New York City Woman Reunited with Wedding Dress Lost During Superstorm Sandy

Wedding Dress Lost in Hurricane Sandy Reunited with Owner
Michael and Nicole Pagliaro with South Beach Dry Cleaners owner Hector Pacheco and Pagliaro's wedding dress
Hilton Flores/Staten Island Advance/Landov

updated 07/29/2014 at 01:00 PM EDT

originally published 07/29/2014 11:55AM

When a New York City dry cleaners was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, the only item to survive was Nicole Pagliaro's wedding dress.

But her name was lost to owner Hector Pacheco, who reopened after more than a year and in a new location.

Pagliaro had brought the dress to him after her 2012 wedding. When the storm swamped and shuttered the Staten Island store, she assumed it was lost.

New York City Woman Reunited with Wedding Dress Lost During Superstorm Sandy| Weddings, Real People Stories

Nicole Pagliaro's wedding dress in the window of South Beach Dry Cleaners

Hilton Flores / Staten Island Advance / Landov

But two weeks ago, she took a different route to work and spotted it in the window of Pacheco's new store. She tells The Staten Island Advance she knew instantly it was her dress. She even still had the ticket for it.



Pagliaro wants her daughter – now 18 months old – to wear the dress on her wedding day.


New York City Woman Reunited with Wedding Dress Lost During Superstorm Sandy| Weddings, Real People Stories

Piper Perabo and Stephen Kay

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