A Windy City Love Story

A Windy City Love Story

Angela and Brad first met as little kids growing up in the same neighborhood. Their mothers were friends and they spent their childhood playing together and becoming good friends. Following high school, they went their separate ways. It wasn’t until years later, when they had both gone through divorces, that they reconnected and saw each other in a new light.

Unfortunately, cancer had other plans for Angela and Brad’s relationship. Wish Upon a Wedding was so touched by Angela and Brad’s beautiful love story and the incredible strength and joy that she has exhibited throughout this journey. We are thrilled to grant their wish for a wedding on December 11 and are so thankful for the amazing team of wish granters who have signed up to help.

A Southern Hospitality Vow Renewal

A Southern Hospitality Vow Renewal

On November 2, 2018, David and Angie stood before their family and friends and renewed their vows on the grounds of Roanoke’s breathtaking Plantation of Sunnybrook. The couple had recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary and the day marked the perfect occasion to remember all of the very good times they’ve experienced together.

Three years ago David was diagnosed with an aggressive form of colon cancer that metastasized to his liver. It was his dream to renew his vows in front of their sweet little girl and to gift her the gift of a wedding dance with her daddy.

A Mountain Side Love Story

A Mountain Side Love Story

Dalen and Stacie first met online several years ago. They began talking and embarked upon a long distance relationship that has turned into the great love of their lives.

This past year, Dalen was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer than has metastasized to his brain. He is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments with Stacie standing faithfully by his side.

Wish Upon a Wedding was touched by Dalen and Stacie’s beautiful love story and is excited to grant this wish for them. We’ve enlisted the help of an incredible team of wish granters and can’t wait to make this dream come through for them.

A Texas Love Story

A Texas Love Story

Stephanie and Daryl first met at a friend’s party a couple of years ago. Just sixth months after they started officially dating, Stephanie was diagnosed with breast cancer. From day one, Daryl stood by her side and the two tackled her diagnosis together. Wish Upon a Wedding is honored to be a part of their love story and can’t wait to grant their wish for a dream wedding.

Amor in New Jersey

Amor in New Jersey

On October 4, 2018, Carolina and Erick gathered in front of their family and close friends to dedicate their lives to one another in a beautiful service on the breathtaking grounds of the Rock Island Lake Club. Their wedding marked a beautiful moment in what has been an extremely difficult year. Wish Upon a Wedding was thrilled to grant this wish for Carolina and Erick and was honored to be a part of their love story.

A Virginia Vow Renewal

A Virginia Vow Renewal

David and Angie first met through David’s sister right after high school. They began dating, quickly fell in love and were married not too long after. David and Angie just celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. They are excited to renew their vows in front of their family and friends and look forward to giving David the gift of dancing with his daughter at their wedding.

Chase and Alexa: A Beautiful NYC Love Story

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On July 10, 2018, Chase and Alexa exchanged vows in a heartfelt and moving ceremony at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City. The wedding, which was witnessed by a small group of family and close friends, was supposed to take place at the end of July in Boston, near the couple’s hometown but had to be moved do to Chase’s rapidly declining health. The groom suffers from a rare form of cancer called DSRCT and has undergone numerous rounds of experimental chemotherapy since his diagnosis last year.

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Despite a great amount of pain and discomfort, Chase was able to stand during the entire wedding ceremony. His bride was radiant in a beautiful gown, generously donated by Gabriella New York, and his smile upon seeing her walk down the aisle was everything.

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Chase was too tired to enjoy the decadent wedding cake and apple pie (a personal favorite of his) following the wedding, but he and Alexa happily feasted on it the following day.

As with all of our wishes, we couldn’t do it without the generosity of our wish granters. In particular, this unbelievable team pulled off Chase and Alexa’s wedding in just a matter of days, going above and beyond to make the day so incredibly special. We cannot thank you all
enough!

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Wish Granters:
Wedding Planner: Tammy Golson Events
Photographer: JC Lemon Photography
Hair and Make-Up: SB Beauty
Officiant: Louisa Porrata
Videographer: 15 Minutes of Frame
Music: Elizabeth Nicholas Synnott
Florist:  G! Floral Design
Gown and Alterations: Gabriella New York
Accommodations: The Plaza Hotel
Cake: City Sweets
Stationery: Invitations by Ana

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A Colorado Love Story

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On July 8, 2018, Katie and Erik gathered with family and friends at the picturesque Creekside Event Center near Denver, CO to dedicate their lives to one another. Though they are both young and vibrant, their road to the altar has been filled with challenges.

