Brides-to-be offered free wedding gowns after dress chain closes

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Brides are stepping up to help brides-to-be after the sudden bankruptcy of a national bridal dress chain left many without wedding dresses.

Women are using the hashtags #AlfredAngelo and #dressmatchmaker to find strangers who may have purchased wedding gowns from Alfred Angelo Bridal, the chain that suddenly closed its stores last week after nearly 80 years in business.

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"We will post additional information regarding the status of pending orders on this website as it becomes available or otherwise contact you as we receive more information regarding your purchase," reads the statement, in part, on Alfred Angelo's website. "We apologize for the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event. We appreciate your patience. Thank you."

Amber McGraw, 27, said she paid $995 to purchase her wedding dress and accessories at an Alfred Angelo store near Columbus, Ohio, the same week the chain declared bankruptcy.

McGraw, a student who is also in the National Guard, took to Twitter to express her shock and fear that she wouldn't have a dress for her September wedding to Derek Pack.

"When the news first broke I panicked because we've been engaged for seven years and I've been saving up this whole time," McGraw told ABC News. "Not only am I out my wedding dress, but I'm out almost $1,000."

"I had about 25 gowns in my basement getting ready to ship off to this organization," Porter, a mother of two, told ABC News. "I had five dresses that happened to be in Amber's size and so I offered them to her."

Pryor sent photos of the dresses over Facebook to McGraw, who chose an Ian Stuart gown and veil that Pryor estimates would retail for over $7,500.

"I just knew that's my dress," McGraw said. "It's the kind of dress you rip the pages out of the magazine for."

She added, "I've got a Cinderella story. That's for sure."

Porter mailed the dress and accessories to McGraw on Monday.

"Truly, I dropped the box off at Fed Ex and my heart was full," she said.

Cassandra Duck wore a dress she purchased from Alfred Angelo at her wedding three years ago. When the 33-year-old from Malden, Mass., saw the chain had closed, she immediately posted an offer on Twitter to donate her dress to any bride-to-be in need.

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