Portland, January 7th. Blushing brides converged on the Crown Plaza Portland Hotel searching for the perfect wedding dresses. Jodi Hamling was one of many who liked what they saw at the FABulous Bridal Affair. Event organizer, Fran Hansen gives brides a discount if they pledge to donate to their favorite nonprofit.

Marsha Priest and event organizer, Fran Hansen

Marsha Priest and event organizer, Fran Hansen

One charity near and dear to Hansen’s heart is Breast Cancer Research. She urges brides to donate money to a charity instead of giving away wedding favors and use Breast Cancer Research Stamps for all of their wedding mailings.

The Breast Cancer Research Stamp (BCRS) is a semi-postal non-denominated postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service, priced in 2011 as eleven cents higher than the standard first-class letter rate. The surplus above the price of the first-class stamp is collected by the United States Postal Service (USPS) and allocated to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DoD) for breast cancer research.

The Breast Cancer Research Stamp is issued by the United States Postal Service, priced in 2011 as eleven cents higher than the standard first-class letter rate. The surplus is collected and allocated to the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense for breast cancer research.

 

Bathshua Mendoza found an arm load of wedding dresses to try on

Bathshua Mendoza found an arm full of wedding dresses to try

 

Troy Williams and his fiancee Jodi Hamling saw many they liked

Troy Williams and his fiancee Jodi Hamling saw many they liked

 

A knockoff of the Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge's Sarah Burton dress was available

A knockoff of the Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge's Sarah Burton dress was available

Volunteers Shelby Mitchell encouraged brides to support St Judes Hospital and Anna Hogan supports Autisum Speaks

Shelby Mitchell encouraged brides to support St Jude's Hospital and Anna Hogan supports Autism Speaks

 

Dessiree Quinn, Molly McKay and Bue Bittler enjoyed the event

Dessiree Quinn, Molly McKay and Sue Bittler enjoyed the event

Organizers say their goal is to help brides remember to think of less fortunate people as they celebrate this happy time. Brides say they like the charity awareness aspect of the shopping experience.

 

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