Kathleen Rinaldi, due to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary this September, was shocked to open the sealed box which she thought contained her wedding dress, only to realise that the gown inside was not hers.
Mrs Rinaldi had planned to alter her wedding dress to create a new outfit for her vow renewal ceremony. The mix up was spotted when she asked her daughter Angelina to try on the garment and realised that something was amiss as she zipped up the back.
She commented: “My dress did not zip up, it had buttons. I ran and got the wedding album and saw that the dress looked nothing like mine except that it had a v-neck front… I was so heartbroken when I pulled out the dress and realised they had given me the wrong one”.
25 years ago, Ms Rinaldi’s sister-in-law had taken the dress to a cleaner to have it sealed, which is when the mix up is likely to have occurred.
Kathleen Rinaldi is married to Robert Rinaldi, owner of Rinaldi’s Italian Specialties in Longmeadow. She hopes to return the gown to its original owner.