When Alfred Angelo closed its doors earlier this month, hundreds of brides were left heartbroken and scrambling to find new dresses before the big day. Women had either put down deposits or paid in full for their perfect gowns, only to find out that when they went to pick up their dresses, the doors had permanently closed—the ultimate wedding nightmare. But luckily there is still good in the world, and one woman is proving that by giving dozens of brides hope after this disaster.
Earlier this month, Rose Ellis, a seamstress from Tulsa, Oklahoma, stopped at the Alfred Angelo store in Oklahoma City to pick up dresses for altering when the manager said the store would be closing permanently at 6 p.m. after declaring bankruptcy.
Once she heard the news, Ellis decided to take home nearly 60 dresses from the Oklahoma City Alfred Angelo store and alter them on her own time. She called the brides who had bought the dresses, informing them that she had salvaged them from the store and would do the alterations by herself—all completely free of charge.
"They’re very excited that I have their dress and sorry that I’m going through all of this," Ellis told ABC News. "It’s not fair for me to charge them again, and I wouldn’t hold their dresses for ransom either. That’s crazy as well."
When bride-to-be Stephanie Huey found out about Ellis's act of kindness, she offered to help the seamstress reunite other brides with their dresses. Huey also had bridesmaids' dresses at Alfred Angelo waiting for alterations when the store closed. But after posting on Facebook about her dilemma, she was contacted by Ellis, who let her know that she had her dresses and would alter them herself.
As more brides learned about Ellis's work, they came together to create a GoFundMe for Ellis to help pay for her travel and other expenses.
"I really understand that when you own a business, every drop of your sweat has a price on it," said Huey. "This woman is just doing so much out of the goodness of her heart."
"My agenda is to make sure that all my brides I have come in contact with have that fabulous wedding day that they were expecting to have from the beginning," said Ellis.