Generous Bride Project donning frocks and raising money for Syrian refugees


Volunteers and models Amy Street, Karina O'Rafferty, Kaitlyn Scott, Nathalee Holmes and Nirel Bent. Picture: Ben and Ebony
Volunteers and models Amy Street, Karina O'Rafferty, Kaitlyn Scott, Nathalee Holmes and Nirel Bent. Picture: Ben and Ebony

LACING up a wedding dress will be special for a very different reason this weekend when Perth women don frocks to raise money for Syrian refugees.

The Morley-based Generous Bride Project’s bridal fashion fundraiser will display more than a century of bridal fashion, with funds raised donated to humanitarian organisation Samaritan’s Purse.

More than 300 people are expected to attend the event that includes pieces from 1906 to modern day.

Project volunteer Heather Pitman said the group approached the Eastern Districts Alliance Church in Morley in September, which also wanted to raise money and awareness for the Syrian refugee crisis.

She said they picked the wedding dress theme to engage women of all generations and have developed an online pre-loved wedding dress store, which will be launched on the night.

Bertha Beasley wore one of the dresses featured at her wedding in Katanning in 1908, handmade from muslin by sister Grace Charleton.

She died in childbirth a year later, but daughter Jean survived the birth and lived until age 86.

Five generations of the family’s wedding dresses will be showcased on the night, including one of its youngest brides Ebony Sugg, owner of a wedding styling company.

She will be the official stylist for the fashion show.

The show will also feature Beverley Poulter’s creamy Chantilly lace number, complete with pearl organza bows and a bodice with satin piping, which she wore to her wedding to Wally Poulter in 1960.

Once a year Mrs Poulter’s four daughters try on the wedding dress and her granddaughter has since tried it on too.

The bridal fashion fundraiser will be held at Morley Baptist Church in Bassendean, Saturday, May 14 at 7pm.

Book tickets or donate here.