Bride-To-Be Donates Dream Wedding Venue To Strangers After Calling Off Engagement
A bride-to-be who was due to get married this weekend has donated her dream wedding venue to another couple, after callings off her own engagement.
Kolbie Sanders decided to turn heartbreak to generosity when she decided she couldn't go through with her wedding.
The 24-year-old and her former fiance, Skylar Cotton, opted to donate the $3,500 venue to strangers and were inundated with hundreds of couples desperate to win the luxury venue.
She explained: "The venue told me that I could still get married there at some point in the future and keep my booking but by that point I thought, 'I'd like another couple to enjoy it.'
"Skylar and I are still really good friends and he was on board with me donating the venue."
Kolbie had just 24 hours to find a replacement couple, so immediately took to Facebook to call out for couples who could benefit from a beautiful wedding venue for free.
"With my engagement ending, I've come to find tremendous peace knowing that I did the right thing for both of us," she wrote.
"With that being said, now I want to do the right thing by others and let some good come out of this decision.
"This is a long shot but since my wedding venue has been paid for in full already, I have decided to donate my venue valued at $3,500 to a couple to use for their wedding day!"
She added: "This is for couples who can't afford a fancy venue or who are spending too much money on their kids to be able to afford a nice wedding. This is for couples who love each other and will continue to choose each other for the rest of their lives."
Her generosity was soon matched by a local photographer, caterer, florist, hair stylist and makeup artist who offered their services to the winning couple.
After receiving hundreds of messages, Kolbie narrowed it down to 45 couples and placed their names into a bowl.
Halie Hipsher was overjoyed when her name was picked out of the bowl, as her grandfather is suffering from pancreatic cancer and doesn't have long to live.
The 22-year-old explained: "As he is nearing the closing of his chapter this donation will put us a year ahead of schedule and he will be able to attend."
Halie, who will marry the father of her seven-month-old son, Matthew Jones, 24, thanked Kolbie for her generosity and of course, invited her to join them on the big day.
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