METAIRIE – A steady stream of brides-to-be beat a path to Linda Lee Bridal’s door Thursday morning.
The sign on the door said that “due to a family emergency, the Metairie boutique is closed until further notice.”
Customers like Tracie Travis are upset – and worried, about the status of their wedding gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses.
MORE: Dress swap planned for those in need and those willing to donate dresses
“I can’t be happy,” she said. “I can’t be excited for my wedding day, because I don’t have one of the most important things on a day a girl should have everything – a wedding dress.”
“My wedding is November 5, and it’s already crazy planning a wedding and it’s stressful and this was the least of my concerns,” said Ariel Young. “Now I’m just all over the place.”
By mid-morning, more than a dozen women filled the Veterans Boulevard parking lot in front of the shop.
Danaiga Darensburg lost her job at Linda Lee when the shop closed. To make matters worse, she said her last paycheck bounced. Darensburg is getting married this weekend. She managed to leave the store with her bridesmaids’ dresses, but they still need alterations.
“I'm supposed to be the one sitting and enjoying her week and I can't do that because I'm stressed,” she said. “Not only for my wedding, for my brides who are calling me nonstop.”
Eyewitness news went to the Kenner home of Dina Ippolito, the store’s owner. No one answered the door.
“Whatever is going on with them, they need to figure it out and let these girls know just some kind of answer,” said Travis.
In the interim, a social media push in reaction to WWL-TV’s initial story Wednesday night has led to a ‘dress swap’ this weekend. Those who wish to drop off or donate a dress can do so on Saturday. Those in need of a dress can shop on Sunday.
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