SARASOTA, FLA. -- On Monday, Sarasota Brides & Formalwear participated in Brides Across America's Operation Wedding Gown and tears of joy were flowing as seven military brides to be tried on and found their perfect wedding dresses for free.
“They are really excited to be able to have a wedding dress for free and we are really excited to be able to part of that and be able to give back to the people who give to our country,” said Diane Warmbier, Sarasota Brides managing partner.
It is the third year staff at Sarasota Brides & Formalwear participated in Operation Wedding Gown.
“It actually saved my wedding cause I have such a little tiny budget as it is, the fact that I can get a dress, my entire budget now has gone up,” said Jennifer McGregor. She is engaged to an Army National Guard soldier and it only took her a few tries before finding the perfect dress.
“I put one on and I was like eehh. I put this one on and I was like this is it,” she told ABC7.
“She came out with this one and I started crying and she started crying and we were like that is it,” said Pam McGregor, mother of the bride to be.
Shreeia Curry is active duty military serving in the Air Force. She also found her perfect dress rather quickly.
“I tried on one dress fell in love, tried on the second dress fell in love and it called my name, so it is the one,” said Curry. Her fiance is also active duty Air Force. The couple are planning to get married next June, but Curry plans to keep her dress under wraps until her wedding day.
“I took lots of pictures of course but I am going to keep them to myself so my fiance does see,” she says.
For the staff at Sarasota Brides, donating the wedding dresses was an easy way to thank the military and their families for their service and sacrifice.