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Vermont brides pick up discounted dresses

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ESSEX, Vt. -

A special day in Essex for dozens of brides to be -- searching for a perfect dress while raising money for a wonderful cause.

Rack after rack, 500 hundred wedding dresses are unloaded and rolled into the Essex Resort and Spa, where dozens of Vermont brides are hoping to say yes to the dress.

"We travel to about 120-130 cities a year selling deeply discounted couture designer wedding gowns with 80-percent of our proceeds going to fund free programming for those that have been impacted by cancer," said Mya Widmyer with Brides Against Breast Cancer

The nonprofit group puts on these events to raise money towards programs to help promote healthy living for women going through treatment. "For example --yoga classes, Internet cafes, cooking classes -- anything to kind of get their mind off of it but know that people are there to support them," Widmyer said.

Brides-to-be met with local vendors, wedding planners, photographers -- and of course had lots of trying on to do. All dresses were donated and deeply discounted -- some as low as 99 bucks.

"I am really excited because I went to a small boutique yesterday and most of the dresses were $5,000, which I think is just ridiculous for a dress you are going to wear one day," said bride-to-be Molly Moriarty.

And with proceeds going towards the foundation, organizers estimate Sunday's event will raise up to $16,000. For many brides, it is about more than finding a good deal.  "I think it's really great because you are getting a dress at a significantly discounted price, but you are also helping a really great charity. So your wedding is actually helping other people -- which you want. You don't want to be the selfish bride. You want to be the selfless bride," Moriarty said.

And you might recognize one bride-to-be perusing the racks. Sienna Fontaine and her fiance Ric were on Channel 3 after winning 'A Salute to Our Soldiers' -- a Vermont wedding of their dreams.

"It's definitely changed everything. We originally weren't going to be able to get married until 2015, so we are really happy to be able to extend that invitation to our family and our friends for this fall," Fontaine said.

The military couple shared their story and thousands of people voted for them to win the wedding.  Fontaine says it now feels good to give back in a different way. "I feel so fortunate for what we have been able to win, and it's really nice to be able to contribute to another great cause and to really kind of give back to another meaningful event," she said.

Adding extra meaning to a day that is already special for these brides.

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