A former Tennessee resident recently discovered that her 26-year-old wedding dress was switched with another woman's dress while being preserved at a Brentwood dry cleaner in the mid 1980s.
Kim Jones got married at Forest Hills Baptist Church in 1986. Following the wedding she had her dress cleaned and preserved in a box by White Way Cleaners in Brentwood.
After picking up the dress, Jones said she stored the box under her bed without opening it.
A few weeks ago, the now Georgia resident and her daughter, decided to open the box that contained her dress for the first time.
"We had just gotten back from a wedding in Chattanooga and Emily and I were feeling all sentimental and she said, 'Mama, let's go open that dress,'" Jones told Nashville's News 2 from her home in Acworth, Georgia.
Daughter Emily said she was excited to see her mom's wedding dress. However, that excitement soon disappeared when the pair discovered it was the wrong dress.
"I kind of opened it [and] there was a sweet little note with a bonnet and mom was like, 'I don't remember that being there,'" Emily recalled.
She continued, "I said, 'Mom, I have seen that dress a 1,000 times' and I said, 'I didn't know your wedding dress had long sleeves.' She said, 'It doesn't have long sleeves.'"
Kim said she quickly discovered the dress was not hers after she closely examined the claim number.
The claim number on Kim's slip and veil were marked with 47116, while the wedding dress was marked with the number 47216.
"We just stood there in shock," Kim said. "I couldn't really talk about it for a couple of days. It means a lot to me. Emily and me were having such a sweet sentimental moment before we realized it wasn't my dress, we were crying and missing my mom."
White Way Cleaners in Brentwood went out of business in the 1980s.
Kim said she has been unsuccessful in locating or determining the former owner's name. However, she remains hopeful she will get her wedding dress back.
"We've got some good dates and I think with [your] help and a lot of praying, we'll get that dress back," she told Nashville's News 2.
Kim added her dress was dropped off at the cleaners and picked up between December 7 and December 17, 1986.
Anyone who believes they have or know someone who could have Kim's dress can contact video journalist Jamey Tucker.