Project helps military brides find dresses

July 13, 2010 (BARRINGTON, Ill.)

A national program called Brides Across America is helping relieve some of that stress.

Rebecca Shae is engaged to be married to a marine stationed in Afghanistan. She is having a difficult time choosing from all the beautiful wedding gowns being given to military brides for free from A L'Amour bridal boutique in Barrington Tuesday as part of the Brides Across America program.

Katlynn Pratt of Spring Grove tried on a number of wedding gowns with her mom and her best friend at her side.

In December, she plans to marry Private First Class Mason Hoy, now in Afghanistan. The bridal shop has answered her prayers.

"It's great what they are doing, and it helps a lot because there's so much stress with planning a wedding," said Pratt.

"What they are doing here is absolutely amazing," said Katlynn's mother Cindy. "It is a dream come through for her."

The bridal shop is providing sample and overstock gowns that range between $1,000 to $3,000 to military brides who can prove their potential spouses have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

My son's in the military, and the military is a big family, and they go through a lot to support us and to service us, and to sacrifice for us, so it's the least i can do," said Carole Hood of A L'Amour Bridal Boutique.

Kristi Shacklee's wedding is a week away and her dress never came in. She tried on a number of dresses before finally selecting the one.

"These people have been very generous, to be able to fulfill her dreams and mine," said Shacklee's fiance, David Mitchell.

A L'Amour Bridal Boutqiue plans to make this an annual event.

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