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Love Is Not Cancelled | Congrats to This Week's Giveaway Winners!

For this week, Jennifer Stein of Destination I Do chose our Social Giveaway winners. Congratulations to all those who were selected, and thank you for sharing your personal stories! It has been so moving to hear how COVID-19 has affected each of you. We are proud to have you as our customers!

Cauriana Johnson

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Hi there! I am Cauriana, my fiancé is Shawn! I understand there are many entries in this giveaway contest, I decided to enter because we are currently struggling to pay for our wedding! My fiancé is in his last year of grad school graduating in December. We are hoping to get married late October! As he is continuing in his studies, he is keeping up on paying for his past loans. We have been through many hardships as the school he is in has charged him for classes he hasn’t taken and refuse to refund him. It’s a hard journey we are on as we are also unable to see one another upon the circumstances of COVID-19 quarantining. I am trying to find for our wedding by saving what I receive from work. It is very hard to plan our wedding since we have to think about our future together: a home, necessities of living. We trust that the Lord will provide a job for him once he is done with school so we can begin our journey together (His classes finish mid October). Our budget for our whole wedding is 2,000 dollars which a typical wedding can cost 5,000+. It is also hard when the word wedding or bride gets slapped onto something like a photographer prices sky rocket lol. The dress I would like to get for our wedding regardless of winning the giveaway is the Azazie Melrose BG. I am very excited how well priced these dresses are and how absolutely gorgeous they look!! Thank you so much for your time hearing our story and we hope and pray that the Lord will provide this wedding dress for us! Thank you so much!

Kira Long

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My fiancé and I got engaged on Valentine’s Day. The whole day was perfect - he sent flowers to my work, we went to dinner at our favorite local cider company, and the night ended with him proposing in our kitchen with our dogs by his side. 

We told our families and closest friends, but decided to wait to tell everyone else until our big trip to Australia this May. We found a lovely photographer in Australia and were planning on taking our engagement photos there. We were supposed to leave for our two week trip to Australia yesterday. Luckily, we were able to reschedule the trip to November and are hopeful that we will be able to go then. 

I have always wanted a small wedding or to elope. My fiancé likes the idea of a destination wedding. We decided a small, destination wedding would be the perfect way to include our families in our special day. Unfortunately, our wedding planning came to a halt just weeks after it started. Not only did COVID-19 ruin our travel plans this spring, but it has also taken the fun out of planning a destination wedding. We are finding it very draining to plan another trip that might get canceled due to travel restrictions and the wellbeing of our families. Planning a destination wedding in the midst of COVID-19 seems impossible. 

If our Australia trip works out in November we’ve talked about eloping while we're there. It would be a trip of a lifetime. If we decide to elope we would plan a trip with our families to celebrate once it is safe to do so. 

It might not be the wedding we had planned in our heads, but we always make the best out of every situation. 

 

Carla Griego

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Greetings,

I just recently came upon your generous giveaway and would love to enter my name if possible. 

We begin our story with a crashed wedding. When I met my fiancé Brian, I had recently been accepted into pilot training for the Air Force. I was on a family vacation and he was my cousin’s co-worker. On a casual meet up, we went to a fancy hotel to get drinks. Upon discovery of a hotel wedding, I convinced this man I barely knew to join the fun (cue the movie “Wedding Crashers”). We spent the evening dancing, making new friends, and personally wishing the couple our best. That night Brian shared with me his interest in forming a relationship. My response went something like this, “I’m in the military. I don’t know where I’ll be in the next few months or years. If you want to pursue me, then your future plans may be up in the air.” Brian was willing to pursue me. We continued to date and flash forward two years later (to the day), Brian proposed at the very hotel we crashed the wedding. We will now be getting married in the same ballroom of our first date.

When we got engaged we knew that planning a wedding would be difficult. Just a few months after we were engaged, I got stationed away from home for a year long assignment. We knew the military would make our engagement tough. However, no one could have predicted how COVID-19 would add to this difficulty. With DOD restrictions I am unable to leave my local area. In addition, Brian is unable to come to my base. Being gifted a dress from Azazie would be the greatest blessing. I had originally planned to travel home on May 22nd (Memorial Day weekend) so that I could complete some wedding preparation. However, due to military restrictions this will not be possible. Though I would love to be an engaged couple planning my wedding quarantined with my loved one, I know that being together right now is not possible. I am proud to serve and know that my current situation will be best for our family in the future. I know that my wedding planning must come secondary to my training. However, I am confident that even through restrictions we will persevere. As you all so eloquently stated, "Love is Not Cancelled"! 

Thank you for your consideration in my story.

 

Brooke Young

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Hi, my name is Joe, and I am writing you on behalf of my little sister, Brooke Young.  Although Brooke would feel comfortable sharing her story herself, she is not aware that I am telling it for her as I think it would be even more amazing if she received one of your wedding dresses as a surprise among all the disruption Covid-19 is causing in the world she lives in today.  That said, this is her story...

Brooke has been with her fiance, Anthony, for over two decades.  So, they have been together for a while.  Knowing my sister, she has always dreamed of getting married; however, as time passed, many believed (me included) that day may never come.  Despite having three children together, buying a house together and donating her kidney so that Anthony may receive one in return, no engagement.

