From classmates to soul mates, Naikeya and Matthew met on their first day of in-processing into the Interservice Physician Assistant Program for the army and within three years, they were married thanks to Operation Happily Ever After.
Operation Happily Ever After is a non-profit organization that aims to give back to those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe and free. Their purpose is to give two honorable members of our armed services a free and memorable beach wedding at Sea Watch Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina while also raising money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
So far, Operation Happily Ever After has organized, planned, and administered three successful weddings over the past three years. All of which have occurred at Sea Watch Resort in Myrtle Beach. The wedding itself is entirely donated from local merchants, local shops, and through various venders. Sea Watch Resort offers free lodging for the bride and groom plus several rooms for accommodating family members.
Operation Happily Ever After was pioneered by Angie and Wayne Eggleston who are retired air force. They own a local photography business, Wayne’s View Photography. Angie and Wayne decided to start OHEA as a way to thank the military community, active-duty, and retired men and women. Each year they join together with other businesses that provide wedding services, free of charge to the couple, including Sea Watch Resort, which will be providing the couple with the wedding rehearsal, reception, wedding and resort accommodations for the wedding party. Additional vendors are also providing pretty much anything and everything the couple needs for the perfect wedding (except for transportation to and from Myrtle Beach) which totals about $53,000.