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Woman Cancels Wedding, Donates Venue To Couple She Never Met

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Ask any married couple, and the majority will say their wedding day was one of the best days of their lives.

Although some people may opt to elope, others spend months making sure every last detail is just how they imagined it to be.

But sometimes unexpected hijinks can pop up along the way, such as guests failing to respond to their RSVPs or the alterations on the wedding dress have yet to be completed.

However, some situations can be more dramatic than others, like when one Tyler, Texas woman decided to cancel her nuptials all together.

"I don't think it was a decision I had to make, it kind of just came natural."

Only a few weeks before her wedding, Kolbie Sanders, 24, decided to call off her engagement with her then-fiance.

However, the former bride-to-be realized she wouldn't get the money back, she resolved to do a random act of kindness.

Sanders decided to turn lemons into lemonade and decided to make the dreams of one bride and groom come true when she offered to give her wedding venue and decorations to them, free of charge.

With only 24 hours to find a replacement for her venue, Sanders took to Facebook to announce her plan.

"With my engagement ending, I’ve come to find tremendous peace in knowing that I did the right thing for the both of us. With that being said, now I want to do the right thing by others and let some good come out of this decision.

This is a long shot but since my wedding venue has been paid for in full already, I have decided to donate my venue valued at $3,500 to a couple to use for their wedding day!"

With more than 750 comments and 4,400 shares, Sanders decided to pick the lucky winner through a draw, in which she chose Halie Hipsher's name out of the bowl.

"I don't think it was a decision I had to make, it kind of just came natural," Sanders told Today hosts . "The second I knew it wasn't going to be my wedding anymore, I had asked the venue people if it could make this somebody else's wedding."

However, the ceremony came with a catch.

"I give credit to this amazing woman that has the biggest heart!"

Since the details of the wedding had already been set in stone, the nuptials were scheduled in only a matter of days, meaning Hipsher and her fiance Matthew Jones needed to act fast.

Although some people wouldn't be able to prepare for a wedding in only five days, Hipsher was thrilled with this unexpected blessing as it meant her grandfather Edwin Truett Hipsher would be able to attend.

Hipsher's grandfather had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and the couple feared he wouldn't make it to her ceremony, as their wedding was originally scheduled to take place next fall.

“I remember Halie telling me before that she wanted her Grandpa to see her get married," Jones said in an interview with KLTV.

"I didn’t think he was going to make my wedding,” Hipsher added. "And so to sit here and think that he’s going to be here, it’s unbelievable, honestly."

The blushing bride said she never would have known about Sanders' generous giveaway if her sister hadn't tagged her in the post.

"I was in shock," Hipsher said on Today. "As soon as my sister called me I was like, 'All right, this is real, this is my name.'"

"Your love and strength in life is beyond inspiring."

It make matters even better, local vendors even offered their services of free makeup, photography, and food.

"Went today to check out the venue!! It is so beautiful, and thank you so much for helping get a wedding coordinator to help out! Beyond grateful for everything!" Hipsher wrote on Facebook.

"And huge thank you for everyone that is donating things to make our huge day possible! And I give credit to this amazing woman that has the biggest heart! I will also make a post with everyone that has helped out!"

On October 20, the ceremony went off without a hitch, and Sanders was even in attendance for the newlyweds' big day.

"These 3 people are the reason why good things come from making good decisions in good faith.

This is why everyone should show acts of kindness to their neighbors, friends, family members, and especially complete strangers because you can end up changing the outcome of someone’s entire life when you stop caring about the outcome of your own.

So blessed to know the Hipsher/Jones family and beyond grateful to have been able to witness the best day of their lives. Your love and strength in life is beyond inspiring and I can’t wait continue to see your love grow."

In a statement to Today, Hipsher said her wedding day was more than she could have ever imaged.

"Throwing together everything on short notice was difficult but worked out. Walking down the aisle was breathtaking and I wouldn’t want to change one second of the day because it is all I [could've] dreamed of and more."

[H/T: Today, KLTV]

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