WILLOWICK, Ohio — Feb 12, 2018, 2:41 PM ET

Wedding dress returned 32 years after dry cleaner mix-up


An Ohio woman had given up hope of seeing her wedding dress again after a dry cleaner mix-up three decades ago until her daughter's friend saw photos of the dress on Facebook.

Michelle Havrilla was nearly speechless after getting the dress back last week for the first time since her 1985 wedding.

Her dress was put in the wrong box by a now-defunct dry cleaner in Willowick and stored in another family's attic.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Ame Bartlebaugh found the dress on Feb. 4 when she went looking for her mother's wedding dress.

She posted about the mix-up on Facebook, and Havrilla was reunited with the dress within a day.

Bartlebaugh hopes social media will help her find her mom's dress before her own wedding next year.

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  • Mar

    No one said she received a dress. Perhaps the dry cleaner said “sorry, we can’t find it” and their insurance compensated her......

  • Verity Pendelton

    Should have posted a picture of the missing dress.

  • Canne

    So- what did Michele do with the dress *she* received in error?
    Did it fit the description of the one still missing?
    Most likely- she gave it away or threw it out never expecting the mix up to be straightened out!