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Kathryn's Bridal engages Operation Wedding Gown

Posted Jul 17 2012 2:19am


Her fiancé, Army Cpl. Joshua Smit, 22, recently returned from a year tour in Afghanistan, and currently is stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska.

They will be married July 20, 2013, in Indiana.

“This is a wonderful way to give back for his service,” said Julie Smit. “We’re very grateful and honored to be a part of it.”

“It’s showing appreciation to the family members of the military,” she added. “It’s hard for their loved ones to be overseas for so long.”

“It shows amazing generosity,” said Lindsey Krygsheld. “Wedding gowns aren’t cheap.”

Trocki said last year the event was held over two days and 15 military brides received free gowns.

“We had one couple who was married last week who got their bridal gown at last year’s event,” Trocki said. “It was wonderful to hear how the day went.”

Trocki said Operation Wedding Gown “is very fulfilling. It’s a way to give back and a way to help out.”

Kathryn’s Bridal manager Laura Fugler said the military brides also get discounts on accessories, mother-of-the-bride dresses, maid-of-honor dresses, tuxedo rentals and invitations.

This is the sixth annual bridal gown giveaway at salons nationwide. To date, Brides Across America has donated more than 7,000 wedding gowns from prominent designers. The donated gowns are valued between $500 and $4,000.

Brides Across America’s founder Heidi Janson said she wants to continue making dreams come true for military couples that have not had the opportunity to plan their dream wedding due to deployment.

“Our continued efforts as an organization are to bring awareness to our communities. My goal is to make sure we don’t forget all the servicemen and women overseas fighting for our freedom.”

About Kathryn’s Bridal:
What: A one-stop bridal shop featuring wedding gowns and bride accessories, mother-of-the-bride dresses,  short homecoming dresses, tuxedo rentals and invitations.

About Brides Across America: 
Brides Across America is a Massachusetts-based charitable organization that focuses on providing free wedding gowns to those military brides that have not been able to have their dream wedding.

Brides Across America was recently honored by the Joining Forces program, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families, which was launched by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.


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