs, sliding dresses over their heads. They’ve served plenty of happy, giddy brides, but they’ve also heard the muffled sounds of brides crying in dressing rooms, and wondered about the source of the tears.
A wedding is a happy life-cycle event, yes, but the harsher life-cycle moments aren’t kept at bay until after the ceremony. Those moments keep coming, without warning, reminding brides that they can plan a wedding, but not how their lives will unfold.
Weddings are often optimistic islands surrounded by oceans of uncertainty, loneliness and grief. For some women, a bridal gown can feel like a life preserver.
Pictured: The Magic Room / Photo Credit: © Kelly Lynne Photography
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