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.
Shelley and William first met in 1994 through one of Shelley’s co-workers. They started dating immediately and soon after had their first child. 10 months later they had another baby. The next ten years were spent trying to get to know one another and figure out life with two small children. Throughout that time, they battled a lot of hardships but came out on the other side stronger. A few years ago, William began to experience some unexplained health problems. Despite numerous doctor visits, they were never able to get any good answers. On April 11th of last year, William had a stroke and collapsed at the grocery store. He spent the next 77 days in the hospital with a slew of harrowing complications including having a heart valve replaced, being intubated for months and spending 34 days in a coma. On more than one occasion, he was clinging to life. William was ultimately diagnosed with interstitial lung disease with pulmonary fibrosis. His conditioned as progressed considerably and his only hope for survival is a double lung transplant, which as of now, he has not been able to qualify for. Wish Upon a Wedding fell for this sweet couple and simply loved granting their wish for a vow renewal.
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.
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.
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.
Kerry and Kiernon first met when they were home from college on a break. They fell in love and ended up getting married just 10 months later. Two months into their marriage, Kerry unexpectedly collapsed while on the treadmill at the gym. She went into cardiac arrest and was air lifted to a near by hospital where she was diagnosed with a very serious heart condition. She underwent a surgery to have a defibrillator implanted. Over the next 18 years, they had four beautiful children and Kerry was able to manage her heart condition fairly well until having another massive heart episode. Six months later, it happened again and her condition began to rapidly worsen. She was put on a list for a heart transplant and got the call on September 12, 2017. During her surgery, she suffered major complications, which resulted in a stroke. She spent seven weeks in the hospital and countless months in rehab learning how to do everything again. Throughout it all, Kiernon has been her rock.
We have loved meeting and getting to know Kerry and Kiernon and were honored to grant their wish for a 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.
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.
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.
Esther and Ernesto first met by happenstance a few years ago at a local restaurant. After dating for several years, they decided to start a family together but were forced to give up on that dream when Esther was diagnosed with an aggressive form of hormone-fueled triple negative breast cancer in early 2018.
Wish Upon a Wedding fell head over heals for this sweet couple and was thrilled to grant them their magical wedding wish.
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. After many years they reconnected and immediately hit it off. Before long they fell in love and began planning a life together.
Unfortunately, cancer had other plans for Angela and Brad’s relationship. After previously battling cancer twice in the past, Angela was diagnosed with an aggressive form of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to her spleen. Wish Upon a Wedding loved meeting this incredible couple and was honored to grant their wish for a wedding.
On December 9, 2018, Dalen and Stacie stood before family and close friends to unite their lives together at The Studios at Overland Crossing. For the couple, who first met and fell in love online, despite having 500 miles between them, the day celebrated a bond that has faced enormous challenges.
Stephanie and Darryl first met at a friend’s party a few years back. Just six months into their relationship, Stephanie received the news that no young woman wants to hear. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Wish Upon a Wedding loved meeting this sweet couple and was thrilled to to grant them this wish.
On October 11, 2018, Ashlee and Brett stood before family and friends to commit their lives to one another. For the young couple, the past few years have been a host of joys and sorrow involving the birth of their son and a serious cancer diagnosis.
Wish Upon a Wedding was thrilled to grant this sweet couple a wish and was honored to take part in their beautiful day.
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.