Columbia (WACH) - "He got me a heart donut that was pink, my favorite color, and he put the ring in it. And I came home and he showed me the donut and he got down on one knee and he was like 'Will you marry me?' " recalls Ashley Dombrowski.
Ashley was elated to get engaged to JW, her boyfriend of two years. She quickly went and picked out her wedding dress at Bella Vista bridal boutique.
But that elation quickly turned to dread.
That's because in August of this year, Ashley received a letter from Bella Vista stating the company had made the decision to close the doors of its physical location here in Columbia, but assuring every bride that they would receive their dress as planned. The letter concludes by stating that "If drama is not created, then obviously, drama won't happen."
Ashley's first thoughts went to her parents, who had paid good money for what she thought was the dress of her dreams.
"I felt guilty because I was the one that chose to go there. And I was the one that chose that and I felt like maybe it was my fault." says Ashley.
Thankfully, David's Bridal stepped in to help the brides who had been affected by Bella Vista's sudden closing and who could bring in a receipt showing they had tried to purchase a gown at Bella Vista.
"We at David's Bridal are offering 40% off the original ticket price for all gowns, excluding White by Vera Wang. This includes our bridesmaid's dresses, mother of the bride dresses and all accessories." explains Bridgette Suber at David's Bridal.
So now Ashley has a gown she loves from David's Bridal.
"The dress that I found here definitely fits the bill. It's elegant, it's bridal, it's...it almost makes it a complete picture." states Ashley.