Dubuque's New Bridal Boutique to Give Away Free Dresses to Military Brides

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - While enjoying an after work cocktail, Amber McKinley is planning her upcoming wedding. But not with her fiance.

McKinley said, "It's something that you want to be special between the two of you and you want everything to be what you both want. "

Instead he's a half a world away. The Iowa National Guard soldier is serving in Afghanistan.

"Basically the time difference is the biggest issue with him being gone," said McKinley.

Across town, Jodi Stricker runs Zazou's Bridal Boutique. Her business is taking part in an upcoming event with the charity "Brides Across America".

Stricker said, "It is a free bridal gown that you receive. And possibly other accessories. Whatever you're needing to make your day special. "

Stricker started the new business in the Millwork District just two months ago. Next month she'll give a wedding dress to any bride who's fiance is deployed.

"It is a risk but our service men and women take a greater risk, " said Sticker.

It's so many women's fantasy to wear the fancy white dress.But for McKinley, her fantasies are much simpler as she waits for her soon to be husband to return.

"Just to be with each other is enough," said McKinley, " I don't want to do anything crazy. I just want to spend time together. "

The dress giveaway is set for July 12 and 13th at Zazou's bridal. Proof of the deployment is required.
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