Free gowns for military brides

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 2:37pm

Tam Jeffrey and her fiance John were among the first in line outside camille bridal boutique in West Hartford, Connecticut Wednesday.

Tam was hoping to find that perfect dress for her perfect day, at the perfect price: Free.

The two just got engaged a week ago.

John Jeffrey, a Connecticut National Guardsman, returned from Iraq earlier this year and says seeing his soon to be bride so happy makes the sacrifices worth it.

The designer gown giveaway is all part of "Brides Across America", a nationwide charity dedicated to providing free wedding gowns for military brides who are either engaged to someone on active duty or in the military themselves.

Many of the dresses were originally priced at more than a thousand dollars.

"This is the best part of the business for me. It's my favorite part of the year," said Camille Bridal Boutique's Irene Zalevsky.

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