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Inspiring: Jilted bride trashes wedding dress after fiance calls it off

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(WITI) — Saying yes to the dress is a highlight for any bride. But the moment no bride ever wants to experience s her fiance calling it all off after picking out that perfect gown. One mid-south woman who experienced that heartbreak is joining a new trend. It’s called, trash the dress.

“I thought it was love at first sight,” said Shelby Swink as she thought about the first time that she saw her wedding gown. She must have sat in that dress for 30 minutes. She was so in love with it that the store people had to tell her to go home.

Shelby thought to herself, “Oh this is the one.”

But the week of the big day came. Shelby’s ex fiancé sat her down and told her he was contemplating calling off the wedding. She shook it off as cold feet.

The next day he sat her down to say, “You know, I’m just not in love with you and I don’t want to marry you, I don’t want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

The news broke her heart but didn’t break her.

“I didn’t want to be that girl that everybody was tiptoeing around and like ‘Poor Shelby.’”

Shelby decided to face the heartbreak head on, starting with the dress.

Elizabeth Hoard sent Shelby a Facebook message suggesting that she trash the dress.

“At first I thought it was crazy because it is an expensive dress and I didn’t really want to ruin it.”

Elizabeth also suggested trashing it on her wedding day. Shelby didn’t want to just spend my would-be wedding day sitting at home alone eating ice cream and watching Netflix. She decided to do it. But she wasn’t alone. Surrounded by family and friends, paint, feathers and glitter, Shelby gave her wedding dress new life.

Her friend Carolyn didn’t wait for Lizz (Elizabeth) to say go. “She threw the paint on me and I was like ‘woah,’” said Shelby.

At that moment she literally let everything  go. She was free of all of the disappointment and all of the hurt. “I just felt it leave me.”

According to Elizabeth, most women I think would be crushed, be stopped by that, and that saying goes life gives you lemons what do you do? And Shelby made a big old glass of freaking lemonade.

The pictures were posted on a bridal blog.

“Lizz actually popped up a picture of this gorgeous, gorgeous picture of Shelby with her paint and I was just mesmerized I was like this is amazing, ” said Joelle Scholl.

The Barefoot Bride shop is displaying the dress, giving a sea of white a splash of color and perspective.

Joelle saw what she did to get her feelings out and celebrate the day that would have been her wedding day as the day that’s going to be the next chapter in her life. “It just made me want to have the dress in the shop to kind of remind girls that that’s really what it’s about.”

“It doesn’t matter what happens in life as long as you stay true to yourself and don’t dwell on the negative and focus on the future you’re going to get through anything.”


  • Reasonless

    I agree with Maria.
    Plus, why is this even news?
    He probably dumped her a*a*s because he started to realize that she was a psychotic animal.
    To willingly trash an expensive dress like this, tells me that if the marriage would have gone thru, this guy would have needed to sleep with one eye open every night after hiding all of the kitchen knifes.
    For her friends and family to condone this type of behavior will only lead to future immature outburst when something doesn’t go her way.
    Spoiled brat.

    • imani

      Her Wedding is “something” that didn’t “go her way”???really?how immature and cold hearted do you have to be to see someones response to such a devastating turn of events as petty and childlike. you committed to someone and they turn around at the 11th hour and completely devastate you?granted I give him points for not marrying her if he wasn’t truly committed to it but how she chooses to deal with such a huge life changing disappointment is really up to her and she should not be judged. she’s not mad and disappointed because Starbucks got her caramel nonfat no whip skim latte wrong!people can be so judgmental and self-righteous !

  • What!

    Seems like she was more in love with the dress than him anyway and look what she did to the dress plus she looks like she was going max density in a few years, good call dude.

  • Bec

    I also agree with Maria. She could have donated the dress to see something truly positive come out of her negative situation. There are so many women who dream of having a beautiful dress for their wedding day but simply can’t afford it. Way to act like a spoiled brat. Sounds like the guy dodged a bullet by breaking off the engagement.

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