Military brides in Virginia Beach receive free dresses

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Several military brides in Virginia Beach got a step closer to their special day Sunday.

30 women visiting Ava Clara Bridal walked away with the gown of their dreams – absolutely free. The salon participates in the nationwide Brides Across America event. It gives brides in the military or marrying a service member the opportunity to try on and go home with a gown that might otherwise not be an option.

“Whether they might not have been able to afford it before, or have the wedding that they wanted to have, they now get the chance to do that,” said Ava Clara owner Alex Fleear. “It’s even more special to give something back to someone that’s truly deserving of it and we couldn’t be more appreciative.”

The event was just in time for Veterans Day. It has been going on since 2008.

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