See how this New Orleans community helped these brides after gowns vanished

Nhi Ashburn was one of a dozen brides who lost their wedding gowns when a suburban New Orleans bridal shop abruptly shut down on Sept. 20. But by the end of the week, the Crescent City came to the rescue with open hearts — and closets. When Samantha Capone, a local wedding planner, heard about the nuptial nightmare, she called up her two colleagues and quickly organized a dress swap for that Sunday at a New Orleans store. Word quickly spread and soon more than 200 wedding dresses, veils, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses were donated for the event. They also helped to alter dresses that had already been purchased.

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