The Valley Fire, one of the worst in California history, swept over their home leaving Rachel and her fiancé without a place to live in Middletown. Her mother also lost her home but was determined not to let the tragedy ruin plans for her daughter’s wedding.
Rachel wanted to cancel her appointment at Starlet Bridal in Santa Rosa, but her mother insisted that they focus on “the good stuff,” reports KOVR News.
While Rachel Lemon tried on gowns with her mother and future mother-in-law watching, store owner Allison Hargrave-Barnard learned of the couple’s misfortune.
Allison wanted to do even more, so she went into the back of the store and called everyone she knew in the wedding industry. Within minutes business owners pledged to donate everything the couple would need- a cake, champagne, flowers, jewelry, a photographer, live music–even a honeymoon to Cancun.
“The outpouring of kind words, donations and support for our bride Rachel has been wonderful,” said Hargrave-Barnard who was as overwhelmed as the family by the sudden caring and love from complete strangers.
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