Military Brides Score Free Dresses

By Megan Tevrizian and Lindsay Hood
|  Monday, Jul 11, 2011  |  Updated 11:01 AM PDT
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A local retailer teamed up Monday with the charity Brides Across America to provide military couples the chance to have the wedding dress of their dreams.

Here Comes the Bride in Mission Valley opened their doors to military men and women who need to find that special dress to make their special day.

One-hundred wedding dresses and 40 bridesmaid dresses were available for the taking. The only requirement -- military ID and proof of deployment (the bride's or groom's) in the last five years to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya or Japan.

Store managers said they decided they wanted to give something back to the troops.

"We are very proud of our military and with San Diego having such a large military population, we decided that this would be a perfect way to give back and say thank you to our troops and their families," said store manager Rebecca Martinez.

People started lining up outside the store at 5:30 a.m. for the giveaway from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Each dress retails from $500 - $2000. Dress sizes ranged between 2 - 22. Several designers donated gowns to the event including Watters and Watters, Lazaro, Jim Hjelm, Maggie Sottero, Casa Blanca, and Paloma Blanca.

Here Comes the Bride is located at 2225 Camino Del Rio South.

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