See Anthony had a condition that required daily dialysis, and he was in need of a new kidney.  After being matched with his mother, he received one of her kidneys; however, that kidney failed, and Anthony was back on dialysis.  Without any other familial options, Anthony went on the transplant waitlist, but the likelihood of finding a match seemed slimmer each passing day.  That is when Anthony was presented with paired kidney exchange (kidney swap) as an option.  If someone with a kidney incompatible with him would donate a kidney on his behalf, the doctor could try to pair Anthony and his donor up with another donor/recipient pair and exchange kidneys.  My sister immediately volunteered, which should have been no surprise, but I was still taken aback.

How could she make such a sacrifice when they hadn't even committed to the sacrament of matrimony?  But Brooke agreed to the kidney swap unconditionally for the hope that the man she loved, the man she built a family and a home with could live a "normal" life regardless of whether it meant doing so as husband and wife or not.

Fast forward, now with the surgery in the past and accepting the fact that my baby sister would never get married, it was a pleasant surprise when Anthony popped the question this past February (2020) and Brooke accepted.  It was finally going to happen.  Brooke was going to have her wedding day!  Ambitiously wanting to get married this summer, they began planning their wedding.  Then Covid-19 happened.  Wedding postponed.  Because of his medical history, it was not safe for Anthony to continue working.  Because he was in a higher risk group, Brooke could not afford to go to work as a U.S. postal service employee either since her job increased the chances that she could come in contact with the virus, and she could not afford to bring Covid-19 back into their home given Anthony's health.

Needing to take care of their family while both are out of work, including putting their oldest child through college, Brooke and Anthony realized that not only were they going to have to push the wedding back but also they were not going to be able to have the wedding they dreamed of.  Sacrifices would have to be made.  Location, venue, wedding size, wedding dress... just a few of many things that would have to be altered, downsized, reconsidered.  Although I imagine Brooke would accept getting married at the courthouse in a pair of jeans, after all making sacrifices has been a part of her journey, I cannot stop thinking that it would be truly amazing if she were wearing one of Azazie's beautiful wedding dresses on her wedding day.  That said, I ask that Azazie surprise my sister by granting her a free Azazie wedding gown... for she would be forever grateful.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Sheron So

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Thank you for offering such an amazing giveaway. This opportunity means the world to so many brides out there.

I am fortunate I have not had to move my wedding date yet. For me, COVID has been tough because I have been unable to go dress shopping with my mother. She is a diabetic and two-time kidney transplant patient. This means when the stay-home orders are lifted, it will still be too dangerous for my mother to go outside. I have been a hopeless romantic for years and I always dreamed of choosing my dress with my mother.

My aunts in New Zealand were planning on surprising my mother in time for my wedding. They have not seen each other in more than 10 years. With the travel ban, we’re thinking this may be cancelled as well. My fiancé and I are extremely family oriented and it breaks our heart knowing our family may not be able to attend.

In addition, my fiancé is a front-line healthcare worker. He has been working tirelessly for 13+ hours daily to get people quarantined and tested. With all of the extra hours and consistent flow of new cases, eating dinner in his car is the only time he has to himself. Given this, I haven’t seen my fiancé in several months.

Today, we’re all staying hopeful and grateful for everything we already have.

 

Mabel Chan

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I hope the giveaway hasn’t ended yet!! I'm a surgery resident physician in one of the busiest hospitals in the pandemic epicenter, New York City. I have been working in the ED, ICU and stepdown COVID units in the past month, which to say the least, has been overwhelming. We have had patients literally everywhere lining hallways, outside tents, doubling even tripling rooms. It has been pretty draining to work with critically sick patients and their families who are scared, but unable to visit. The sheer number of death and codes that I have witnessed has been anxiety inducing. But at the end of the day, taking care of patients and their families is also my favorite job. It is what keeps me alive and what keeps me motivated!

Even if the work has been grueling, the effort of our staff and colleagues responding to the COVID-19 crises have been awe-inspiring. As we weather this storm unlike any in our history, we may have seen the worst of human condition, but the best of humanity :)

As a bride to be, I have yet to try on a single dress, because I was not able to get to any stores before the city shut down. I wish I could stay excited about my upcoming wedding, but I haven't had the energy to most days. I want to thank you for your generosity and your gift to all healthcare workers who will be a bride like me!

Each of these deserving brides have won an Azazie Bridal Gown of their choosing. Which dress would you pick?

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Love Is Not Cancelled | Congrats to This Week's Giveaway Winners!

After receiving many wonderful entires, we are ecstatic to announce six more winners of our Social Media Giveaway! In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, it is our pleasure to provide these brides-to-be with a free Azazie wedding gown of their choice. Here are their stories:

Sara Zargham

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My name is Sara Zargham and I’m a nurse at the children’s hospital here in Orange County CA! I’m supposed to be getting married this October, unsure if that’s happening yet though. My bridesmaids have been looking at dresses from Azazie and love them.

I’m entering the bridal giveaway for a couple reasons! First and foremost, this would be so cool and would really help with finances. With this pandemic, we’ve been called off a lot from work because pediatric hospitals aren’t as crowded as adult ones. We want to have our dream wedding in Palm Springs but also want to make sure family and friends feel safe coming from the East Coast.

