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Free gowns for military brides at Wedding Angels
Free gowns for military brides at Wedding Angels

ROSWELL, Ga. -- When Iraq War veteran Alissa returned to her hometown of Fargo, N.D. after fighting overseas, she was met with some surprising reactions.

"Ever since I left the military three years ago, I had been getting quite a bit of harassment in my town from people disagreeing with the war," she said.

But when Alissa heard of a special event happening in Roswell for engaged military women, she hopped in her car and drove all the way to Georgia.

"For me to see a company reach out their arms so graciously to those who served and those who endured the separation to those serving is nothing less than amazing," she said.

A few times a year, the popular bridal shop Wedding Angels teams up with Brides Across America to give away free designer wedding gowns to fiancĂ©es with ties to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The shop will donate dresses again on Monday, Nov. 14 and Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

With over 100 dresses given away in the last year, Wedding Angels employees are experts at matching military brides-to-be with their dream dresses at no charge.

"We are so grateful for the servicemen and women who are showing their commitment to our country," said Jacqueline Westney, owner of Wedding Angels. "There is no better way to thank them than to help them celebrate their wedding."

In order to qualify, a woman must be engaged; brides who held civil ceremonies and are planning weddings for the next 18 months are also eligible to participate. The bride-to-be and/or her fiancé must have been deployed within the past five years to Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Bahrain, Libya or Japan.

All participants must produce military IDs or copies of deployment papers. Gowns are given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alissa, the military bride-to-be from North Dakota, is grateful for such a charitable cause.

"Thank you for helping those who served," she said. "From the bottom of my heart, thank you!"

Wedding Angels is located at 395 South Atlanta Street in historic Roswell. For more information about the gown giveaway, call the shop at 770-645-0404.