Life Offbeat

By Hannah Phillips


This bride refused to exile her wedding dress to the back of the wardrobe – so wore it to complete a COLOUR RUN instead.

After Natale McDonald, 38, decided she didn’t want to wear her dream dress just the once, she decided to turn the £1,600 gown into a piece of artwork in memory of her grandmother by wearing it to run through clouds of paint on a beach in her hometown of Blackpool, Lancs.

The mum-of-four married her husband Warren, 37, in 2017 and her beloved beaded oyster satin and toile strapless gown had been gathering dust in her bedroom ever since.



Florist Natale said: “The gown had been at my house, hanging there waiting for something to happen.

“It was my dream dress, as soon as I put it on, I started crying. I’d tried about 20 dresses on and this was the last one.

“It wasn’t what I wanted at all, I thought I was going to go for a 50s style dress but as soon as I put it on, I felt like a princess.

“The dress was so heavy to run in but I loved every minute of it. I have no regrets about doing it.”

Natale completed the 3km (1.8 mile) race in June alongside her daughters, Kealy, 13, and Eleanor, eight, with husband, Warren, cheering her on from the sidelines.



The event was organised to raise money for Blackpool’s Trinity Hospice, who had taken care of Natale’s grandmother, Marie, in the last weeks of her life before she died in September 2017 aged 74.

Natale now plans to frame her new multicoloured dress and hang it at the top of her stairs like a piece of artwork to commemorate her grandmother.




She said: “My grandma was an artist all her life, she’d been drawing since she was 16 until her last days.

“I wanted to turn my dress into a piece of artwork for her so I thought I’d do the colour splash and also raise money for the hospice that looked after her and made her feel safe in her last few weeks.

“Lots of people couldn’t believe what I was doing but my family understood.”

Unfortunately, Natale’s grandmother passed away before her big day and didn’t get to see her in her dress.

Natale, who is also mum to Junior, 16, and 13-year-old Elliott, added: “If she could have seen me on that colour run she would have absolutely loved it.

“The dress was special anyway but now it has even more meaning now, and it looks amazing with all the colours.”