Operation Open Arms Provides Local Couple a Romantic Beach Wedding


Thanks to Pink Shell Resort and many other local contributors, Operation Open Arms was able to provide a local couple a free sunset wedding on Fort Myers Beach this past weekend. This celebratory event for Mr. and Mrs. Lopez was also a celebration of Operation Open Arms’ 90th free wedding.

Gabriel’s beautiful bride was working in an area Publix when she ran into Operation Open Arms founder, Captain John GiddyUp Bunch.

He gave me his card, told me to call him to get a charter fishing trip together when my boyfriend gets home from Afghanistan, instead he gave us a wedding.

View the Fox 4 News Coverage of Gabriel and Caitlyn Lopez’ wedding here.

Read the Cape Coral Breeze Article on this Fairy Tale Wedding here.

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2 responses to “Operation Open Arms Provides Local Couple a Romantic Beach Wedding

  1. I heard about Operation Open Arms on the radio a few weeks ago. Capt. John was being interviewed by Trey Radel on his talk show. My wife and I have a timeshare on FMY Beach and were not able to use it this year. What a perfect opportunity to donate it to such a worthy cause.

    Thanks for the work you are doing and for all the folks that contribute to make this work possible.

    God Bless.

  2. The following letter was received from Lee County Commissioner John Manning in response to the news coverage of the Fairy Tale Wedding Captain Bunch, Pink Shell Resort and others provided on Fort Myers Beach. – Brenda/admin

    Capt. Bunch,

    I had just finished reading this wonderful story in The Pine Island Eagle about Caitlin and Sgt. Gabriel Lopez’s wedding. What the Operation Open Arms organization and you do for these families is truly commendable. I have followed the great things that your organization has done for our young military couples over the past few years and applaud you and those who volunteer their services with your organization. Keep up the wonderful job!

    Also, thank you for your kind words about Bob Janes. He left big shoes for me to fill and I will always appreciate his kindness towards me and his friendship.

    Commissioner John Manning

    District One Office
    Lee County Board of County Commissioners

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