Military Couple Honored With Wedding of Their Dreams -- on the House! (PHOTOS)

jerika perez and jeffrey mason engagement photoMilitary troops dedicate their lives to keeping our country -- and our families -- safe. We tend to forget that. But when Jerika Perez, a U.S. Army Sergeant, and her fiancée, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeffrey Mason, couldn't afford the wedding of their dreams, the wedding community in Jeffrey's hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, gave back in a BIG way.

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According to The Tallahassee Democrat, 25-year-old Jerika and 32-year-old Jeffrey met in a remote combat outpost along the eastern mountains of Afghanistan. Suffice it to say, that already tops the "how we met" stories we usually hear.

After the couple got engaged, Jeffrey was busy earning a Bronze Star with Valor for acts of heroism in ground combat in Afghanistan. Jerika was stationed back at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It's not like they could run out on their lunch break to taste wedding cakes!

Not to mention, as we all know, the average wedding tends to be spendy. No matter how much you try to stick to a budget or cut corners or DIY, all those must-haves add up. And when all is said and done, the average cost of a ceremony in the U.S. is over $26,000. Eek.

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And it was when Jerika said she'd DIY her floral arrangements by using coffee filters that Jeffrey's mom decided the couple "deserved something better."

jerika perez and jeffrey mason engagement photo

With the help of a wedding planner friend -- and unbeknownst to her soon-to-be-daughter-in-law -- Bane reached out to local wedding vendors.

The result: More than a dozen businesses volunteered to pitch in. And lo and behold, suddenly, Jerika and Jeffrey had everything from a cake and linens and glassware to a wedding venue and caterer. For FREE! Aaamazing!

In response to the moving gesture, Perez told The Democrat:

It really has been emotional and overwhelming -- in a good way. When I found out what everyone did for us, I was shocked ... This is the kind of thing that happens to other people. I sometimes still can't believe it's true.

Love it. And if only our service men and women -- who give so much to our country -- enountered generosity and selflessness like this more often! Really, it's the least we can do when they’ve given up traditional civilian life to serve us.

 

Images via Terri Smith Photo

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