Wedding dresses, as special as they are, often get exiled to the back of the wardrobe.
Some brides find ways to repurpose it after their special day, and one woman fell in love with her gown so much that she wanted to do something really meaningful with it.
The 38-year-old didn’t want to wear her dream dress just once, so she wore it again, this time for a 3k charity run in honour of her grandmother.
The colour run was organised to raise money for Trinity Hospice in Blackpool, where Natale’s 74-year-old grandmother, Marie, was taken care of before she died in September 2017.
At the event, spectators threw powdered paint on her £1,600 dress.
Natale felt it was all worth it and said: ‘The dress was special anyway, but now it has even more meaning and it looks amazing with all the colours.’
A month before her beloved grandmother passed away, Natale wed husband Warren.
In the two years since their wedding, the dress had been gathering dust, so she decided to give it new life.
She said: ‘It was my dream dress, as soon as I put it on, I started crying.
‘I’d tried about 20 dresses on and this was the last one.
‘It wasn’t what I wanted at all, I thought I was going to go for a 50s style dress but as soon as I put it on, I felt like a princess.’
Natale, a wedding florist, completed the race in June with her family cheering her on from the sidelines.
She said: ‘The dress was so heavy to run in but I loved every minute of it.
‘I have no regrets about it.’
Natale now plans to frame her new multicoloured dress and hang it at the top of her stairs like a piece of art to commemorate Marie.
She said: ‘My grandma was an artist all her life, she’d been drawing since she was 16 until her last days.
‘Lots of people couldn’t believe what I was doing but my family understood.’
Natale wished granny Marie could’ve seen her complete the race.
She said: ‘If she could have seen me on that colour run she would have absolutely loved it.
‘The dress has even better meaning now.’