Bride’s Heirloom Wedding Gown goes Missing

We have quite the scary tale for you today. Imagine your great-great-grandmother handcrafted her own wedding gown almost 150 years ago, like we’re talking back in 1870. Imagine that throughout the generations, this gown has been passed down to every daughter in the family to wear on their wedding day. Think of the immensity of that, how so many women before you wore this gown, literally stitched by your ancestors, the care, compassion and love that this dress represents. Now, imagine that you go to get that gown dry cleaned after wearing it for your own beautiful wedding only to return to the store to discover that it has been closed down for good. Slight heart attack right? Think of the heart shattering moment when you discover that the gown was sold off as part of the liquidation of this store’s closure with no notification or contact. Yeah. Well, this is a true story.

Tess Newall, a bride in Edinburgh experienced this horrific ordeal when the dry cleaner who was tasked with cleaning the heirloom gown suddenly shut down with no notice. Her parents went to pick up the dress only to be met with a sign on the door. After numerous attempts to contact the store owners they were told by officials that her gown was not with the other garments but was sold in a liquidation sale. Clearly devastated, this clever bride turned to the internet for help, and help they did! The post quickly went viral with over 300,000 shares and was picked up not only by local news channels but the BBC!

“I have just found out that the dry cleaners have lost my much loved wedding dress. It was made by my Great Great Granny in 1870 (I altered the top) and I wore it in June 2016. Kleen Cleaners in Edinburgh used to be the best but recently fell into crooked hands and have gone into liquidation,” Tess wrote on Facebook. “It seems that the dress was taken to be sold, so it could be winging its way anywhere. Please share this far and wide in case anyone stumbles across it! I realize there are far greater issues in the world but it means the world to us. More family memories need to be woven into its threads.”

Finally, the landlord of the store caught wind of the story and went to search the property. Lo and behold, he found the antique gown in a pile of lace discarded on the basement floor.

“We received a phone call from the very kind landlord of the shop property on who read about it through this amazing response. He checked what was left by the administrators Wylie & Bisset and found a crumpled heap of antique lace on the floor of the derelict basement. My mum and dad were finally let into the shop and to their amazement and joy it is our dress! (Despite W&B repeatedly stating in letters that it “was not inside” and had been “disposed of” or “auctioned off”)”

Funnily, the SAME day the landlord called the family they also received the letter above stating that, “it appears that your dress was NOT located with the wedding dresses within the store and as such was DISPOSED OF when the premises were cleared”. Well, clearly they didn’t look very hard now did they?

Can you imagine the relief this family must have felt? Sometimes the internet is a wonderful thing. Perhaps Tess will have a daughter and she can wear the dress once again, with another amazing story attached to it.

Lastly, shout out to the extremely talented Seth Baines for these beautiful photos. Do his images not make you long for an English countryside wedding? So stunning. Click here to see more of Tess’ wedding day.


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