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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Many brides are willing to sacrifice a lot of cash to buy the perfect wedding dress. But a local bridal shop thinks a certain group has sacrificed enough.
Each woman shares a similar story. Bride Yvonne Rieke says, "He has been gone 15 weeks tomorrow."
Another bride, Dominique Marion, tells WDRB News, "Deployments in general are just very very hard."
Bride Nicole Dobson says, "About a month after he gets back, we'll have the wedding."
They are brides-to-be whose fiances are or are about to be deployed overseas. But thanks to Rebecca's Wedding Boutique in St. Matthews, they aren't thinking about combat boots or camouflage.
As Marion puts it, "I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking, for just something that makes me feel beautiful." Many of the dresses are on sale for a great price already, $499 and $799, for example, but for this-one day sale those future military wives were getting those dresses for free.
As Zoe Davenport of Rebecca's Wedding Boutique explains, "It's a great cause, they're serving our country. It's the least we can do to give back and help their special day be more special."
Rebecca's participates in the national program called "Brides Across America," where the mission is to find military brides the perfect gown.
Davenport explains, "There are dresses that we have previously purchased and either just pulled off the rack to make room for new dresses that come in, or maybe that are discontinued. Some of them are donated by brides across America.
But it's not just about shopping -- it's also about connecting women who are going through the same trying circumstances.
Dobson says, "I want him to cry...I just cant wait to see the look on my fiance's face when he sees me walking down the isle in my beautiful wedding dress."
Boutique employees are touched, perhaps, the most. Davenport says, "It's great to see how thankful they all are just because you're giving them one thing."
Rebecca's holds the Military Wedding Dress giveaway twice a year around the 4th of July and Veterans Day.
And as long as there are brides who sacrifice for their country, so will the store.