Dreams came true for military brides

By Lia

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- While it may have took trying on a dozen gowns, Amanda Ault did walk away Wednesday a very happy bride.

"It's beautiful," she said. "This is it."

Cheers and congratulations followed her as she made her final decision on a gown. She marveled at the dress in the mirror and spun around, hesitating to make her way back to the fitting room.

"I guess I should take it off now," she laughed, while her mother, Chris, joked she could wear it home.

They hugged a final time in celebration of making the right choice on a dress.

"We got another winner," shouted a worker at the Bridal House of Charleston.

Amanda was one of a few lucky military brides across the Lowcountry who had the chance to find a wedding gown at no cost.

"It's really nice that they do this for military service," she said. "It's a great thing."

It was the third gown giveaway event the Mount Pleasant shop has hosted for military brides in the Lowcountry.

"It's just unbelievable the reaction from the brides," manager Cindy Musser said. "A lot can't afford to buy one, so this helps a lot."

This year was the biggest one year of the event yet. The shop had 45 designer gowns donated for the occasion. A few brides waited the night before to get there early to get a first chance at trying on the gowns.

Amanda said she got engaged in March, after she returned from her 8-month deployment to Afghanistan, where she worked as a physician's assistant. Her fianc is also in the military.

"I got my fairytale ending," she said.

Her wedding date is set for October of 2014 in Savannah.

It's making dreams like Amanda's possible that Musser says is the reason why they put on this event each year.

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