Bar owner uses Facebook to reunite bride and dress

By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | September 2, 2011 | 6:45 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — So a bride walks into a bar ...

Except it was no joke to German newlywed Sandra Scharf when she entered the Rum Barrel Bar in Key West earlier this week looking for her wedding dress.

It ended happily, however, thanks to a bar owner who recovered the dress and alerted his Facebook friends.

Scharf and her husband were headed to the airport Tuesday with their 8-month-old twins when they discovered they'd left the dress on their car's roof. Returning to Key West, they searched without success until they came to the Rum Barrel. A waitress there told them she recalled seeing a Facebook posting from neighboring Island Dogs Bar about the lost dress.

Minutes later, the teary and grateful newlyweds were on their way — with the dress.