Tony Greene could not wait for her soul mate to get back from Iraq so that they could plan their dream wedding. She just never thought her dream dress would factor into the big day.
But thanks to Brides Across America, Greene will now be one of about 5,000 military brides to walk down the aisle in a gorgeous (and very expensive!) white wedding gown. Since 2007, the nonprofit has been doling out dresses to military couples, so long as the bride or the groom has deployed in the last five years.
“We wouldn’t have been able to afford it,” Greene told Fox News as she admired the dress she chose. “Not this.”
A number of bridal salons across the country hosted special shopping events for military brides on Sunday in honor of Veterans Day as a way to say “thanks.”
Roberta Rushing, owner of Sposabella –- a bridal shop in Pennsylvania –- booked nine appointments with military brides-to-be on Sunday, phillyburbs.com reports.
“When they (Brides Across America) approached us, we couldn’t say no,” Rushing told the news outlet. “They (veterans) sacrifice so much for us.”