Pictures: Operation Wedding Gown

This Veteran’s Day, a non-profit organization called Brides Across America thanked military and first responder brides-to-be for their service by providing free wedding gowns. The initiative, called “Operation Wedding Gown,” has been held twice a year in partnership with bridal salons across the country since 2008, and hopes to lessen the financial burdens associated with wedding planning in the face of deployment, injury and post-traumatic stress.


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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.