Brides Across America

Brides Across America Honors Local Heroes

Submitted By Teresa Ashmore

San Antonio’s Brides by Elizabeth will be partnering with Brides Across America on November 10 to honor military and first responder brides-to-be with free wedding dresses. Brides Across America is proud to support everyday heroes with annual Operation Wedding Gown giveaway events in salons across the country. Partner salons like Brides by Elizabeth will be celebrating during the month of November and gifting gowns valued up to $5,000 to brides.

Whether it’s for love of country or love at the altar, our front lines deserve our very best. Brides Across America and its partner salons have donated over 20,000 wedding gowns and gifted over 20 weddings since its inception in 2008. The program is designed to reduce financial stress in planning a wedding, financial relief (average wedding gowns cost with accessories $2,000) and transforms lives.

Boston Bombing Survivor, Roseann Sdoia’s life changed forever the day of the Boston Marathon. She suffered trauma to her leg and had to have it amputated. It has been a long road of recovery. On that day, Roseann turned her tragedy into a love story. She is now engaged to Mike Materia, the firefighter who saved her.

“This program means so much to us,” said Roseann. “With all the medical expenses, gifting me this gown can make our dreams come true on our wedding day! This will be a wonderful day that we can forget about our struggles and share in our love for each other.”

A national nonprofit, Brides Across America continues to honor our heroes by giving weddings and wedding gowns to our deserving military and making wedding dreams come true. Brides Across America has provided assistance to thousands of military couples since its inception in 2008. All donations that are received go directly to provide support to couples. To date, Brides Across America, in collaboration with bridal salons, designers, and individual donations has been able to donate more than 20,000 wedding gowns and 20 weddings. Operation Wedding Gown has also made headlines when it was featured in PEOPLE magazine, Steve Harvey Show and honored at the White House.

You’re invited to join this special event at Brides by Elizabeth, located at 1120 W Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78232. For more information on how to qualify and register go to

“Last year was our first year hosting an event for Brides Across America and we helped 14 brides find their wedding gowns,” said Teresa Ashmore, owner of Brides by Elizabeth. “This year we are hosting the event on November 10. We urge brides to register at first and then contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible as spaces are filling up quickly.”