CAMILLUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Two Central New York women are stepping up to save the day for brides impacted by Alfred Angelo Bridal closing its doors.
Bonnie, who requested NewsChannel 9 not use her last name, is offering brides the gown of their choice at no cost.
Bonnie owned a bridal store for about two decades before finally closing the doors in 2016.
The store had a soft-close, with no huge end clearance sale, that left her with a lot of remain stock once the doors closed for good.
Bonnie was going to sell the remaining stock online but decided to pay it forward and offer it for free to impacted Alfred Angelo brides.
The stock includes 150 gowns for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride, and flower girls, in addition to veils, headpieces, and tiaras.
“It’s unfortunate that the perfect dress disappears, but just like Cinderella’s perfect dress disappears her fairy godmother steps in and gave her something even greater for her day,” said Bonnie.
Impacted Alfred Angelo brides can contact Bonnie by email at BonniesFreeBridalGowns@hotmail.com and must include:
Copy of paid Alfred Angelo receipt
Once Alfred Angelo brides are helped, remaining gowns will be sold at low-cost with all proceeds donated to Wounded Warriors.
The second Central New Yorker offering a helping hand is Jessica Joanis in Camillus.
Friday is Joanis’s five year wedding anniversary and she tells NewsChannel 9 paying it forward feels like the best way to celebrate it.
“I felt like a princess and want somebody else to feel like a princess,” said Joanis.
Her dress is free to any Alfred Angelo bride that lost her gown in the closure.
The dress is a size six Alfred Angelo gown.
If you're interested you can email Joanis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 315-546-5430.
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