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The incredible story of this bride's 150-year-old wedding dress

Written by Katie Byrne, published 14th feb 2017

Brace yourselves: this is an amazing story, involving a missing wedding dress and a heartbroken bride.

Tess Newall married her love last summer (June, to be precise), and wore an utterly stunning lace wedding gown - made all the more precious by the fact the dress was a 150-year-old heirloom that had been worn by other women in her family.

Amazing, we know.

A few months after the wedding, the bride sent her wedding dress to a specially-selected drycleaners. However, when Tess inquired when she could expect her dress back, she discovered the store had closed down, and that the precious frock been sold.

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The story continues: a heartbroken Tess shared a post on Facebook last week, begging for help to reunite her with the wedding dress.

The emotional status read: "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. 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 realise 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".

The plea received over 300,000 shares on Facebook, as well as over 48,000 likes and an incredible 43k+ comments - as well as receiving coverage across endless websites and news outlets.

And then - the story gets even better.

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Over the weekend, Tess updated the post, writing: "THE DRESS HAS BEEN FOUND! We received a phone call from the very kind landlord of the property 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. My mum and dad have just been let into the shop and to their amazement and joy it is our dress! (Despite W&B repeatedly stating in letters that it wasn't there and was "disposed of" or "auctioned off") Frustratingly - a representative of Wylie & Bisset who showed up after weeks of ignoring our pleas to let us in insisted that for "procedural reasons” he must take it back to his office in Glasgow, but assure us it will be delivered safely back to us on Monday... My family can't thank you all enough for creating this frenzy which allowed us in before it was too late, and are over the moon to be *almost* reunited with Dora's dress".

The dress was safely returned to an over-the-moon Tess yesterday afternoon - reminding us exactly how much we adore a happy ending.

Image: Facebook/Tess Newall

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