Adorned in Grace
Raising awareness and funds for the prevention of human trafficking and support for its victims
Adorned in Grace Bridal and Formalwear Shop sells new and gently used wedding gowns, formals, petticoats, veils, and accessories. All proceeds are used to promote awareness and prevention of sex trafficking as well as restoration for trafficking victims.
Truly a community effort, the store is staffed with volunteers, and has received monetary and in-kind support from many local individuals, businesses, and generous brides who donate their gowns.
The Fred Meyer Corporation has provided a 2,800 sq. ft retail space rent-free and all of the items sold have been donated. The proceeds from every sale are be used to combat the problem of sex trafficking in our city.
What you will find at our store
At Adorned in Grace Bridal and Formalwear Shops, you will find hundreds of wedding and formal gowns. Some have been donated new, and others have been worn, usually for one day. The shop carries designer to vintage and everything in between. Prices vary but start at $99 so brides on any budget can find the dress of their dreams. Don’t find the particular size or style you were looking for? We receive new donations daily, so make sure to stop back in a week or two and be amazed at what you find! There are many dresses suitable for other formal occasions such as bridal party/bridesmaid, special events, performance, prom, or theater. We also carry veils, headpieces, petticoats, shoes, accessories, and other wedding items.
No appointment needed…
but if you intend to try on dresses, we recommend you arrive at least an hour before closing. To make the most of your experience, you may wish to come prepared with an appropriate undergarment (Adorned in Grace carries some strapless bras/bustiers) and shoes of the height you plan to wear. Don’t forget your camera! We are able to put you in contact with qualified seamstresses to help you with your alteration needs.
The Story of Adorned in Grace
On her very first day of “freedom,” one survivor was radically transformed by the love of Christ. Four and half years later, after living with one of Compassion Connects’ founding families, she was engaged to the man of her dreams and needed not simply a dress, but an entire wedding celebration.
The church family rallied to create a beautiful wedding chapel out of their rented gymnasium/worship center by repurposing used wedding gowns into wedding decorations. Basketball hoops were lovingly adorned with cascading tulle. Folding tables were gracefully rippled with silk and lace. Volleyball poles were creatively transformed into royal entryways by beaded, satin trains.
It was an incredible ceremony.
After hearing this survivor’s story and learning about Compassion Connect’s vision for uniting churches to bring the love of Christ to their communities, donors came forward with over 400 used and new wedding dresses to be used as Compassion Connect saw need. Simultaneously, a co-founder of Compassion Connect was asked to serve on the Board of an organization committed to providing support and shelter for victims of trafficking. It became obvious: the “gifts” (i.e., all those wedding dresses being stored in our spare bedrooms) were given for the purpose of raising money and awareness for the prevention of exploitation and the restoration of victims.
Since that beginning, we have seen the impact of those first few hundred wedding dresses multiplied in ways we never could have imagined. Now, with two shops and an incredible network of volunteers, donors, and sister organizations, we have been privileged to see how even just one dress can truly change a life. Click here to read about the journey to Raleigh Hills and our wonderful volunteer staff!
Adorned in Grace Bridal Shop Raleigh Hills
4949 SW 76th Avenue
Portland, OR 97225
Raleigh Hills Phone: 971-217-7001
Hours: Tuesday thru Friday 1 – 5 pm / Saturday 10 am – 5 pm