Umbria, Italy, Dec 22, 2017 / 02:40 am
Italian brides are finding wedding dresses at an unusual spot hidden in the Umbrian hills, where they are able to pick out their special gown – all for the cost of a donation.
Sister Maria Laura at the Augustinian monastery of St. Rita in Cascia, Italy began running the thrifty wedding dress service out of a surplus of donated wedding dresses.
"It gives me great joy to see a young woman who can fulfill her dream of love with a dress appropriate for the happiest day of her life," said Sister Maria Laura, according to the DailyMail.
Since about 1950, brides have been making pilgrimages to St. Rita's to ask for her special intercession in marriage, and would leave their wedding dresses at the monastery in gratitude. Over the years, the monastery has collected hundreds of dresses.