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There are hundreds to choose from, but crystals, beading and hand stitching aren't cheap.

"We wouldn't have been able to afford it...not this," said Toni Green.

She is getting a designer wedding dress for free.

"I actually saw this one walking in the door," Green said. "When I put it on, I knew. I knew it was the one."

Her family even traveled from Oklahoma to be a part of the special day.

"I've got two daughters and this is the first time I'll get to see one of them get married...and in a white wedding gown," said Mae Lee, the mother of the bride.

"This is the day you dream of," said Green.

Toni will marry Milton Moody in May.

Green added, "He's 19 years Army and he just came back from a deployment in Iraq."

Which qualifies her for a free gown from the charity; Brides Across America.

"We also had Maggie Sotero donate five gowns to us...the rest are donated by the store," said Rachel O'Neill, with the Signature Bridal Salon.

Green said, "I appreciate them making this moment, you know, happen for me"

Milton met Toni last September, before being deployed for the fourth time.

Green said, "It was like, 'wow,' I meet the man of my dreams and two days later he leaves for Iraq."

"You really get to know a person when you're not physically with them," Green said.

He's back now and they're together in Killeen.

Green said, "He's not a crier, but I know, me walking down in this dress, he's gonna cry."

Everyone in the bridal salon already is.

"It's like, wake me up, this can't be happening...but, it is," said Green. "It is amazing."

It's overwhelming--finding the right dress and finally, at 40, these two have found their person.

The Signature Bridal Salon donated 34 dresses this year.

Toni says she will also be giving hers back.

The next event at Signature Bridal Salon is in July.

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