Laura Trower, who got married in 2019, was delighted 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, visited a charity shop - a year before she was due to walk down the aisle - after her mum and friend both spotted a stunning white dress in the window.
Laura was then amazed, after settling on the elegant gown - priced at just £150 - to discover at the till of the British Red Cross shop in Forest Hill, London that the previous owner had left a hidden note attached to the fabric.
"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 penned by the previous owner of the dress, Fran, who was also from south London.
She had noted down her contact details in the hope that the next bride who wore the dress would be able to share pictures from her special day.
"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 received overwhelming praise on her big day. She recalled: “Nobody could believe I got it in a charity shop - it was so nice to be able to share that story.”
The dress is now back at the same shop - and the women hope that they will be able to be put in touch with the third lucky recipient.
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!”