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"Operation Wedding Gown" to provide free wedding dresses to military brides

 Imagine planning your wedding, all while your significant other was overseas fighting for our country. It'd be a difficult task.

Now one local bridal shop is hoping to not only relieve a bit of that stress, but say thank you as well.

Brandi's Bridal Galleria in New Glarus has teamed up with Brides Across America, and they're on a mission.


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"We're giving away free bridal gowns to military brides, or whose fiancé is in the military."

It's called "Operation Wedding Gown."

Brandi Nehmer, the owner of Brandi's Bridal Galleria explains, "There's great dresses here that we're giving away. You know, some of them are upwards of almost $4,000 that we're giving away for free because we feel these brides deserve much more than what they're actually getting so we want to do all that we can do for them."

Last year, Nehmer was able to give away more than 20 gowns. This year, she's hoping that number grows.

"Some of these girls are saying, 'We appreciate it so much because we don't know when we can get married because he's deployed now, and I'm being deployed right after he gets back, so now I have a dress and we can just pull it off whenever.'"

A thank you for their sacrifices and service-- one happily ever after at a time.

"Just seeing their faces getting so excited," says Nehmer, "You know just trying on dresses, and the oooh's and ahhh's, and them walking out and us getting thank you letters in the mail of just how we made their wedding come true, and things like that, that's what makes it all worth it, for all the work that they do for us, we can give back to them."

"Operation Wedding Gown" will be taking place Friday, November 14th from 9 a.m. to noon, and Saturday, November 15th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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