Mary Larner-Pardy received a shock when she went to try on her wedding dress for the first time in three decades.
The Newfoundland woman had stored her dress in a box and hadn’t taken it out until recently when she wanted to put it on for her daughters, according to CBC News. But the dress she found when she opened the box was not hers.
“It was a beautiful gown, but it wasn’t my dress,” she told CBC.
“My heart sank to start with. Because here I was, excited, I mean, it was my 30th [anniversary], probably lost a little weight, might be able to just try it on and show my daughters, but to no avail.”
Larnery-Pardy got married to her husband in 1989. She said her dress had long sleeves and a high neckline. She said the dress she had stored had a lot of different details and couldn’t possibly be hers.
She thinks the mixup must have happened when she had her dress preserved through heirlooming at a dry cleaner.
“When I picked up my dress, it was in a box with no window in it at all, it was inside a plastic bag, and every seam and anything that was opened was taped on the box, and then the plastic that it was in was taped as well,” she told CBC.
“I remember saying, ‘Well, how do you know it’s your dress in the box?’ And the answer was, ‘Well, you could always open it,’ but then you’d be breaking the seal.”
She decided against opening the box to make sure it remained sealed.
When she recently discovered the mixup, she contacted the dry cleaner. While it was still in business, a fire had destroyed all of its previous records.
Larnery-Pardy figures there is a strong likelihood that her dress is still on Newfoundland and that its only a matter of time before the owner of the swapped dress opens it up.
“I’d strongly recommend that they have a peek at what’s in that box, just to verify that it is their dress,” she said. “And who knows, maybe they have mine, I may have their dress.”