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An Orlando Love Story

An Orlando Love Story

Erik and Denise first met at a concert through Erik’s best friend. While at the concert, they flirted and bonded over their mutual love of music. Soon, the couple started dating and quickly fell in love. Three years into their dating relationship, they found out that they were expecting a child. They were married in a small, intimate ceremony and nine months later, welcomed their daughter into the world. Throughout their 25-year marriage, Denise and Erik have weathered a lot of storms, including layoffs, sick parents, moves and new beginnings. Throughout them all, however, their love for one another has only grown. 

 A couple of years ago, Denise had an accidental fall in her kitchen, which resulted in a collapsed lung and five days in the hospital. After recovering from her fall, she continued to feel lousy and often experienced pain and fatigue. Finally, she decided to have her lungs scanned again to assess whether or not she was healed. Much to her dismay, the scan revealed a large amount of spots on her good lung. Further testing revealed the worst. She was diagnosed with lung cancer. She underwent a rigorous chemotherapy and radiation treatment plan and is now doing immunotherapy. Denise and Erik are trying to maintain a positive attitude and are taking life one day at a time. 

Wish Upon a Wedding has loved getting to know this music loving, super sweet couple and cannot wait to grant their wish for a vow renewal.

A Costa Mesa Wedding Wish

A Costa Mesa Wedding Wish

Danielle and Brandon 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.  Starting at around age 26, Danielle began experiencing 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 fell in love with this beautiful couple and was truly honored to grant their wish for a vow renewal.

An Art Deco Chicago Wedding Wish

An Art Deco Chicago Wedding Wish

Rachel and Alvie first met at a dive bar in 2006. They immediately noticed each other because of their height (she’s 6’6’, he’s 6’7’). He walked over and introduced himself and the two chatted for a while. Two days later, Alvie called Rachel and they immediately hit it off and began a long, committed relationship. In 2013, Alvie had a brain aneurism that ruptured and he nearly died. It was a wakeup call for the couple. After Alvie recovered, they became pregnant with their first child and decided to finally get married. In 2017, shortly after the birth of their second child, Rachel started to have some rib pain and was having trouble carrying her baby around. She had been coughing for months and was beginning to feel worried. By March of 2018, her pain was so unbearable that she went to get checked out. Her scans revealed that she had an aggressive form of breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She has spent the past year receiving a variety of ongoing treatments, including hormone blockers, chemotherapy, radiation and laser treatments. Wish Upon a Wedding was thrilled to grant Rachel and Alvie’s wish for a vow renewal and to celebrate a love that has conquered so much. 

A Northern California Wedding Wish

A Northern California Wedding Wish

Brook and Mike first met online last year. After chatting for a while, Brook had to have a very hard conversation with Mike. She told him that she had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes. Mike wasn’t scared and told her that he was sticking around. They quickly fell in love and got engaged. After fighting through several rounds of failed treatments, Brook made the hard decision to switch to palliative care.

Wish Upon a Wedding fell for this couple from day one. We lined up an amazing team of wish granters and simply loved granting them the wedding of their dreams.

A Sunshine State Wedding Wish

A Sunshine State Wedding Wish

Sharn and Anthony first met online a couple of years ago. They were both starting over, with children in tow and were looking to find love again. After chatting for a while online and over the phone, the couple decided to meet. From day one, Sharn was struck by what a true gentleman Anthony was. They went on a couple of wonderful dates and soon became inseparable. They got engaged on May 19th and were excited to start planning their wedding when they received some terrible news. Sharn’s routine mammogram that August turned out to be irregular. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and over the next few months endured a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.

Wish Upon a Wedding fell head over heels for this lovely couple and was honored to play a role in a their beautiful journey.

 

An Ohio Love Story

An Ohio Love Story

Courtney and Theresa (Tess) first met online just over five years ago. They wrote to each other for three months before deciding to meet in person. At the time, Courtney lived in Wisconsin, so Tess drove there from OH to meet. The meeting went so well that she decided to stay, for good. After living in Wisconsin for a while, the couple moved back to OH to care for Tess’s ailing mother. It was around that time that Tess began to experience some troubling health problems of her own.

After being hospitalized for a very painful kidney stone just last spring, a CT scan of her kidney revealed nodules on her lungs. Under the advisement of her doctor, Tess underwent some extensive testing, including a mammogram. Sadly, she was diagnosed with stage four triple positive breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She has endured an extensive amount of treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and continues to fight for her life, with Courtney always by her side. Wish Upon a Wedding has loved getting to know these sweet ladies and cannot wait to grant their life-long wish for a wedding. 

An OC Love Story

An OC Love Story

Danielle and Brandon 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, became engaged and were married in a quiet court house ceremony on March 17, 2008.

Throughout the years, the couple’s vow to love each other in sickness and in health has been repeatedly put to the test. Starting at around age 26, Danielle began experiencing some troubling 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 loves this sweet couple and cannot wait to grant their very special vow renewal wish.

A Music City Vow Renewal

A Music City Vow Renewal

Cathy and Scott met online just over 15 years ago and embarked upon a whirlwind romance that has seen more than its fair share of hardship. After battling a variety of health issues for many years, Cathy began to experience some new and troubling symptoms in 2017. She underwent multiple tests and was sadly diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She’s currently receiving a variety of exhausting treatments, all while caring for two small boys. Just as he has been since day one, Scott continues to stand by Cathy and support her through all that life throws at them. Wish Upon a Wedding loved meeting this wonderful couple and was thrilled to help them renew their vows.

They Still Do in Lexington

On February 7, 2019, Deborah and Greg gathered with family and friends to re-new their vows after 25 beautiful years of marriage. For the sweet couple, who first met as teenagers, the day was wonderful reminder of the great love they have for each other and the many obstacles they’ve faced together throughout the years.

For the past six years ago, Deborah has been battling breast cancer that has spread to her bones. Despite lengthy treatments and frequent pain, her joy remains. Wish Upon a Wedding was honored to hear Deborah and Greg’s story and to grant them this wish.

A Touching, Heartfelt, Lumberjack Themed, Snow-Filled, Oregon Wedding

A Touching, Heartfelt, Lumberjack Themed, Snow-Filled, Oregon Wedding

Heidi and Nate first met through an online dating site in 2017. They hit it off right away and quickly started seriously dating. In September of 2018, Heidi was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of liver cancer that had spread to her bile ducts. She’s endured intense chemotherapy and radiation and has recently switched to palliative care.

Wish Upon a Wedding was incredibly touched by Heidi and Nate’s beautiful love story and was honored to grant their wish for a wedding.