Woman finds wedding dress after 9 years

Gown back in bride's hands

TAMPA, Fla. - Despite word her wedding dress had been found, Marie Keeney has reason to be skeptical Monday morning.

"I'll believe it when I see it," said Keeney.

For years she though it was preserved in a box. But when she opened it as part of a plan to renew vows with her husband Shawn, she discovered the dress wasn't hers.

"My dress doesn't button. My dress doesn't have bustles, my dress doesn't have bows," Keeney said last week as she held the wrong dress.

Keeney called ABC Action News for help and we answered. We did a story on her dress distress which led us to the Wedding Gown Preservation Company in New York.

They tracked the dress back to Tampa and Eagle Cleaners.

"So it was basically just…sitting back here for ten years," said Robin Fernald who works at Eagle.

With fingers crossed, Marie and Shawn went to the dry cleaners first thing Monday morning and eureka!

"It's my dress!" Marie said. Just as she remembered it from the backyard ceremony on November 13th, 2004.

 "I'm so happy! I can't believe I got it," she said.

There still seems to be differing views on where exactly the mix-up happened. But bottom line, Marie has her dress.

She never noticed she had the wrong one because through the window, they look the same.

That's why it's recommended  to include other wedding mementos in the box like an invitation and picture.

While Marie has her dress, that still leaves the wrong one she had. But Eagle Cleaners says it belongs to a woman named Catherine Stevenson.

"We will find her, my boss knows where she is," said Fernald.

With the gown recovered, Shawn and Marie say they'll renew their vows in November, ten years after they said, "I do" the first time.

And one thing Marie won't do is ever let that dress out of her sight again.
 

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