Second-this would mean so much! If we decide to elope prior, with grandparents and family as time is precious, a bridal gown would be absolutely a dream come true. I met my fiancé at a bar in college 4 years ago! He proposed last October in Hawaii with a size 9 RING YIKES!! He tried to make a super surprise so he measured it off of a thumb ring in my jewelry box I never wore. Needless to say it was so thoughtful and he was so precious for thinking of me!

Anyway, thanks so much for letting me ramble and taking the time to get to know me! Winning this would be a dream come true and I’m truly so appreciative :)

Johanna Tappen

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COVID-19 has monumentally impacted my engagement and wedding planning with my fiance, Maxx.  I am a frontline medical worker in NYC.  All planning has had to be put on pause since I am an essential worker in a cancer hospital, in an hard hit urban epicenter of this crisis.  It has impacted our ability to celebrate our new engagement with friends and family, in light of precautions to keep our families and friends safe.  

I work as a clinical social worker extending mental health support and counseling services to cancer patients, their family caregivers, and fellow health care workers deeply impacted by the Covid -19 crisis.  I love my job, and it is a privilege to work alongside such compassionate and selfless individuals during this challenging and fear-inducing time, My role has shifted dramatically due to the chronic traumatic stress on healthcare personnel during this pandemic. 

Maxx supports me every single day with the stress and emotional toll of my job as a hospital worker  Maxx is patient, selfless, kind, devoted, driven professionally, and yet always has made me feel like his priority in big and small ways over our two years together, and even more so over the last two months of this pandemic He too, as as entrepreneur, has been impacted professionally by the economic shut down.  This would mean the absolute world to us.  He loves me unconditionally and challenges me to be a better version of myself, not only for others, but for myself.  He keeps me grounded and I love him so much.  I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with such an amazing man and compassionate, funny, and loving human being.  

Please let me know if you need any further information from me, hoping to hear from you.  Thank you for your time and consideration of my application.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness, and even the opportunity to enter, it has helped me refocus on our relationship and future wedding.

Sabrina Kwok

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First and foremost, thank you for hosting the bridal gown giveaway throughout the month of May. It is going to be such a relief for brides-to-be like myself during these unprecedented times. I have been following you on Instagram ever since I got engaged to my high school sweetheart over Labor Day weekend last year. For the longest time I did not enter any of your giveaways because I did not think I could win. I kept following you on Instagram because your dresses are just so gorgeous. After watching your stories and announcements about the winners, I thought, what’s there to lose?! So, here’s to a new perspective and hope!

Our wedding is set on Sunday, December 20, 2020 (one day after our 12 year anniversary!) in Pasadena, CA. Although our wedding day is still months away, my fiancé and I have already been receiving inquiries from friends and family about postponement. We have high hopes that Los Angeles County will lift its Stay At Home order so that we could keep our wedding day on the same day. One of my main concerns is the wedding dress. Since all the wedding dress boutiques are closed, I’m not sure how I will find my dream dress in time. As a social worker, I was always busy with my caseload and I kept telling myself that I still had months to shop for a dress. With this ongoing pandemic, I might not have much time left to shop for my dream dress. I hope that my wedding dress will not be the reason that I have to postpone my wedding! Winning this wedding dress giveaway from Azazie will be one less thing for me to stress about. I hope you select me as one of your winners as I am definitely okay with you sharing my story with the Azazie community. Thank you so much for reading this long email entry and I hope to hear from you soon!

Shreya Amin

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I’m a medical resident currently working in Danbury hospital. I’ve been working in covid ICU since the past 2 months for 16+hrs a day. Me and my fiancé are both medical resident who meet at the hospital 2 years ago and feel in love instantly. We got engaged last year in nov and were supposed to get married this May. Instead, our wedding was cancelled due to the pandemic. However this didn’t affect us as we had promised each other that this may he’ll be mine and I his. So despite the pandemic we got married in a civil ceremony last week. I got married to the love of my life, after my 30 hrs overnight ICU shift. I always envisioned wearing a nice white gown walking down the aisle with my dad by my side, however on my wedding day I wore the only 1 red dress I had, and it was just me and him without our family. My family has been devastated as due to me currently working in covid ICU I have been avoiding to visit/celebrates my wedding with them in fear of infecting them as a asymtopmatic carrier. I hope that one day once this pandemic is over my dream of wearing a white gown and walking down the aisle with my family by my side is still possible. I would love to become a bride again and marry the love of my life again. 

Here was my pandemic wedding photo. 

And I’m ok with you guys sharing this story. Win or no win. I’m sure many healthcare providers have had to Make such sacrifices. I’d love for them to know they are not alone.

Alyce Jorgensen

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My fiancé and I both work as law enforcement officers in San Diego.  We met on the job when I first started almost 3 years ago.  We were on the same squad and my fiancé was interested.  Very interested.  I tried to friend zone him immediately, but he wore me down with good wine, Chipotle and ice cream.  What girl doesn’t want wine and ice cream?!

Fast forward-we got engaged in February 2019 and immediately started planning our dream day.  The wedding was to be at a winery just north of Napa with the reception in my parents backyard in June.  Nothing extravagant.  A backyard bash with an open bar and fried chicken.  We had everything set and then the pandemic struck.

