Military brides-to-be pick out special gowns

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March 3, 2012, 6:12 pm

(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston) - "It's a very emotional experience," said Maria Rogers a fashion student at Lasell College.

It's called, Project Dream Dress.

"I think it's a wonderful gesture to anyone who has ever served," said bride to be Angela Cast.

Brides Across America and Lasell college's fashion students are giving free wedding dresses to brides to be who are either engaged to a member of the military or served themselves, like Angela Cast of Chicago, who just served 9 months in Iraq.

"It's so surreal," said Cast.

And hard to believe.

"I would never have imagined to have such a beautiful wedding gown ever, (Let alone for free) I know," said Cast.

"It's this huge thing in a person's life, a woman's life, and I think offering this for military brides this element which some people can't afford, it's a really big deal," said Rogers.

The dresses of course are all donated, but that doesn't mean that they are not of high quality, in fact they're all designer dresses and the prices range from a thousand dollars to almost nine thousand dollars.

And on this day, that means everything.  Students offered help with fitting and tailoring on the spot.  A veil and shoes to match.

What else could a girl want?

"It's surreal," said Abby O'Regan of Boston.

Abby's husband to be is in the Navy and headed for Kuwait.  She is hoping he'll love the dress.

"I can't fully understand it yet, but it just feels amazing, it's really exciting," said O'Regan.

"I love it, I love it, we are very, very thankful with this," said Yesia Hernandez of South Carolina, whose significant other is in Afghanistan.

A dress like this, well it is project dream dress.

"Thank you for thinking about the military person and also they're serving overseas, thank you so much," said a teary Hernandez.

One of a kind gowns, for one of a kind women.

"God bless America and God bless our soldiers," said Hernandez.

Tags: Boston, military, brides, Scot Yount, servicemen, servicewomen, Brides Across America, Lasell College, Project Dream Dress, brides to be
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