An OC Love Story


On July 21, 2019, Danielle and Brandon will stand before their nearest and dearest to renew their vows to one another and celebrate a love that has persisted in the face of sickness and struggle. 


The couple first met when they were just 14 years old and became friends but did not starting dating until they were 20. Once they got together though, they quickly fell in love and became engaged. Although their family and friends doubted their decision, Danielle and Brandon were married in a quiet court house ceremony on March 17, 2008 and have spent the last 11 years falling more deeply in love. 


Throughout the years, the couple’s vow to love each other in sickness and in health has been repeatedly put to the test. After beating Leukemia as a child, Brandon suffered a surprising relapse in his twenties, which he continues to experience complications from. Starting at around age 26, Danielle began experiencing her own health issues and began to have chronic pain issues in her back and hips. In 2015 she discovered an apricot sized lump in her breast but was told that it was benign. Two years later, an MRI revealed a growth in her hip which sadly turned out to be stage 4 breast cancer. Unfortunately, by the time her cancer was discovered, it had advanced considerably. She underwent aggressive chemotherapy for five months but has continued to steadily decline in health. Despite the pain, sickness, and exhaustion she battles on a daily basis, Danielle and Brandon are trying their best to remain hopeful and to savor each moment they have left together. 


Wish Upon a Wedding was so touched by this couple’s story and cannot wait to granting their wish for a vow renewal. We enlisted the help of Magical Moments by Megan, who assembled an outstanding team of wish granters. We recently kicked things off with a breathtaking countryside love story shoot. The bride was all smiles and looked as beautiful as ever in the pale pink gown she originally eloped in! 

Advanced thanks to this all-star team:

Planner: Magical Moments by Megan

Venue: Fete the Venue

Catering: Above All Catering

Floral: The English Garden

Floral: Poppy + Rose Floral Co.

Gown: Panache Bridal of Costa Mesa

Gown Alternations: Door to Door Cleaners

Men’s Attire: The Created Gentleman

Stationery: Ink Topiary

Photography: Sessions by Anne Salas

Videography: Christian Samson Studios

DJ: DJ Wrex

Beauty: Diamond Beauty Hair and Makeup

Live Event Painter: Renee Ortiz Studios

Photo Booth: California Booth Bus

Cake: Sweetest Perfection Cakes

Desserts: Sam Samm Custom Cakes

Officiant: Alan Katz, Great Officiants

Live Ceremony Music: Two Towns Entertainment

Rehearsal Dinner and flowers:  Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden

Love Story Makeup Artist: Lupe Cornejo

Love Story Hair: Star-Dawn

Tabletop Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

Favors: OC Kosher

Linens: BBJ

Mobile Coffee Station: Jedidiah Coffee

Mocktails: The Typsy Gypsy

Photobooth: Social Scenes Photobooth

Outdoor Rentals: Sundrop Vintage