We had to cancel the wedding in Northern California, and as of now still haven’t received all of our deposits back.  Most of our vendors have been great, and we’ve received a lot of our money back.  We still have yet to hear from some and are out the money. 

Getting married this year is incredibly important to us, mostly because we want to start a family and we’re trying to time it with the most suitable times in our (my) career.  I can’t be pregnant and out chasing bad guys! 

Right now we are not allowed to use any vacation time to ensure our staffing with our department is adequate to serve our communities.  We are working 6 days a week to make up for the loss of money, and hopefully plan our new day.

We are working to reschedule our new date for October this year in San Diego. 

I am exhausted, sad, overwhelmed, and gut-wrenchingly praying this pandemic ends so we can celebrate our love this year.  Like every bride, I just want to have my day :)

Thank you for doing this give-away!  Cancelling bachelor/bachelorette parties and the wedding has been so difficult.  I know I’m not alone in feeling that way.

Megan Ziegler

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My name is Megan Ziegler. My fiancé (Andy) and I will be getting married on August 28, 2020!! However, we are both physical therapists, and we are working in ICUs caring for COVID patients currently. 

As our wedding day approaches, we have decided that no matter what the size of our wedding, we will be getting married (because we cannot wait!!). However, given that we will likely still be caring for COVID patients in August, the decision to postpone is feeling more and more obvious to keep our loved ones safe even if social distancing laws are lifted. 

I cannot wait to marry the love of my life, and my best friend. I have started to envision what a smaller ceremony can look like and looking at some of your midi wedding dresses online has me excited! I would be so excited to be chosen for a free gown, but even if I’m not chosen, I cannot WAIT to hear all of the bride’s stories that are chosen! This is a tough time to be a bride, and we all need to be celebrated. Thanks for bringing some joy to the bridal community! 

I hope your team stays healthy and safe. 

 

Thank you to everyone who shared their story! We will have more stories to come on the Azazie Blog next Friday!


Love Is Not Cancelled | Congrats to This Week's Giveaway Winners!

After receiving many wonderful entires, we are ecstatic to announce six more winners of our Social Media Giveaway! In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, it is our pleasure to provide these brides-to-be with a free Azazie wedding gown of their choice. Here are their stories:

Miranda Weinstein

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2020 started out rough, and COVID-19 didn’t help. At the beginning of December, my mom was admitted to the hospital for a consistent fever, shortness of breath, and fluid around her lungs. At first, we thought it wasn’t anything too serious, but we found out that her cancer had grown and was impacting her lungs. In the middle of December, she went into respiratory distress and coded. The doctors rushed her to the ICU where she was intubated. She lives in Los Angeles, and I live in Washington, D.C., so I rushed back home as quickly as possible. That flight was one of the longest, most numbing experiences of my life. Her tumor had caused her lung to partially collapse, and all the doctors said there wasn’t much they could do. But my mom’s a fighter, so we kept fighting for her. We spent Hanukah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, my aunt's birthday, and my 27th birthday, next to my mom in the hospital. While my birthday wasn’t the most enjoyable, I got a great present: my mom started breathing on her own! 

After 54 days in the hospital, my mom was discharged into a rehab facility and continues to work on her recovery after being intubated for a month. One of the things she told me when she was able to talk was that she kept fighting so she could dance at my wedding. 

My wedding was supposed to be on June 7, the day after my mom’s 63rd birthday. Then COVID hit the US. As my mom is immunocompromised and has recently managed to fight her way off of a ventilator, my fiancé and I made the decision to postpone our larger ceremony to 2021. But with my mom’s terminal cancer, the push brings other worries and complications. I’m hoping it’ll be safe enough to do a smaller family only ceremony this summer, but the unknown of COVID and my mom’s health makes any type of planning difficult. The happiness of getting married was one of the only things that helped me get through living at the hospital for two months, and now that everything is shut down and we’re stuck inside again, it’s been difficult. But love conquers all, so wedding or not, it doesn’t change how we feel.

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Hannah Zucker

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My fiancé and I got engaged this past September after 5+ years of dating. It was the most perfect day and he had planned a surprise engagement party with all our friends and family that took place 2 days later. We soon began wedding planning and we locked in our venue and date for August 2020. We chose August 23rd because it was the exact same wedding date as my grandparents who had been happily married and inseparable for 61 years at the time. My grandma in particular was so excited about our wedding because I was the first grandchild out of 8 to be getting married, and we would be sharing the same anniversary date. Unfortunately, she passed away in March and will not be at my wedding. It completely breaks my heart, and all I wanted after that was to have the most special and beautiful wedding that she could be a part of spiritually. Of course once things got really bad with the virus I realized my dream wedding wasn’t going to be possible. I hadn’t hired all my vendors at the time and my dress fitting was supposed to be at the beginning of April but the store being in NY is still closed and not sure when I’ll be able to come in (I also live in Florida so it is more complicated).

All I want for my wedding is for it to be beautiful and to have all my friends and family there. With it being in New York, I don’t think it’s going to be possible. I wouldn’t want to put any of our guests in danger by having a gathering of 200 people even if it is allowed, particularly because of my 85 year old grandfather. At this point my fiancé and I decided that it makes the most sense to do a small ceremony in front of our family and closest friends in his backyard, and then celebrate our reception with everyone on our 1 year anniversary.

