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Bushfire bride's wedding saved by kindness of strangers

UPDATE: Alicen Thrift - now Mrs Alicen Basic - married Christian Basic at Wentworth Falls on Saturday, their 11th anniversary. The couple shared some beautiful photos from their big day with local media:

Bride-to-be Alicen Thrift lost her wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses and tuxes when the NSW bushfires destroyed her parents home in Springwood yesterday.

She was supposed to marry tomorrow and was convinced the wedding was a write off.

"We were at the point where we were going to get married in jeans and a T-shirt," she confesses.

But when Fitzy and Wippa from Nova FM heard about her plight they promised to help make the wedding happen.

When bridal store owner Monique Boersma heard about Ali's plight on the radio, she didn't hesitate to track her down and give her a new gown.

"I got in the car to drive to work with my daughter, who always likes to listen to Nova so she insisted on putting it on," she said.

"The first thing we heard when we pulled out of the driveway was a caller whose parents' home was burned down in the bushfires along with all of their outfits.

"It seemed like I was meant to call."

Ali (pictured above) drove to Monique's Roseville bridal store, Peter Trends Bridal, earlier this afternoon and chose a one-shouldered embroidered lace wedding gown from Spanish designer Fara Sposa, complete with veil and jewellery.

"She is all sorted and will be beautiful... one less stress now she has a dress ...our pleasure," wrote Monique on the Peter Trends Facebook page afterwards.

TheMensShop.com.au donated suits for the groom and all the groomsmen and Hart Fashion at Westfield Penrith provided gowns for the three bridesmaids.

"It was good that they put the call out and within an hour, everything was sorted," Monique added. "It's nice that when people need a bit of help that Sydney can get together and help somebody out."

Ali added: "I can't believe everyone's generosity. I can't think you enough, it's all I can offer at the moment."

Best wishes to the happy couple from the iVillage team - have a beautiful day Ali!

Do you have a bushfire story to tell? 

The Red Cross is today asking for donations for bushfire relief. You can find out more information and donate here.

The Salvation Army is asking for clothes and other items for families who have lost everything. Find your nearest drop-off point here.

Families who need emergency shelter for pets can contact Guard Dog Training Centre.

A hotline has been set up for those needing information on 1800 227 228. You can also follow Twitter at #bushfires.

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