Janice Guinan, a painter who lives in Bible Hill, recalls seeing Jillian Watson’s wedding dress in May of 2011 in the trees along the trails behind the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College.
Watson was married in October 2010 and was photographed during a ‘trash the dress’ session and left the dress, headpiece, train and veil behind.
In a story published in Monday’s Truro Daily News, Watson, who now lives in Hamilton, said she had wondered what became of the dress, which prompted a response from Guinan yesterday.
“My husband Dave, grandson Elijah and I were walking along the trail at the end of May 2011 and we saw this dress and a garment bag hanging from a tree,” Guinan said in an email to the Truro Daily News.
“We thought it seemed quite odd to say the least and wondered why it was there and whom had left it.”
She said she and her husband took Elijah to the park to play and decided to go for a walk along the trail.
“Elijah was running along just ahead of us and quickly stopped to look at the dress.”
Guinan said there were some employees of the agricultural college nearby picking up garbage and mowing grass, and the trio figured the workers would remove the dress.
“What happened after that, we don’t know,” she wrote. “It did create a rather eerie feel just blowing in the gentle breeze…certainly out of the ordinary.”
She said that feeling made her think about incorporating the dress into a painting and she ended up taking pictures of the dress.
“We never looked in the bag or disturbed the dress, just took a few pictures and continued on our way,” the email continued.
Guinan also sent an email to Watson, who was hoping to hear from anyone who found the dress.
Watson responded to her email with a laugh, and saying “that is fantastic.”
“That’s the kind of random story I was hoping to hear back,” Watson wrote.