Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., every industry has been hit hard, including the bridal business. Many brides-to-be have had to cancel showers, bachelorette parties, dress fittings and actual wedding dates because of the dangers and closures due to COVID-19.
Luxury designer Marion Parke, who is celebrating her own 10-year wedding anniversary, decided to do her small part to lift spirits during this time by gifting free wedding shoes to those who share their personal stories about how they’ve been impacted by the coronavirus.
“While shoes are certainly not everyone’s top priority at the moment, we know that they are an investment and, to a bride, they are especially meaningful,” Parke wrote in a post. After receiving many entries, she gifted shoes to four winners, which included three front-line health-care workers.
Sabina C. is volunteering her time at the Lake County Illinois Health Department during this pandemic, for instance. While Annie S., a cardiac nurse who was reassigned to join the front-line efforts against COVID-19, was nominated by her fiancé, who wrote in his entry: “Annie is the sort of person that makes you want to be a better version of yourself just by being around her.”
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Then there’s Danielle P., who had to alter her plans for her June wedding. Both she and her fiancé are physicians fighting the coronavirus at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
As for Allison W., she has had to move her wedding date twice. The first time was due to a family medical issue in November 2019. Now they have to postpone their May date due to the spread of the coronavirus.
All will receive complementary shoes to wear on their special day, according to Parke, who celebrated the winners on Instagram.
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Announcing the recipients of our wedding shoes and sending a heartfelt thank you to everyone who shared their story with us. Our entire team felt uplifted by this process and we hope that it makes our Instagram community feel similarly encouraged, inspired and hopeful for the brighter days ahead. 📸 @jordantaylor.photo MARIONPARKE.COM
She said, “Every bride’s story in unique, touching and deserving of some optimism, especially during this time.”
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