Like many of their fellow Texans, one particular couple experienced unexpected heartbreak after losing everything to Hurricane Harvey in August.
The to-be-weds, Myrna Orozco and Stephen Gallos of Katy, Texas, lost their home and their most treasured possessions when Harvey made landfall on August 25, causing unexpected destruction to the Houston region. Among their belongings, which were completely submerged and ruined by floodwaters, was Orozco’s wedding gown which she had planned to wear on her wedding day.
The couple had originally purchased the beautiful Pnina Tornai piece from Kleinfeld’s annual sample sale during a visit to New York City this March. In the interim, the gown she chose was discontinued—a secondary heartbreak to everything else the couple had lost to the category 4 storm.
“I knew that I lost a lot of things, but that was definitely the thing that hit me the hardest because that was super special for me,” Orozco said Friday, October 20, on Good Morning America. During the segment, the bride was surprised with a replica version of her dream gown—the same discontinued dress by Pnina Tornai—and naturally, she got emotional on national television.
Kleinfeld shocked Orozco with the new gown, a dress featuring a strapless, corseted bodice and a large princess-style tulle skirt. “I’m very, very thankful to Kleinfeld, to everybody that helped,” the bride added. “I love this dress and I’m really excited to walk down the aisle with it.”
Kleinfeld’s publicist tells The Knot that the Pnina gown that Orozco had picked up in the Big Apple was recently discontinued, but the designer offered to make a special order for the bride. “At Kleinfeld, we make dress dreams come true every day but today was even more special,” the rep says. “We are dedicated to turning wishes into wedding dresses.”
The couple will marry next Saturday, October 28. “We had a lot of displacement, but everyone was safe,” the future groom concluded to GMA. “Our family’s safe and the most important thing is we can restart with the wedding that she deserves.”