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So the reason I am writing to you is because although I have a dress already that I am hoping is ready by August, I would want to wear a different dress to the ceremony and reception. It would be amazing to receive this giveaway after all the stress I’ve been going through the past 2 months and finally feel like something good is happening to me. Not to mention my bridesmaids all got their dresses from Azazie and love them!

Lastly, I’ve included pictures of my fiancé and I so you can put some faces to our story/relationship. I hope to hear back from your team and appreciate the time of whoever is reading this.

Evelyn Stinebaugh

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My name is Evelyn. I am a nurse and the proud Health Services Director for a senior living and dementia community. My fiance and I have been together going on 13 years and we have 2 kids. As I'm sure you can imagine raising 2 children doesn't leave much time, let alone money, to plan a wedding. We had been building up funds and dreaming of this day, and after almost 2 years of saving and sacrificing, working longer hours to gather the funds... we finally did it. We were ready to have our wedding. Everything was in place for us to say "I do" officially on March 22nd, 2020. Then the COVID-19 pandemic took it all away. All the money we spent on the deposits for the vendors is nonrefundable,  so we are waiting in hopes that we can reschedule our wedding with the same vendors, if not we will be out thousands of dollars. We have lost money on food and guest gifts that have now been wasted and need to be remade and repurchased at a later date. My fiancé has had his hours cut due to the pandemic and since the kids are home for distance learning we cannot work more to make up the difference. I've never been one to ask for anything and would rather work for it myself, unfortunately given my current situation I can't get a second job this time...so I figured what more have I got to lose when it comes to the wedding.

Thank you for all that you are doing to make the dreams of many soon to be brides come true. Not all heroes wear capes.... some wear veils! In your case, some make veils!

Hailey Howard

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If there is anyone I know that is deserving of this opportunity, it would be Hailey, hands down. Here is why: 

Hailey is both my friend and my colleague, which I am very blessed for. She has a heart of pure gold, and a perpetual smile... Somehow she blends optimism and realism together, and always has a listening ear for anyone. We work in healthcare and during this changing and uncertain time Hailey has been an invaluable source of kindness and compassion not only for her peers but for the folks we serve in our community and beyond... Hailey has worked tirelessly day in and day out to make sure that our members and their families are getting the resources they need... Without even knowing she has touched so many hearts and lives.”

Hailey and her fiance Michael are best friends and a beautiful couple, due to be married Oct 3, 2020. They share an apartment in Bath, ME with their beloved rescue dog Gordon. She would have been dress shopping at this time, with her mom and sister, but again she has put others before her with a smile...”

For these reasons and so many more, Hailey is deserving of a wedding dress she'll love. She would be beautiful in anything, even a paper bag not because of how she looks but because of who she is. It is with so much love and enthusiasm that I'm nominating Hailey. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my submission and for being so kind as to have a giveaway of this nature. 

Heather Sneyd

Thank you so much for letting me share my story with you! My fiancée and I were planning to get married on April 18th 2020! Unfortunately our plans were disrupted due to the coronavirus! Our family was actually impacted from it! We all were laid off, my daughter was infected with covid 19. She is actually graduating high school and they canceled her prom and Graduation ceremony! We don’t have much money to begin with as it is. I was getting married in a dress I bought from Walmart! To even have a chance to win this dress would be a dream come true for us! Thank you so much! Have a great day!

Jin Chen

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Normally, as an anesthesiologist, I would be the last voice that one hears before he or she goes off to dreamland for a surgery; now, I could be the last person someone will ever see in this life. Working more than 12 hour shifts and sometimes everyday of the week, I have been fighting in the frontlines ever since the virus hit New York City.  In the face of resource scarcity, my hospital has converted our familiar operating rooms into intensive care units so we could fight the odds that favors death. There are numerous trials and tribulations in this battle. One is our fight to get more personal protective equipment. We are still reusing masks and gowns for time exceeding intended, but our situation has tremendously improved after donations pour in from friends and strangers. Then there is answering calls from the family. It is extremely difficult for the family to understand the prognosis without visuals. I attempt as much as I can to paint a picture and to answer the questions over the phone, but none of us has satisfactory answers. We do not know for sure if the medications truly help, if the breathing strategies are appropriate for this disease, or if the patient will live. The worst of all stumbling blocks is the defeat. After days and sometimes weeks of caring for the patients, they pass.

In the midst of all of this physical and emotional toll, I am planning for a wedding for August of this year. Like many things during this period, there were many changes and uncertainties. We planned for months to visit my grandparents in China and to take our engagement photos in the photogenic region of Southwestern China. We planned on inviting our family from Vietnam, Australia, and China. We planned on having all of our friends who we do not see enough to enjoy with us a celebration of love. Now we do not know if any of that will go as planned. I am waiting for the day when I can finally print my wedding invitations with the correct date.

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Thank you to everyone who shared their story! We will have more stories to come on the Azazie Blog next Friday!


Love Is Not Cancelled | Congrats to This Week's Giveaway Winners!

