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METAIRIE, La. (WGNO) – About 20 customers of Linda Lee Bridal showed up outside the now shuttered business Thursday morning, seeking answers on why the bridal boutique closed without warning.

The brides, bridesmaids and others involved are now without dresses and other wedding items that were purchased from the store.

There’s a sign on the door that says the shop had to close, but other than that, brides have gotten no answers.

They say the owner of the boutique had an unexpected illness, but that explanation is not enough for the customers in limbo.

Daniaga Darrensburg, an employee at the bridal store, says she can’t get in touch with the owner, and noted that her paycheck bounced twice.

The now shuttered store is located at 3848 Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

There will be a wedding dress swap at Feet First on Magazine Street Sunday. Information about dropping off and picking up dresses can be found on the Facebook event page.