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05/12/2017

The perfect Christmas gift: a wedding dress for a poor bride

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A Catholic wedding planner has encouraged married women in Ecuador to “put a smile on the face of a poor bride” by donating their wedding dresses this Christmas.

“The goal is to have women give up their wedding dresses, since they don't have a real use for them anymore. What's better than keeping them is to give them to someone who needs one,” Maria Alejandra Guerra told ACI Prensa.

Guerra explained that the idea came to her Nov. 26, when she went with a group of missionaries from the Bonds of Marian Love Movement to St. Arnoldo Janssen Parish, located in a poor section of Guayaquil, to coordinate a Christmas campaign for the children there.

She said that the pastor, Fr. John Codjoe, told them that one of the parish's ministries was marriage preparation, and that because “most of these women don't have wedding gowns,” that he was looking for dresses to be donated.

“So that little light went on, because that was something I wanted to do for some time, and so I said to him 'Father, I'm a wedding planner, I'm going to help you and I'm going to promote this for your parish,” Guerra related.

Fr. Codjoe “was thrilled” with the proposal and told her about 19 couples who would soon be getting married in the parish.

“That's why I decided to launch this campaign on my social media. I didn't think I was going to get a good reception because some time ago I did a poll and most women told me they preferred to sell their wedding dresses. But it turned out just the opposite and now seven women have offered to give me their dresses,” she said.

“I'm going to go pick up the dresses and I'll bring them over to St. Arnoldo Janssen parish. I even told Fr. Codjoe that I wanted to attend the couples' weddings,” she commented.

On her Instagram account where she launched the campaign, Maria Alejandra Guerra said that Christmas is a “joy, it's giving something to someone you don't know but who needs it more...'giving without remembering and receiving without forgetting,' because that bride you give the dress to will be immensely grateful.”

She hopes that “we can put smiles on the faces of the brides most in need.”

Guerra said that “if I succeed in coming up with the dresses that Fr. Codjoe needs for next year and I continue to get more dresses, then I'll be looking for other parishes that will want to receive them as donations.”

She also invited married women from other Latin American countries to look for churches where they could give their wedding dresses to low-income couples who are preparing for marriage.

For women who live in Mexico, Guerra suggested they give their gowns to the charitable initiative called “Brides with a Cause” which collects dresses throughout the country to give them to needy young women.Read more at:sexy wedding dresses

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21/11/2017

Generational conflict as traditions questioned

ALI'S WEDDING: Helena Sawires stars in Ali's wedding. (Photo James Brickwood, SMH). The Goulburn Film Group screening is on Sunday, November 26 at the Lilac City Cinema at CHECK TIME.
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The Goulburn Film Group's November movie is 'Ali's Wedding' the winner of the Audience Award at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.

This delightfully funny, charming Australian comedy is based on the true story of Osamah Sami and his cleric father Mahdi. Ali (played by Osamah Sami) wants to please his father (Don Hany). However, despite his lofty intentions, Ali seems incapable of making the right decisions.

When Ali fails to gain the mark required to enter medical school - and desperate to impress his dad - Ali fakes success by lying about his score. He starts attending University without being enrolled in Medicine on the hope that he will perform so well he will be allowed to continue.

On top of this deceit Ali wants to marry the woman of his dreams, an intelligent and sardonic Australian-born Muslim named Dianne (superbly played by Helena Sawires). She is studying medicine.

Smitten, Ali is more than prepared to fabricate a reason the study alongside her.

The complication is Ali is betrothed to another; the 'acceptable' Yomma (Maha Wilson).

Ultimately, this complex web of lies and deceit starts to unravel setting off a catastrophic chain of events. Ali soon finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart.

The film is centred around the lives and families of a Melbourne mosque and poignantly focuses on the balancing act that immigrant families must carefully undertake as they attempt to 'fit in' but retain their culture.

At the same time the film deftly explores the discomfort Ali and his friends have with their parents' traditions. Questioning - and sometimes rejecting - the 'old way' while being respectful of them.

In this sense Ali's Wedding speaks to all cultures: as the younger generation undertakes its rite of passage and in doing so questions the accepted traditions.

As well, telling lies to family members so as not to hurt their feelings is universal and we can all readily share in Ali's pain, especially as Ali's lie begins to expand.

Ali's Wedding will have you with a grin on your face for most of the time but there are also tender moments.

The script is incisive and outstandingly nuanced delivering a cleverly constructed comedy that tugs at the heartstrings as it touches the funny bone.

It has the correct balance between comedic energy and realistic pathos. For example, at one stage Ali exhorts Dianne to run away with him to America. 'Hollywood always needs people like us to play terrorists!' he eagerly argues.

At the core of what makes Ali's Wedding a standout is the relationship between the characters and the realism this engenders as they wrestle with the vagaries of the human condition.

Ali's Wedding - the first Muslim romantic-comedy - is irreverent and warm-hearted.

It is an affectionate and entertaining story of love and duty, which will touch the heart of all those who see it.

I guarantee Sami and Dianne will win you over and Ali's Wedding will become another iconic Australian classic in the mould of The Castle, Dundee and Priscilla.Read more at:wedding gowns melbourne

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09/11/2017

The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe Just Went Wedding Dress Shopping

First he said yes to her rose; now she's saying yes to the dress! (Finally, right?) The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe just spent the day trying on wedding dresses, and after a two-year engagement, it's about time! Do you know how long we've been waiting for another Bachelor Nation wedding special, Kaitlyn?!

In case you need a Bachelorette refresher and don't have time to binge watch, on the season 19 finale of the reality franchise, the former bachelorette chose Shawn Booth as the winner and the pair got engaged (with a Neil Lane engagement ring, of course) right then and there.

Since then, the couple has been slow to plan their big day—or at least divulge the details. But now, it seems that it's full steam ahead as Bristowe just went wedding dress shopping…with one of our favorite bridal designers, no less!

“I had a very long day today, but in the best way possible," Bristowe told her fans in a video on her Instagram story Monday night. As it turns out, that long day was spent with bridal designer Hayley Paige, trying on bridal gowns. “I tried on wedding dresses all day. Exciting stuff,” she continued, according to People. That's for sure! In a snap posted earlier to Bristowe's story, the bride-to-be can be seen at what looks like the famed designer's showroom, surrounded by wedding dresses and sketches.

Later in another video on the 'Gram, Bristowe filmed herself leaving the bridal showroom. "Okay, that is a wrap. I’m still in white,” she said, revealing her post-shopping outfit: a white minidress with a plunging neckline. Way to keep with the theme of the day, girl!

With this major wedding to-do (hopefully) checked off the bride's list, this could mean that she and her fiancé will be tying the knot soon. We'll be checking our mailbox for an invite!Read more at:wedding dresses | wedding dress styles

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