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A bride is searching for her missing wedding dress from 17 years ago
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Susan Stephenson had her wedding dress sealed after she got married 17 years ago.

She opened the box that was supposed to contain her gown and discovered she had the wrong dress.

Stephenson has taken to social media to try to find her missing dress.

A woman is trying to track down her wedding dress after discovering she's had the wrong one for 17 years.

Ohio resident Susan Stephenson tied the knot in 2004, as she told Fox 19 Now. She told the outlet that she had her wedding dress sealed after the wedding to preserve it, as many brides do.

But recently, she said she discovered the dress she had been keeping safe wasn't her dress at all.

Stephenson opened the box that was supposed to contain her dress, and she found an entirely different dress, as pictures she shared with Insider demonstrate.

Stephenson's wedding gown had a scoop neck, short sleeves, and a simple skirt with a long train. However, the dress she found in the sealed box was strapless and covered in lace from head to toe.

A side-by-side of two different wedding dresses.

Susan Stephenson's dress on the left and the mystery dress on the right.

Susan Stephenson

When she realized she had the wrong dress, Stephenson first called the dry cleaners that sealed the dress 17 years ago, but they didn't have a record of cleaning the gown, according to Fox 19 Now.

So Stephenson decided to post about the dress on Facebook, hoping that someone would be able to connect her with the person who had her dress.

"For any bride, past or present, the wedding dress is not just a piece of material," Stephenson told Insider of why finding her wedding gown feels so important.

"The dress is a memory: memories of shopping with your mom and sister, memories of a monumental day in your life in which you felt you could conquer the world with your new husband, memories of being in love, memories of hope for the future and so on," Stephenson said.

"My main goal is to be reunited with my dress and to return the one I have to its rightful owners," she went on to say. "She may have a 16 or 17-year-old daughter by now who would like to wear it someday."

Stephenson had not found the dress at the time of writing.

You can email Stephenson at if you have any information about her wedding gown.

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