For Vanessa Gathers of Tampa, the "Operation Wedding Gown" event at the White Closet Bridal in Tampa on Wednesday was perfect. Gathers is in the Air Force and her fiance is in the Army. They will be getting married in December. "Just being able to be amongst the other women who have probably been in the same situation I have been in, it's just amazing," Gathers said. "It's a celebration all the way around. We made it through the year, my husband is home safe. It's a celebration." Gathers is among military wives who qualified for the Bride's Across America's campaign, "Operation Wedding Gown," which has donated more than 10, 000 wedding gowns to military brides. To qualify, the bride or their spouse have to be currently serving in the military, be currently deployed, have a future deployment or be deployed within the last five years.
Military brides participate in 'Operation Wedding Gown'
© 2014 Tampa Bay Times