Military couple gets 'Happily Ever After' wedding

April 13, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
On Thursday, Staff Sgt. Stephanie Brewster and Master Sgt. Larry Reyes learned the happy news that they are getting their dream wedding thanks to Operation Happily Ever After.

The gift includes $38,000 worth of wedding, reception, rings, pictures, gowns, tuxedos - the whole nine yards.

The couple, who both work at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, won the free wedding from Operation Happily Ever After and its organizers -- Wayne and Angie Eggleston.

The Egglestons have a successful photography business near Myrtle Beach and decided to help one military couple with their wedding for free after the death of their son.

The Eggleston's son Chris was murdered in Fayetteville 13-years-ago. The 16-year-old Westover High School student was killed by fellow students, and Fayetteville's military community searched non-stop until they found his body buried behind the school.

A Special Operations soldier found Chris' body in a shallow grave. But, the Eggleston's grief was tempered by the goodwill of those who helped find their son.

"We can never really fully repay them, but we photograph a lot of weddings and work with a lot of wedding professionals here on the Grand Strand. And Angie woke up one morning she said 'Why don't we just give away a wedding," Wayne Eggleston said.

The Egglestons then came up with Operation Happily Ever After.

"The bride goes to the website and she registers and she sends all of her friends, family, co-workers - you name it - to the website and they all vote. Now, each vote does cost a dollar," explained Angie Eggleston.

The money collected for the votes went to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. A fund that was set up for military service members returning from deployment with brain injuries.

Staff Sgt. Brewster and Master Sgt. Reyes will be getting married September 10th of this year in Myrtle Beach.

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