After receiving many wonderful entires, we are ecstatic to announce ten more winners of our Social Media Giveaway! In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, it is our pleasure to provide these brides-to-be with a free Azazie wedding gown of their choice. Here are their stories:

Kelly Roach

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The truth is, I wasn't ready to come to terms with the fact that this year, time with family, celebrating an engagement, a wedding, the celebration, all the details ... they were slipping away from what I had hoped and evolving into something else. And in writing this email, I am finally admitting that the plan is changing, and there is such beauty in embracing the new storyline!

So let me back up for the original storyline! My fiancee and I were set up as blind dates in college. It's a pretty hilarious story, but after hitting it off that fist November 2015, we decided to wait until February 29th, 2016 to start dating. Who doesn't love a leap year anniversary?? It's our favorite joke. "How long have you been dating?" ... "Only a year actually!" because we divide everything by four :) We got engaged on 1/17 of this year and set a date for 11/7 - the same month we met so long ago. I didn't find my dream dress before COVID, even after a few dress appointments with my three sisters. So many brides are in this position, and so many people are in much worse positions during this time. But no matter your situation, I think we're struggling with feelings of loss when we were hoping to only celebrate feelings of love. We're changing, we're adapting, we're seeing the bright side! But there is still a little to be sad about in what you're leaving behind, and that's what I had a hard time admitting. 

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But now, I'm fully aware of what I truly need to get married this year and it's not a lot at all. My fiancee and I had a big wedding planned with out-of-state family and friends, and instead we're eloping. We're starting married life just the two of us, and celebrating next year for THE BIGGEST one year anniversary party you ever did see :) So really, all that I will have on my wedding day now is my fiancee (praise GOD haha) and a dress. No flowers, no details, no venue. Just the two of us pioneering our own way. I fell in love with Azazie after wearing your dress this past summer for my best friend's wedding, and have only fallen more in love with you since. Yes, I love your fabric and color swatches (UNREAL). But I love what you're doing, the community you're building. You taught me what I needed to write this email: we don't need it all, just the right things. And that is Azazie. That is my elopement this year that my fiancee and I are gushing over, because it's totally unexpected and exactly the right page in our story. My favorite guy and (hopefully!!) my favorite dress, and that's all I need. 

Regardless, THANK YOU. You gave me the courage to write this and admit the new storyline. I know I'm biased, but I think it's even better than the original one :)

Edna Jakubovic

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I hope whoever reading this is staying safe during such a difficult time. My name is Edna and I am 21 years old. I am a newly graduating nurse and I work at a dialysis unit providing life saving treatments to patients who suffer from kidney failure.

During this global pandemic, we've learned that those strong enough to survive COVID-19 are suffering from renal failure. With that, my need at work has tripled. I work 16 hour days, at times don’t even come home but at the end, it is all worth it knowing that I’m useful in such a difficult situation. If people are society are strong enough to survive this, I am strong enough to help them.

I am planning on marrying my best friend, the man who saved me from abuse and at a time where I am focusing on caring for others, it would help me emotionally and mentally knowing that someone cares for me by helping me with a wedding dress.

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Financially, I am paying off my tuition and all household expenses as I am the only one working. By being fortunate enough to be chosen for this, would mean more than words could ever describe.

I never imagined getting married at this time, but when is really the perfect time? From this I’ve learned that it’s always a time to love, be loved, and care for one another.

Thank you all for what you’re doing. If I am not lucky enough, I hope and pray that one who also deserves it truly wins.

Natasha Navejar

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I began 2020 as a 2nd-year medical student in a 4-year long distance relationship with my boyfriend, Elliot. We had made the difficult decision to do long-distance two years prior, when medical school called me to Houston and a master's program rooted him in New Orleans, the city that brought us together. I was just beginning my clinical rotations, the part of medical school where your learning takes place in the hospital rather than the classroom. My first rotation, pediatrics, allowed me to take part in the birth of a child, the swaddling of newborns, and the simple act of giving a child a lollipop after a round of vaccinations. As my second rotation, Internal Medicine, was just beginning in February, Elliot came to visit and brought me to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, where he asked me to marry him. The proposal was not lavish or grand, not belabored by a carpet of rose petals or a barrage of fireworks. Rather, it saw the two of us sitting on a bench and holding hands amidst the chirping of birds and the whistle of the breeze through dancing trees, pledging that we wanted to do life together forever. Elliot had to return to New Orleans soon after, but we excitedly talked about celebrating our engagement with our friends and family, looking for wedding dresses in the shop where his sister found hers, and having his other sister take our engagement pictures.

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And then COVID-19 hit. While I had no wedding date get postponed, the excitement of our engagement became overshadowed by a looming cloud of fear and worry. I went to the hospital every day--on the sub-rotation of Infectious Disease, no less--wondering if I would become exposed to the virus and bring it back to my loved ones. Flying, the main route by which Elliot and I visited each other, no longer seemed safe. I tried to focus on my studies, knowing that my tests and deadlines were still a very real concern. The excitement of going to pick out a dress, taking engagement pictures, and celebrating surrounded by friends and family was suddenly a distant memory.

2 and a half months later, I have accepted the gravity of COVID-19, and feel grateful for what I have. I was taken off my clinical rotations along with medical students around the world. Although I cannot go dress shopping or assemble my friends and family altogether in one space to plan a wedding, I have the time to appreciate the meaningfulness of my future career, the blessing of a loving fiancee, and friends and family who are only a phone or video call away. 

