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Some brides left scrambling for wedding dresses after Ottawa bridal shop files for bankruptcy

Dozens of brides-to-be may want to make sure their gowns are ready time for their special day, after a ByWard Market wedding dress shop filed for bankruptcy.

The windows of McCaffrey Haute Couture were empty on Tuesday morning, a day after owner David McCaffrey filed for bankruptcy.

Chantal Gingras, trustee with Ginsberg, Gingras and Associates, said about 50 wedding dresses for weddings in July and August are finished and ready for pick-up.

“We’ll be contacting the brides … we’ll be telling them how to pick up their dresses," she said. Those women can also contact the bankruptcy firm for more information.

However, five dresses – for weddings in late August and early September – are not finished. Those brides should contact their credit card companies, get their deposits refunded and scramble for a new gown almost a month and a half before they say "I do."

Gingras said the nine-year-old boutique shut down over a decrease in business. Last year, a mix of heavy construction on Sussex Drive and repairs on the National Capital Commission-owned building at 465 Sussex Drive kept shoppers from McCaffrey Haute Couture, she said.

McCaffrey will likely not return to the bridal gown business, she added.

McCaffrey also designed gowns for opera singers, including a recent wedding dress for the Opera Lyra's production of the Marriage of Figaro.

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