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Sudden Bridal Shut Down Creates Dress Disaster

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Alfred Angelo, a national bridal retailer abruptly closing its doors, forever, on Friday.  Its leaving brides-to-be dress-less at the altar due to company bankruptcy. And turning one Moreno Valley woman's happily ever after, upside down.

"We actually met in 5th grade, we've been together ever since," said Jessica Gerrad-Hedlund. "We actually got engaged on our 9 year anniversary, Gary had it all planned out because he wanted to get married on our 10 year anniversary. To be honest, I planned for the wedding dress before I was engaged. I shopped at Alfred Angelo."

This bride got to wear her dress on her big day.

"It was a Disney collection, Cinderella dress. And it was like my dream gown. And I loved it. And I obsessed over it. And I wore it. And it was beautiful," recalled Gerrad-Hedlund.

Now a wife and mother- to-be, she went to Alfred Angelo in Riverside to have the dress preserved in celebration of her third wedding anniversary.

"They took my dress and they took my money and they told me it would be preserved and this kind of fiasco fell apart," explained Gerrad-Hedlund. "I'm trying my best to kind of keep it together. "I'm stressed out and any stress that i feel is really bad for my baby but its just so heartbreaking because I love my dress and I don't know if I'll ever be able to see it again."

When KMIR News attempted to contact Alfred Angelo, the number had been disconnected.

Its wedding bells to wedding hell across the nation.

"I ordered my dress not that long ago and they took my money knowing they were going to close, " said Texas bride-to-be, Venus Yanes.  "My sister gave me one-thousand dollars as a wedding gift and now I'm out one-thousand dollars," echoed Nevada bride-to-be, Claudia Mungia.

But, one Indio bridal shop owner is here to help.

"I carried the Alfred Angelo line for 27 years," said Priscilla Luna, owner of Together Forever Wedding Boutique. She has about 25 Alfred Angelo gowns in stock that she is shipping to desperate bride across America. Luna stepped into help one local bridal party who lost their Alfredo Angelo bridesmaids dresses 2 months before the wedding.

"She (Luna) gave all of us a refund on the bridesmaids dresses and she also helped us with sizing for David's Bridal. We'll back for alterations when they come in," said Palm Springs bride-to-be, Jessica Green.

Together Forever Bridal Boutique is offering discounts to all brides and bridal parties impacted by the Alfred Angelo bankruptcy. 

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