Brides reunited with dresses after 10 years

Feb. 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM
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TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A Florida woman who unwrapped her wedding gown after nearly 10 years and discovered it was the wrong dress said her original gown has been returned to her.

Marie Keeney, 45, said she and her husband, Shawn, made plans to recreate their wedding for their ninth anniversary to allow their son, Braden, 8, to be a part of the ceremony, but the plans were put on hold when she unwrapped the dress preserved for her by Eagle Cleaners in Tampa and found the package contained the wrong dress, the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday.

"It made me cry," she said. "And I never cry."

Keeney said she discovered Eagle Cleaners had outsourced the work to Wedding Gown Preservation Co. in New York, but that's where the trail went cold. She contacted WFTS-TV, Tampa, for help, and the station was able to contact officials at the New York company and have Kenney's dress found and returned to her.

Keeney said the ceremony is back on, this time in November for the couple's 10th anniversary.

The story also had a second happy ending for Katherine Stephenson, whose dress was also dropped off at Eagle Cleaners about 10 years ago and ended up in Keeney's closet. Stephenson said she had discovered her dress was lost long ago and had since come to believe she would never see it again.

"Several people at that wedding are not with us anymore," Stephenson said. "It will be really nice to have something special from a time when they were all in our lives."

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