Kilee Manulak was only a week away from her wedding when her husband-to-be dropped a bomb on her.
Well, not so much of a bomb as a text message saying he didn’t want to marry her.
“I just kind of went numb,” the Florida woman told WFLA. “My maid of honor, my mom and all my friends just helped me… I was just so devastated.”
She did allow herself a few days to grieve, but afterward she decided to “get even” with her ex in her own way — by signing up with her bridesmaids for the Color Fun Fest in Tampa, Florida. The goal: to ruin their dresses.
Manulak loved her dress and wanted to keep it after her wedding, but since it didn’t happen — and it signified sadness — she wanted to get rid of it.
“I wanted to maybe alter it, or do something new to it,” she said of her post-wedding plans for the gorgeous gown. “But I definitely didn’t want to destroy it.”
This isn’t the first time a broken wedding has turned into something amazing. One Philadelphia man, Phil Laboon, turned his paid-for reception into a fundraiser for Surgicorps after he called off his 2014 wedding. “It makes it almost feel like it’s not the worst thing in the world that I had to cancel a wedding,” he told WTAE.
Manulak feels the same way about her broken wedding.
“I definitely want to tell him thank you for sparing me heartaches down the road, and thank you for letting me go so I can find true happiness,” Manulak said of what she wants her ex-fiancé to know now.