FAIR OAKS (CBS13) – It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for brides who thought they lost their dream dresses after Alfred Angelo bridal shop shut its door abruptly.
But instead, thanks to a local bridal shop and the help of CBS13, they were given the good news.
“Oh my god, that is so pretty! Oh my god I’m so happy; thank you, God!” said Lea Pisarek of Auburn.
It’s a happy reunion more than a month in the making.
“I gave up on the dress, and I need to have a dress because I’m like eight months away,” she said.
Pisarek’s dreams were dashed, thinking her gown was a goner. She had ordered it from the Roseville Alfred Angelo bridal store that went out of business in July.
“I was very, very sad about that because two of my best friends like this dress and I love this dress,” she said.
But instead, it has been sitting unclaimed on a rack at Enchanted Bridal in Fair Oaks — just miles away from Alfred Angelo.
Enchanted Bridal owner Jennifer Baker Blackman was happy to see the dresses finally going to the future brides.
“I’m so relieved that these girls got their dresses and they were both so deserving,” said store owner Baker Blackman.
She rushed to the rescue when she heard dozens of brides to be were left without a dress, and snatched them up before they were lost in the bankruptcy.
“It was really hectic; some brides were calling from all over the state,” she said.
She was able to track down the owners of 10 gowns, but Lea’s and one other’s remained unclaimed until we called them with the news.
“I have your wedding dress,” said Jennifer McGraw.
“Oh my god!” Pisarek yelled.
Overwhelmed with joy, both Pisarek and the other bride came to claim their dresses right away.
It was a bad made better by a bridal shop owner who just wanted to save these women on their big day.
“It’s the best feeling. This is exactly why I did it. It’s the best,” Baker Blackman said.
And for the brides soon to be marrying their princes, it’s priceless.
“It’s my dream dress, and it’s here. I know it’s not worth a gazillion, but to me it is,” said Pisarek.
There are still five unclaimed bridesmaids dresses and a mother-of-the-bride dress from West Sacramento left at the shop.