I appreciate you doing this giveaway and taking the time to hear all of our stories. I enjoyed reflecting on this unprecedented time, and am thankful for the kindness that I see everyday people and companies like yours sharing.

Chelsea Lollar

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I am a nurse at Stanford Healthcare working on the frontlines of the COVID 19 pandemic and my fiance Kyle is finishing his last 2 weeks of school online though SF State, soon to receive a bachelors degree in criminal justice. We had our first date on May 3, 2014 at our senior prom and have been together ever since. Last March Kyle's mom was diagnosed with brain cancer (glioblastoma) since her diagnosis she has had her tumor removed and finished her first round of radiation and chemo - after her diagnosed though we decided there is no better time than now to celebrate our love and get married on May 3, 2020 to assure his mother would be at our wedding, and it was also the 6 year anniversary of our senior prom. With the recent pandemic though our dream of this wedding has been postponed to currently November. Kyle's mother is doing well now, but we have had to take extreme precautions around her since I work on the frontlines. I am reaching out to you because receiving a bridal gown that I could wear on my big day would add A little spark of happiness in our lives during this hard time for everyone. Thank you for listening to my story.

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Dailisia Smith

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Good evening, my name is Dailisia and my fiancee's name is Shevon. We have been planning my wedding day since 12/25/2017 the day I got engaged. I have always been the type of girl to think that I would never get married or have a big family wedding. But as soon as I met my fiancee all of that totally went out the window haha. We agreed on the date 4/20/2020 to give his family from Trinidad enough time to get passports and things in order for our big day. We also needed to give his mother time to go through chemotherapy and thankfully recuperate because she wanted nothing more than to see her youngest son get married to the love of his life. Throughout this wedding planning journey I had Diy-ed most of my decor and worked with my planner on creating a beautiful hanging flower display and a beautiful backdrop made of tiny handmade wooden flowers. Well as we rounded the curve to the last leg of the wedding planning race Covid appeared and now we are stuck with some hard decisions to make. All of my fiancee's family won't be able to make it to our new date of 6/29/2020 the day before his birthday. But it's either elope with a micro dinner party after or wait until next year and find a new venue as my venue took a big hit financially and won't be around in 5 months or so. With all of the planning that has gone into this wedding it feels like the wind has been knocked out of me. Thank you for listening and making me feel heard💙

Cynthia Greenlee

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I am writing in regarding the bridal gown giveaway.  I am writing on behalf of my absolutely amazing future daughter in law, Miss Cynthia Greenlee from Tracy, CA.   She is a pharmacy tech/shift lead for Walgreens and continues to work tirelessly daily putting her our life at risk to serve the community and her family.  She not only works LONG busy hours but when she is home she keeps up the house work and she makes care packages to send to family.  She goes above and beyond to assure her loved ones are happy and healthy.  Her heart was broken when her wedding dress shopping appointments were rescheduled twice and then finally cancelled, due to the Corona Virus.  It is so heart breaking that she is not even sure she will be able to find a dress by her wedding date, (and still unsure if the wedding will actually happen due to Corona, the wedding is in the fall).  She gives so much to the world and so deserves to have something special like a free bridal gown.  I really hope you will consider Miss Cynthia Greenlee  for your free bridal gown.  She is an amazing human being and my son (AND our family) are so very lucky to have her in our life.  

Corryn Chase

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First of all thank you for having this contest! I know I appreciate every brand that is willing to help out in any way during this strange and difficult time we all find ourselves in.

My fiancé and I have been engaged since June 2018 and I always dreamed of having a spring wedding. We even moved in with my parents to help save for a dream wedding. Our original date was supposed to be 5/15/20 (cute right? I made sure to reserve that date the minute the venue opened up the 2020 calendar haha ).

We live just outside of LA county who recently extended their stay-at-home orders too, you guessed it, 5/15. After many discussions and a few tears, we postponed the wedding to 7/1/20. July 1st is actually one day before we officially met in 2014 and later got engaged in 2018. It was almost a blessing as this feels like a better And more appropriate day for us.

Now I just hope and pray every day that we can all get back to a somewhat normal life by July. Otherwise it’s back to the drawing board. 

Thank you again and thank you for reading my story.

Tara Guzman

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Like most people 2020 was supposed to be my year. My boyfriend after 8 years proposed in June 2019 and I was so excited to FINALLY married.

Well little did I know just two months later I would get injured and tear  my ACL/Meniscus playing in a  football league. 

I had my surgery November 2019, recovery has been awful to say the least but 6 weeks later post surgery I decided to set my wedding date for Sept 11, 2020.

It give me a time frame to be able to have the opportunity to learn how to walk again. 

Fast forward February 2020, I had to have a second  knee surgery on my birthday because I wasn’t healing. The frustration and depression has been real. 

 I decided 3 weeks after my surgery I would be able to book an appointment to get my wedding dress with my crutches and knee brace.

Well COVID 19 shut the down real fast. 

Just 2 weeks ago I made the hard decision to cancel my wedding date  this year because the way California was going there was going to be no chance of me being able to find the “perfect dress” with everything closed.

