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Wedding items donated for tornado victims


NORMAN, Okla. — We first introduced you to Megan Acord when she was surprised at BeLoved Bridal in Norman with a free wedding dress.

Acord lost her original dress after her dad’s home was wiped out in the May 20th tornado. She had been storing her dress there.

The bridal shop owner owners partnered with one of their gown designers, Stella York, to donate any dress, free of charge, as a gift and surprise to Acord.

Acord’s story spread like wildfire and the donations didn’t stop there. Friday night, Justin and Megan Acord tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony in the Terrace Room at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

In addition to the dress, the jewelry, cake, photographer, flowers and even wedding coordinator were donated.

“I never in a million years ever thought that this is how my wedding would turn out. So really it is a major blessing,” said Megan Acord.

“It’s crazy. I didn’t expect it really because a wedding dress is pretty small compared to the amount of stuff that was lost in the Moore tornado,” said Justin Acord.

The couple says if it weren’t for the donations, they couldn’t have afforded the ceremony. But the night’s biggest blessing for Megan is that her dad could walk her down the aisle.

He had just left his home before the tornado hit.

“He saw it coming and so he bolted out. As soon as he left, it hit. It was kind of scary,” said Megan Acord.

So while the tornado tried to steal the joy from Justin and Megan, a community came together to make sure that didn’t happen.

Jenifer Halstead with New Beginning Florist in Moore donated all the flowers and she herself lost her shop in the Moore tornado.

She says the help she received from the community made it an easy decision to pay it forward to the Acords. Cakes By Shelley donated the cake.

And Michael Reeves donated all the photography for the wedding.