Michael and Nicole Pagliaro with South Beach Dry Cleaners owner Hector Pacheco and Pagliaro's wedding dress
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07/29/2014 AT 01:00 PM EDT
07/29/2014 AT 11:55 AM EDT
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.
Nicole Pagliaro's wedding dress in the window of South Beach Dry Cleaners
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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.
Piper Perabo and Stephen Kay
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