RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- When bridal shop Alfred Angelo shut its doors unexpectedly last month, brides across the country were left without dresses and without the thousands they paid for them.
"I can't even describe it, it was just so devastating,” local bride Gina Sparacino said. "I fell in love with the Disney Cinderella dress from Alfred Angelo, and that's the one I ended up picking for my wedding.”
Sparacino’s dreams of her perfect dress were dashed weeks later when she heard the news, and now, searching for a new dress has become a nightmare.
"I'm thinking about how perfect that dress was and how much I loved it, and you know the way it fit me was perfect and I remember my mom and I crying when I put it on," Sparacino said.
Sparacino is getting married at the Tahoe Biltmore, and when the Biltmore’s Communications Manager, Jaimie-Lee Jurgensen, heard about the situation, she immediately got involved.
"There are tons of brides out there who are scared and are stressed and we just wanted to help out,” Jurgensen said. She immediately began work on an event to give brides that second chance at their dream dress, with a break on the price.
Four local bridal shops volunteered to participate in the Tahoe Biltmore’s Bridal Gown Bailout August 19. Together, they will bring more than a thousand dress options, and will offer a sizeable discount to Alfred Angelo brides.
One of the shops, The Boulevard of Dreams, is even giving a discount on custom dresses.
"You can show me a picture of you in a dress, or even four dresses that you want me to combine together, and we can make it happen in 45-60 days," The Boulevard of Dreams owner Kaci Torissi said, meaning brides will still be able to find dresses similar to the original, but far cheaper and one-of-a-kind.
The Tahoe Biltmore is trying to make this experience fun too.
"We are just looking to turn that stress into a little bit of fun, we've got our free drinks, we've got tons of gowns to try on, free raffles to try and take off some of the stress in other departments, flowers, photography, all sorts of great fun stuff,” Jurgensen said.
Brides like Sparacino could not be more grateful for the support of these bridal shops and the Tahoe Biltmore, but at the end of the day, that dream dress is hard to forget.
"I'll find another dress, but I think I'll still be thinking about that one for a long time," Sparacino said.
For event information, click here.
All brides are welcome to attend the event and find their dream dresses at discount; it is not exclusive to Alfred Angelo brides.
The four shops participating are De Ja Vu Bridal, Timeless Fashion, The Boulevard of Dreams, and It’s a Girl Thang.