A beautiful cause, for a beautiful dress

While cleaning up my girls’ bedroom one day, I stopped to stare at my wedding dress. Beautifully preserved in its box, looking like something a Barbie doll would wear.


Man, how I loved that dress.

It was the first dress I tried on. It was nothing like I thought I wanted for my wedding day. It was beautifully white, with light pink cherry blossoms designed on it. I added a light pink sash.. the moment I tried it on, I knew it was made for me.

As I saw it sitting there, I began to wonder if my girls would ever want to wear it. It was so uniquely me…and one day I hope they find a dress that is so uniquely them.

Realizing that, I began to wonder what I should do with my dress. I don’t think I would ever have the heart to “trash” it, but seeing it sit in its box for the next 20 years seemed silly.

A few days later, I heard a friend of mine talking about how she donated her dress to this student in Orlando who, in her spare time, takes donated wedding dresses and creates beautiful little bereavement gowns for babies who lose their fight and don’t make it home from the hospital.

What a wonderful cause, bringing a little bit of light to families going through a horrific, unimaginable situation. Brings tears to my eyes thinking about it.

I found the girl’s facebook page, Wings for Baby Angels and immediately reached out to find out how to donate.


I was able to donate my dress, sash and veil, and she turned those items into FIVE beautiful gowns and headbands for five sweet baby girls to wear in the future.

My heart is so happy with how these gowns turned out. I can only hope they bring a little happiness to the parents who will be burying their baby in one. My heart breaks for those families. Even if I never know them, I hope they feel my prayers and thoughts for them through my donation.

Please enjoy the beautiful pictures of the gowns, they look like mini versions of my dress! I will forever cherish these photos, and am so happy I chose to donate my dress for such a heartfelt, beautiful cause.

If you are looking for an amazing way to touch lives, please look into donating your wedding dress to Wings for Baby Angels.



Thought for the day: A dream is a wish your heart makes

Last week I married the love of my life. However, since we have had a busy week, I am just now able to blog about my wedding day.

For all you brides, keep in mind nothing will ever go PERFECTLY according to plan, but if there is a bump in the road, jump over it and come up with a new plan.

I have always been one of those girls who is obsessed with Disney, and has been ever since I was little. So, my dream wedding would have been at Disney if I had all the $$$ in the world. Although, since I am I teacher and did not win the lotto, I did everything I could to make my wedding something any princess would have been proud of.

We had a beautiful venue down on St. Pete Beach (sand free, so I could wear heels still) it was perfect! The ceremony was outside and the reception was upstairs in the ballroom of the venue.

So, here are my top 5 moments from my wedding:

5. My entire European family was able to make it. We had a great time catching up since we graduated from our MA degree 1.5 years ago! 


4. My adorable wedding toppers. I love them! My friend, Holly, made them and I think they are the cutest things ever created! Plus, she was spot on with the outfits. 


3. Being walked down the aisle by my mom and coach was a touching moment that I will never forget. 


2. My brother, sister-in-law, and niece drove down from New Mexico! Seeing them was amazing! Since they decided to make the trip last minute. 


1. I got to marry the love of my life! I am now Mrs. Hill and could not be happier ❤



So, those are my top 5 moments. I loved every second of our wedding and am so happy to have all those amazing memories. Thank you to all my friends and family who came to celebrate with us!

 “A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heart ache, whatever you wish for you keep. Have faith in your dreams and some day, a rainbow will come shining through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” – Cinderella