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Bride-to-be takes leap of faith to pay for wedding

Patricia Smith Patricia Smith

Most women dream about their wedding day from the time they're little girls.

A Nashville bride-to-be swallowed her pride and stepped out in faith when her dream was bigger than her wallet.

Pat's Hair Design sits off Nolensville Road, and inside, its namesake works hard to stay afloat.

"You know, sometimes it's good. Sometimes it's slow," said owner and bride Patricia Smith. "Financials have been a struggle."

Her love life, though, has not. Several years ago, at a concert downtown, Smith met her future husband.

"Why is he the one? Because I know God has sent him, because I was not looking for anyone," she said.

She got engaged in December, and her wedding is just eight weeks away.

"I just want one of those fairy tale weddings that when you're so much in love and you just want everything to just be perfect," Smith said.

She has the colors and the theme. But she needs cash.

"Business has been up and down," Smith said.

So this bride got creative.

She penned a personal letter, asking for donors to help meet her $10,000 goal. She addressed just 10 of them randomly then waited for a reply.

"In my heart, I know someone will just listen to me," she said.

So far, our news crew has been the only ones to call. One of our colleagues received the letter at home.

"When you just sit back and you don't do nothing that your mind or your heart is telling you to do, you never know," Smith said.

Undeterred, this bride seems willing to make the most of it, unashamed of her unconventional faith-filled fundraising and determined to build a dream day even if the dollars don't arrive.

"It's a risk to take," she said. "I'm happy that people are happy for me. So if I don't get my dream wedding, I will still be happy."

Smith's fiance recently lost his job with American Airlines, and she owes money to her wedding planner and the venue.

She refuses to lose hope. And that will serve her well long after her wedding day.

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