Wedding nightmare averted

Seven On Your Side
September 3, 2008 4:09:06 PM PDT
The wedding day was getting closer and the young bride did not have her wedding dress. Where was her special dress worth thousands? It was with a tailor who was getting harder and harder to reach. 7 On Your Side's Tappy Phillips spoke to the bride-to-be Alis Veloz, "I was so excited to see my dress."

But the dress was almost lost. She had taken it to a tailor to be fitted last June. She says she was supposed to come back for a second fitting 2 weeks later, but the tailor kept delaying.

"He just kept pushing it (the delivery date) and pushing it and pushing," Alis said.

The September 21st wedding was getting close. So she went back to the tailor's office and got a shock.

"When I opened the door, it was totally empty, not a paper clip, not a piece of paper. So, I just started crying like crazy," Alis said.

And Alis says calls to him were going straight to voice mail, "I couldn't stop crying. He finally picked up his phone that day and he said 'Okay, I have your dress it's ready.'"

But the tailor never showed up. And Alis started to panic, "I'm like, that's it. I'm never gonna see my dress again."

Then, Alis called for 7 On Your Side.

The tailor did not come to the door when we went to his house, but we did reach him by phone. And after we spoke to him he agreed to finally hand over the dress over to Alis. But, apparently, no work had been done on it and the big day was approaching.

Next stop, wedding dress giant, Kleinfeld.

Mara Urshel, Kleinfeld's owner said, "September 21 wedding? That's no problem for us."

Kleinfeld agreed to do all the alterations, free of charge. "It makes us feel really wonderful that we can help somebody out who didn't have the opportunity to have it done," said Mara Urshel.

Mara says the dress will be fitted properly and ready for Alis' big day.

"Thank you, thank you so much. I am so happy." said Alis.

Alis had given the tailor more than $400, which he also promised to refund to her. So far that hasn't happened.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Tappy Phillips
WEB PRODUCED BY: Steve Livingstone