FT. MYERS BEACH, Fla -- A local soldier and his bride are celebrating their first few moments as husband and wife! They tied the knot outside The Pink Shell on Fort Myers Beach in a ceremony that was free of charge thanks to the local non-profit Operation Open Arms.
It's the wedding of Sergeant Gabriel Lopez and Caitlin Holloway, we first introduced you to the couple on Tuesday. Operation Open Arms paid for their entire wedding as a way to say "thank you" for military service.
It's a beautiful afternoon for a wedding, as Pine Island native Caitlin Holloway said "I Do" to Sergeant Gabriel Lopez. Lopez serves in the US Army, he's already been on a tour to Afghanistan, and is expected to be deployed again next March.
"It's kind of the Pink Shell's way of saying thank you for all the service men and women and families do for us and this country," said Ellis Etter, with the Pink Shell.
This wedding is "on the house" thanks to Operation Open Arms and many sponsors like the Pink Shell.
Captain John Bunch started the organization in 2005, aimed at helping out US troops in their times of need.
Also donating her time and talents is Karen Vasquez with "Kakes by Karen." She is based in Naples and was once a competitor on the Food Network. Almost every man in her family served our country.