A woman has shared her incredible story of buying her wedding dress at a thrift store and later finding a secret note hidden inside.
Laura Trower tied the knot back in 2019 and was amazed that the first dress she tried on was "the one."
The thirty-one-year-old, from south London, U.K, visited the thrift shop with a year to go before the big day after her mom spotted the dress in the window.
As well as being just £150 ($200), the dress from the British Red Cross shop in Forest Hill, London, contained a note from the previous owner that sparked a beautiful friendship.
"It needed 2cm taken off the hem, but the rest of it fit like a glove. It was the first 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 message was written by the previous owner of the dress, Fran, who lived close by.
Along with the message, she also left her contact information in hopes another bride would find it and share their journey with her.
Laura continued: "It was really cute. It was so nice having the note on it - that made it for me. I messaged Fran straight away, I was so excited. I said: 'I can't believe you donated this incredible dress.' She sent a few photos of her wearing it, and then a year later - when I got married - I sent her pictures from my wedding."
The dress was a big hit with friends and family. She recalled: "Nobody could believe I got it in a charity shop - it was so nice to be able to share that story."
Laura was determined to get a second-hand dress for her wedding and said she would recommend any bride to be to consider going to a charity shop.
She said: "It saved me tons of money, and it was great for the environment. I could give it another life."
But what made her purchase even more special is that the money she paid went towards funding 3 wheelchairs for the British Red Cross.
Fran said: "Everyone gets attached to their wedding dress! I just wanted to know who had it! But I wasn't really expecting anything. I was so surprised to get the message because it was quite a while later. But it takes me so happy knowing someone so sweet enjoyed the dress as I did."
The dress was originally from a bridal store in Camden, U.K back in 2017, and she decided to donate it after she got married.
The dress is now back at the same shop and both women hope it will find another home.
Fran said: "We have pinned a similar note to the dress in the hope that whoever buys it will continue to share the history of this beautiful dress!"
Berni Considine, the regional retail manager of the British Red Cross, said: "We remembered this particular dress so well from when it came in the first time.
"Not many of our garments come with a special note, but even without the message, this dress is beautiful - there's just something about it that makes it stand out - the design and the cut. It's just stunning."
She added: "Pre-pandemic the British Red Cross in Forest Hill was well known for its wedding dress events when we would dedicate the shop for a day to wedding dresses and bridal accessories.
"So, we would love to be able to pass this gown on to the next bride-to-be and to carry on being a part of the life of this unique dress and all that it symbolizes."
Would you consider buying a wedding dress from a thrift store?