Bride who bought charity shop wedding dress gobsmacked as she finds secret note

A bride thought she was getting a bargain as she bought her wedding dress in a charity shop.

However, she was left gobsmacked when she found a secret note inside from the previous owner.

Laura Trower, who got married in 2019, was overjoyed to find that the first bridal gown she tried on was "the one" and "fitted like a glove".

The 31-year-old, from Bromley in South London, found her dream gown in a charity shop a year before she was due to walk down the aisle.

She came across it after her mum and friend both spotted a stunning white dress in the window.

Laura decided to buy the elegant gown, which was priced at just £150.

However, she then got a surprise as she went to the till of the British Red Cross shop in Forest Hill, London – the previous owner had left a hidden note attached to the fabric.

Speaking to Fabulous about finding the dream dress, she explained: "I saw it and loved it, but thought there was no way I would fit into it. However, it actually fit perfectly – it was crazy."

"It needed 2cm taken off the hem, but the rest of it fit like a glove. It was the first red dress I had tried on.

"We were at the till about to buy it, and the man was putting it in the box, and we noticed the note at that point.

"It had the previous owner's name and her phone number and said: 'Would really love to see of photos of the next owner's wedding.'"

The sweet message had been written by the previous owner of the dress, Fran, who was also from south London.

She had left her contact details in the hope that the next bride who wore the dress would be able to share pictures from her special day.

Laura admitted the note was "really cute" and made the dress even more special.

She said she messaged Fran straight away, saying: "I can't believe you donated this incredible dress."

Fran then sent her a few photos of her wearing the dress, and then a year later, when Laura got married, she sent her pictures from my wedding.

Laura said that nobody could believe she got her dress from a charity shop on her wedding day.

She admits she had her heart set on a second-hand dress for her wedding and would definitely recommend other brides-to-be try out charity shops when it comes to wedding dresses.

Laura said it saved her tons of money, is better for the environment, and said she could give the dress "another life".

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What's more, the shop told her that buying the dress would fund three wheelchairs for the British Red Cross.

Fran originally bought the dress at a bridal store in Camden in 2017, and decided to donate it after she got married.

Laura has now returned the dress to the same shop – and both women hope that they will be able to be put in touch with the third lucky bride, with the penning a similar note once again.

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