A woman who called off her wedding because of her daughter’s cancer diagnosis will not receive a refund for her dress
HOUSTON – It’s like a flashback to 2020.
Brides around the world have been forced to take a break, postpone or even cancel their big days.
But for Cruz Carrete, it was more than just an inconvenience, it came with his worst nightmare.
Brides yearn for that special moment when they find the perfect dress to get married.
“I was crying,” Carrette explained, “I put it on, and they put a veil on, and I started crying. That was the one.
“My budget was $2,000 and it was $1,999, and the veil was about $400.”
When she found “the one”, she realized that everything was getting very real and that she was soon to marry the love of her life. Carrete and her fiancé had been together for five years. Just over a year ago, her then-boyfriend proposed to her in the emergency parking lot when she was about to give birth to her second child. She was finally going to have the big day she had always dreamed of.
“I mean, as a little girl, you always wanted to get married, didn’t you? There is no doubt that you will get married, you will have children, you will have a family,” Carrete said.
But on Thursday, January 7, Katia Ajoku, Carrete’s daughter, fell at daycare. It was a moment that would soon change the trajectory of their lives.
The unthinkable happened.
In tears, Carrete explained how she felt in the moments when doctors explained that her daughter would have a long road ahead of her, “I mean, it’s devastating.”
After several weeks of continuous testing and doctor visits, Katia was diagnosed with Wilms stage 3 tumor on May 18, 2022.
She had a kidney removed, underwent radiation therapy and is now undergoing chemotherapy. So now what was supposed to be the happiest time of their lives is now the hardest and most terrifying.
“It’s something I didn’t expect, no one is planning for this, no one is expecting this.”
She is left with a dress that now serves as a reminder of the wedding that could have taken place as her daughter continues to fight for her life.
“I immediately called the boutique and told them that I was not getting married again as I couldn’t imagine having a wedding, the best day of my life, as she is going through this right now, she is my priority,” she added.
bridal brickhouse said they would help Carrete by telling their wives her dress was available and showing her resale sites. His receipt indicates no return, exchange or refund.
“They said, ‘We can give you more time to pick up and pay the balance. They also said I could give up the dress if I didn’t get married and lose the 60% I put on the dress which was over $1300. I couldn’t do that. That’s a lot of money,” Carrete explained. “That’s all they would do.”
So now her dress will continue to sit in her closet until or “if” her big day arrives.
“I’m still processing it,” she adds.
As for Katia, she has a long way to go.
“With her diagnosis, it’s not clear because she has genetic markers,” Carrete noted. “She will need follow-up care as there is a chance there will be a recurrence once she goes into remission.”
Their wedding venue said they had until 2023 to secure a date or they would forfeit their deposit.
Here are some resale shops to sell used or even new wedding dresses:
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