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The two first met in grad school, where they were studying to be teachers. After developing a deep friendship, they started dating. Following graduation, Katie and Erik took teaching jobs in the same area. Just before Christmas in 2017, Erik asked Katie to be his wife.

Just 11 days after their engagement, Katie was diagnosed with Leukemia. Following surgery and an intense chemotherapy regiment, she is finally on the road to recovery.

Wish Upon a Wedding was honored to take part in Katie and Erik’s special day. From the amazing mountain backdrop to the gorgeous flowers, delicious food and personal touches, the couple enjoyed a beautiful day where cancer was not the focus.

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As with all of our wishes, we couldn’t have done it without the incredibly generous support of our wish granters. Thank you so much!

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Wish Granters:
Wedding Planner: Revel and Roots
Venue: Creekside Event Center
Caterer: You and I Caterers
Photographer: David Alderman Weddings
Music: My Elite DJ
Florist: MJM Designs
Baker: Soul Sprinkle
Make-Up: Creating Perfect Beauty
Linens: Nuage Designs
Garter: The Garter Girl

A Fairytale New York Wedding

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On July 19th 2018, Karen and Rich stood before family and friends on the grounds of the breathtaking Cedar Lake Estates and recommitted their lives to one another. The couple has been happily married for 24 years and was thrilled to renew their vows in the presence of their loved ones.

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Karen and Rich have a love story that most people dream about. They met in high school, were married right out of college – and are still crazy about each other. For years they had been dreaming about traveling once their youngest child was off to college. Just one month after she left, however, Karen began having some unexplained pains in her body. She was incredibly pro-active and demanded that her doctors run some tests. Not long after, she received the news that all women dread. Karen had been diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.

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She embarked upon an aggressive treatment program, which included a full hysterectomy and months of intense chemotherapy. Throughout it all, Rich has been her rock and has lovingly supported and cared for her.

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Wish Upon a Wedding was touched by Karen and Rich’s beautiful love story and was honored to grant this wish for them. The day was straight out of a magazine. From the gorgeous scenery to the farm-to-table feast and the outstanding live music, Karen and Rich were treated to a day free from the worry of cancer. The couple mingled with friends and happily danced the night away.

We owe a huge thank you to the many wish granters who worked hard to make Karen and Rich’s day extra special. We are so grateful – thanks to you all!

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Wish Granters:
Planner: Loli Events
Venue: Cedar Lake Estates
Hair and Makeup: Face Time Beauty
Stationery: Christa Alexandra Designs
Videographer: McKenzie Miller Films
Photographer: Trent Bailey Studio
Ceremony and Reception Music: Jordan Kahn Music Company
Gown: Our Story Bridal
Ceremony Renewal Bands: Original Eve
Florist: Buds of Brooklyn
Linens: Nuage Designs

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A New York Wedding – 29 Years in the Making

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Claudia and Daniel first met in 1989 when a mutual friend in their neighborhood introduced them. They hit it off right away and soon began dating. A year later, shortly after welcoming their first child, they got engaged – and are still engaged today! After getting engaged, the couple likes to say that “life happened”. They embarked upon many happy years together – raising 2 children, working, camping, gardening, traveling and becoming grandparents. Throughout it all, Claudia and Daniel have remained best friends. They love doing everything together – even grocery shopping – and are truly inseparable.

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In 2012, Claudia received some very hard news. She had discovered a lump in her breast and after putting it off for a while, decided to see her doctor. Sadly, she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. She underwent an aggressive treatment plan that included chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy and a full hysterectomy. In 2016, her cancer metastasized to her bones and she underwent a partial hip replacement. Despite the fact that her current treatment plan has come with a host of painful, discouraging side effects, Claudia remains so positive. Her doctor told her early on that it’s the positive people who have an easier time beating cancer, and she has taken it to heart. While she struggles to do many of the things she once enjoyed, she is joyful and keeps trying, all the while, with Daniel by her side.

The couple says they’ve put their wedding off long enough are so excited to exchange vows in front of their family and friends.

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We are so honored to grant this wish for Claudia and Daniel and look forward to showering them with a day they won’t soon forget. As always, we are so grateful for the many wish granters who have signed up to make this day possible. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Vendors:
Planner: Brilliant Event Planning
Venue/Catering: Mountain View Manor
Photo: Sasithon Photography
Video: Pioneer Media
Beauty: Beautini
Floral: Winston Flowers
Baker: Elliegant Cakes
Stationery: Bella Figura, NYC
Gown: Amsale Aberra
Music: On the Move
Officiant: Rev Richard Rodriguez, Tri State Weddings