Bella Bridesmaid, in West Hartford, is working with Brides Across America, a charity with a goal to donate wedding gowns to troops and their families.
The dresses are made to order, and brides and bridesmaids are able to choose from a variety of colors and styles. The goal of the charity is to make sure brides secure their position in the spotlight. Since its founding, Brides Across America has donated more than 8,000 dresses.
Madison Ross, co-owner of Bella Bridesmaid, said the shop will be donating gowns which will be used in an auction fundraiser. Current trends for bridal gowns include lace, and for bridesmaids, long, flowing empire waists are very popular, Ross said.