Bridal Salon: by Tiina Karkkainen

With Love from the Nations providing beautiful wedding dresses, evening gowns, suits, tuxedos, children’s gowns and accessories gifted by believers to bless people in Israel. When entering the CFI Bridal Salon in the heart of Jerusalem, one is delighted to see beautiful wedding gowns generously gifted to the Salon by both Jews and Christians from around the world.  There are over 300 wedding gowns to choose from varying in size, colour and style, including many designer gowns.

“My Beloved is mine and I am his...” 

(Songs of Songs 2:16)

 


The Bridal Salon has been expanding and serving Israelis since 1990. The heart of the Bridal Salon is to provide Brides, Grooms, their families and friends from all over Israel, meeting the unique requirements for each special and celebrated occasion. Due to family or religious situations, some Israeli brides have two weddings - one overseas and one in Israel! Even one celebration is very costly. So the Bridal Salon is a real blessing for which our clients are truly grateful. When the clothing has been cleaned and returned, the deposit is refunded. This project serves to express the love of believers to people in Israel by blessing them on their special day.

Reflections On My Wedding Day

A wedding is first and foremost a ceremony that celebrates the connection between two loving people, two souls who have found a home. But not just. It is also an opportunity to be grateful not only for the wonderful love we share with each other, but also for all the precious people in our lives.  Our wedding was a celebration of love: a romantic love of two individuals and the love of our family and friends…  

…In our Hupa, after the ceremony of the ‘Kidushin’, when we were officially husband and wife, I told Dima that he is my puzzle. We complete each other. Just as we complete each other, our wedding completes our relationship: we celebrate our love and the love of our family and friends. However, our wedding wouldn’t be complete without your wonderful bridal salon… ”I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me.”This beautiful verse is written in golden Hebrew characters above the mirror in CFI Bridal Salon, where I found my perfect match: the perfect wedding gown, accompanied with compelling veil and jewelry. It was love at first sight: this beautiful white classy gown was the first dress I have tried on. For a moment I felt like a movie star in Hollywood’s golden era.    It is very rare that everything just falls into place, like a harmonious melody. I cannot thank you enough, all the wonderful people who contribute to the beautiful Bridal Salon. I had the wedding of my dream wearing the gown of my dreams.    All the best, Talya

Bridal Salon Garment Donations Criteria.
We request that garments intended to be donated fit within some necessary requirements. All garments, without exception, must be Modern - Professionally Cleaned - In Extremely Good Condition. 
The CFI Bridal Salon has a professional presentation. Therefore, for the garments to be an immediate and ongoing blessing here, they must be of good quality, without stains, tears, pulls and all the closures (zips, buttons etc.) in good working order.


For a more detailed list of current needs at the Bridal Salon, donation criteria or if you have any questions regarding the garments you wish to donate, please contact us to our bridal email address provided below. All financial contributions are also welcome to help us offset our salon expenses. We truly appreciate your desire to partner with us and to extend your love to the brides, grooms and families in Israel.


Thank you for your support of our Bridal Salon.

Contact Bridal Salon at bridal@cfijerusalem.org

Donate to: Bridal Salon

Project Update by Tiina Karkkainen

Shalom friends!

Our CFI Bridal Salon was in quarantine almost two months. Now we are able to serve future brides and grooms one at a time, without any relatives or friends that usually come with them to help to make the best choice. There have already been phone calls. Some clients are already on their way.

One girl came to have a look. She did not find the dress she was looking for, but she promised to come back.

We have beautiful veils, headpieces, jewels and shoes that she wants to choose after she has found her dress.

One girl contacted us just after the lock down began in the beginning of April. She needed something white to wear, because her wedding was going to be in couple of days. I did not know what to do. I really wanted to help her. I was ready to go to the Bridal salon by myself and get a dress for her. Fortunately I didn’t have to do it at that critical moment. The bride-to-be called me back and said that her friend had given her a dress. I wished her happy wedding and God’s blessings.

The Corona instructions have changed many wedding plans all over the world. I can imagine that especially for some young girls it has been almost a tragedy. In Israel you could have a wedding ceremony even during the worst lock down period, but only with a couple of witnesses keeping a distance of two meters from each other. The bride and the groom could be closer to each other, of course. It has been a real test and a place of humility for future families.

Some of the couples are having their wedding in two parts now. First there is the ceremony with a few people and after the period of the restrictions they will do the celebration with all family members and friends. Nobody knows yet, when those celebrations will take place…

Let us pray that The God of Israel will bless every new family that has been born during this unusual time of many limitations. Maybe for some young people this situation has been even a blessing. They have saved a lot of money by having only small weddings this spring.

Thank you for supporting our project “Bridal Salon” with your prayers and donations.

We will keep going. God bless you!