During my  time of healing, I have had the opportunity to serve along side my very own mother, a nurse practitioner, to combat the coronavirus. She leads a team of six nurses who serve relentlessly on the front lines. I will attach some photos of our team.

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Truth be told, I still have a road to recovery ahead of me. I’m getting stronger everyday and STILL learning how to  trust my knee. 

I can’t wait for the day I can “walk” down the aisle literally and figuratively.

Amanda Conway

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I have been dating my now boyfriend for 2 years. We had our first non- work trip planned together for Spain and Portugal in March/April 2020. I have been working as a nurse practitioner for just over 3 years at this point and had only taken one full week off at that point, so I was very much looking forward to this trip with my boyfriend to have a break from taking care of others as well. 

10 days before we were supposed to leave, the Covid pandemic came and we had to cancel our plans. I had to then trade my vacation to working at Madison, Wisconsin’s Covid only clinic as a NP screening and caring for patients affecting by the coronavirus. 

Working more weekends, I had Friday, April 3rd off. My boyfriend tells me that he is going to take off the day to spend with me since he wasn’t able to see me much on weekends. We go for a walk around our state Capitol to get some exercise, and halfway through the walk he got on one knee and asked me to marry him! This day we were supposed to be in Portugal overlooking the ocean. He had this absolutely romantic day planned that was of course canceled with Covid. He wanted to keep the day the same because you don’t stop loving just because of a pandemic!

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I am now at the planning part of my wedding, which of course is at a halt because of the pandemic. I’ve always wanted a spring wedding, so we are hoping to do spring 2021. However, I am still spending my days doing what’s best for my health system. I’ve worked at 3 different clinics going at a moments notice when there is need in about 4 different roles that are needed for NPs during this pandemic. It is what is best for the patients and community. 

I have had an Azazie dress as a bridesmaid and was obsessed with it! I am truly looking at your dresses as the pandemic and my work with the pandemic makes it near impossible to go to a salon. Your home try on is fitting my role with this pandemic. Plus, I know the quality is absolutely amazing. 

I am hoping you’d consider me for this contest as not only Covid completely changed my engagement and wedding planning, but it affects my work daily as I have put myself at risk and had to isolate myself from absolutely everyone but my fiancé by taking care of those at highest risk who need me as a healthcare provider.

Maegan Foster

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Hello! My name is Maegan and this is how COVID -19 has impacted my wedding. I originally didn't feel like I deserved to share my story and enter this giveaway because I haven't had to cancel or postpone yet. My fiance and I got engaged in November of 2019. We were unsure of when to plan our wedding because I am finishing my degree in elementary education and student teaching in the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021. We want to be married in May of 2021 after I graduate.We had toured venues right before the lock down, and the place we wanted to book is now not responding to our emails. It's a very small, very new venue (only been open for about a year) so our parents are all strongly discouraging us from putting a deposit down. We have no idea how to continue planning. Dates for next year are starting to get booked up so we're scared of either starting over on our venue search (while still not being able to travel to visit venues, as our families are 6 hour apart and we're trying to find some place in the middle but obviously we can't tour under stay at home orders), or putting a deposit down on a place we love but could very possible go under before our wedding, and that's if they respond to us. I also recently lost my job a daycare due to COVID. I'm only able to work full time from now until August when I begin student teaching, and then I will only be able to work part time until graduation. My fiance and I are paying for everything out of pocket on our own, and I'm terrified that I won't be able to pull in enough money to afford the dress or wedding that I've been dreaming of. While we haven't been forced to cancel or postpone, we're in a complete standstill and unsure of how to move forward, as well as trying to cope with the burden of limited income. 

I have been so impressed with how much Azazie cares for their community! My bridesmaids will be ordering their dresses from here and I'm so excited to work with such an amazing company. Even if I don't win the giveaway, thank you so much for the chance, and for doing all you can to help so many brides who have been impacted by such a hard time.

Thank you to everyone who shared their story! We will have more stories to come on the Azazie Blog next Friday!


Love Is Not Cancelled | Congrats to Giveaway Winner Casey Delaney!

We are happy to announce that the first winner of this month's Social Giveaway, Casey Delaney, has won a free Azazie Bridal Gown of her choice! We wish her the best and hope she has an amazing wedding day!

Here is her story:

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In summer 2018 my now fiancé had planned a surprise trip To propose to me, with stops on route all to do with my interests and loves. He was going to propose once we reached our destination.
The week before his surprise trip we were on a camping trip and I was run over by a seadoo. This led to me spending three weeks in a coma and then having half of my skull removed due to a brain injury. I stayed in The hospital for three months, so of course the surprise proposal trip was cancelled. We got engaged once I was out of the hospital, and started slowly planning our wedding. We couldn’t get married last summer, 2019, as I was still recovering.
We were supposed to get married July 18, 2020, though that now seems unlikely due to COVID. This virus has affected much of our wedding planning, including my wedding dress being unable to arrive.

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We will now likely be having a very small ceremony and then taking a wedding trip just the two of us once travel is possible. I would love a wedding dress to wear to our small ceremony or to our celebrations on one eventual trip.
This whole engagement process has been a real experience, but we have learned that we can get through it all together. I would love to be one of the very fortunate brides you choose to gift a gown. I would be forever grateful.

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Stay tuned for more giveaway winners' stories next Friday!