Helping a Kallah to Find her Bridal Gown

Kallah (bridal) dress

We had such fun today! I had a Kallah call me yesterday to find out about our bridal gowns. She was going to come in another 10 days and then called back to ask if she could come this morning. The first treat came when we opened the door to find both mom and gran had come to help the Kallah to find the perfect bridal gown for her. After half an hour or so of looking through our bridal gowns and trying on a few, the mom of the Kallah asked if I knew anything about alterations.

I began to realise just how much I had learned in our course at university on adapting garments and patterns in order to disguise any deformity. This time there was nothing to disguise but there was a need to adapt the sleeves. Having described what I thought would be possible, I then discovered that my photography skills came in beneficial. I directed the mom of what to photograph in order to ask her seamstress if she could do what I had described.

Now wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the alterations happening on site?

Once the 3 photographs were taken and sent off to the seamstress, we had a 10 – 15 minute wait. There is always much to chat about with a new Kallah, so the time slipped away pretty quickly. Pretty soon we had the response, yes, the seamstress could do the alterations. Now came the discussion. Will this be THE bridal gown? Should we take it, should we keep looking? On my side will this be the bridal gown that is rented or purchased.

A little more discussion and yes! Mazal Tov! The Kallah decided that yes, this was her dream bridal gown. I am so looking forward to seeing the final result once the bridal gown has been altered.

What was particularly exciting for me, was to hear from the Kallah, her mother and her grandmother a consensus that they agree the centre we are working towards is needed. If you know a Kallah getting married in Jerusalem, please have her be in touch to come and visit our Bridal Gown Gemach. If you believe in assisting brides and especially those who do not have the family support, please visit our crowd fundraiser and help us to reach our goal of developing a very special centre.

This post is prepared for you by: Shoshanah Shear, Occupational therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom” and author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story

 

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Showcasing 2 Bridal Gowns

Beautiful Bridal Gown displayed in our Bridal Gown Gemach
Beautiful Bridal Gown displayed in our Bridal Gown Gemach

Many are starting to ask what kind of bridal gowns we have in our bridal gown Gemach. Here is a beautiful and interesting bridal gown that has been photographed to give some idea. This gown is particularly interesting with the external piece that flaps over and is tied near the hip.

As you can see in the image, we have a lovely standing mirror. We do look forward to the appropriate space with more mirrors, but in the meantime, I really rather like this one.

Flowing and Feminine Bridal Gown
Flowing and Feminine Bridal Gown

Photographed over on the other side of the room that houses our bridal gowns is this lovely, flowing and feminine bridal gown. It is soft and just lovely is the best word to describe it.

We have 59 bridal gowns so the two that are featured here are by no means all that we have. If you are a Kallah in Jerusalem and looking for a bridal gown, do be in touch to come and view, try on and decide whether any of the gowns are suitable for you. Getting married is such an exciting and special time and the bridal gown is one of the most important items of the day.

I look forward to hearing from you and to showing you our bridal gowns.

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Welcome to our Bridal Gown Gemach

Shoshanah with the Bridal Gowns
Shoshanah with the Bridal Gowns

Welcome to our Bridal Gown Gemach. It has taken quite some time since moving to clear things up enough to begin renting out the bridal gowns. We still have some work to do to get this section of our centre to the level that we want it to be. So please excuse the space being a little smaller than we wanted. We also hope in time to add items such as bridal veils.

Second Image of Shoshanah with the Bridal Gowns
Second Image of Shoshanah with the Bridal Gowns

While we work behind the scenes to continue to develop the wonderful centre that we are creating, we’d like to invite you to come and take a look. If you are getting married or know anyone who is, we would like to invite you to come and view the bridal gowns in our Bridal Gown Gemach.

The images above show me with a few of the bridal gowns. This is to demonstrate that the gowns are really in the centre we are developing and it is not all talk.

An image of the Bridal Gowns with the Mirror
An image of the Bridal Gowns with the Mirror

This last image shows what I was looking at. The gowns are all lovely and quality. They are all modest in keeping with Torah standards as is fitting for a Torah centre.

So come along and take a look. If you rent your bridal gown from Chessed Ve’Emet, you can do a Mitzvah with your rental as a percentage of the proceeds goes to assist an orphan to rent her bridal gown too.

We look forward to hearing from you

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