Alfred Angelo brides find help in rival store after abrupt closing

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jul 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-15 14:58:09-04

ROSEVILLE, CA (KMAX/KOVR/CNN) - When a bridal shop closed without warning, dresses that were already bought and paid for were still in the store leaving some brides unable to get to them.

That's when the owner of a different bridal store stepped up to take in all of the already spoken-for dresses to ease some unneeded stress from anxious brides-to-be.

"We just decided let's take them," Jennifer Baker Blackman, owner of Enchanted Bridal, said.  "If we don't take them they're never going to get their dresses."

One such bride was Michelle Martin, who was a week away from getting married. Her dress was nearly trashed when Alfred Angelo closed its store without warning.

"I saw something on Facebook that the stories had closed, so of course I panicked," Martin said. "I heard some of the dresses were going to this Enchanted Bridal and I didn't know the person at all, and it was a huge group, so I thought I'll try that."

Blackman had Martin's dress, among others, but couldn't get all of the dresses for the affected brides. Blackman had a receipt for one woman who had paid Alfred Angelo more than $2,000 for a dress and veil, but the veil was the only thing she could rescue.

"The fact that they just ran business as usual until they just closed one day," Blackman said. "There's no way they didn't know about this, and to just treat your brides and your staff especially this way, I couldn't even imagine."

As important as the dress is, Martin said she hopes those who weren't as lucky have a happy ending no matter what.

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