Bride scrambles to salvage wedding plans

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CHICAGO, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A Chicago bride-to-be lost her wedding gown, bridesmaids' dresses and a place to have the rehearsal dinner -- all in the space of three days, she says.

On Nov. 15 Melissa Conley learned the restaurant chosen for the dinner, Harry Caray's Tavern -- selected because of her fiance Brian Orefice's love of sports -- had abruptly closed.


The following day she learned eight bridesmaids' dresses were missing from the store from which they had been ordered, the Chicago Tribune reported.

And on the third day, her two wedding gowns -- one for the ceremony and one for the reception -- were destroyed when a fire broke out in Eva's Bridals of Oak Lawn.

Conley, 32, was overwhelmed.

"You dream of what you're going to look like" on your wedding day, she told the newspaper Saturday.

But she rallied and quickly worked to find a new dress, track down the missing bridesmaids' dresses and think about a venue for the rehearsal dinner.

Benchwarmers, the new restaurant that took over at the Harry Caray's Tavern location, told Conley it would honor all events that had been booked at the tavern.


Conley is now philosophical about the events.

"At this point, it's kind of comical all these things that have happened literally a day apart," she said.

"A few days later, you kind of laugh about the stories you're going to tell your kids."

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