Lancaster County boutique gives free wedding dresses to veterans, first responders, health care workers

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EAST COCALICO TOWNSHIP, Pa (WHTM) — Carolyn Lawerence is set to get married in May.

“My fiancé was in the Navy,” Lawerence told ABC 27 News. “He’s a Navy Veteran and he works as a first responder and EMT.”

In honor of Veteran’s Day brides to be, like Carolyn, were given free dresses at Tiffany’s Bridal Boutique as part of the Brides Across America program.

“This definitely takes a huge burden off of the planning of a wedding, which is huge,” Lawerence said.

Tiffany Rupert, who owns the shop in Lancaster County, is a Navy veteran herself.

Rupert served in the Navy from 2004 to 2008.

Rupert said it’s important for her to give back to the families who have served.

“When you’re going on deployment you’re missing your families,” Rupert said. “I thought of all of those people who are deployed. They miss babies being born, they miss first steps, they miss so many big moments. They’re really giving up so much more than maybe some people realize.”

This is the second year Rupert’s shop, which is just off 222 in East Cocalico Township, has given away the dresses.

Rupert said all the slots for the dress giveaway were filled.

“It means the world to me,” Rupert added. “I think it’s so great to be part of something like this. Just to know you’ve made someone’s big day more special is the icing on the cake.”

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