Summer is wedding season and for Lance and Tina, Wish Upon a Wedding St. Louis’ third wedding wish and first special circumstance wish recipients, this summer was no exception. On June 27, 2011 Lance married his caregiver, his partner and most importantly his best friend, Tina.
Tina and Lance met in 2008 while Tina was undergoing chemotherapy to treat stage four non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Lance stayed by her side the entire time. Tina had the opportunity to return the favor in early 2011 when Lance was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a genetic condition and form of end-stage renal failure. In March of 2011, Lance proposed and Wish Upon a Wedding St. Louis stepped in to help make their wedding dreams come true.
The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the trendy Westin St. Louis located in downtown and was attended by nearly 50 of the couple’s closest friends and family. All of the details of the event were coordinated and donated by Wish Upon a Wedding.
“We could not have done any of this without the tremendous support of our wish granters,” said Lacy Branch, President of the St. Louis chapter. “The backing we have received for our organization from the local wedding industry has just been phenomenal. We are so grateful for all of the enthusiasm and encouragement our chapter has experienced since its inception in April of 2010.”
Wish granters for the wonderful wedding included:
D’Shannon Llewellyn (bride’s make-up)
Downtime Productions (ceremony & reception music)
The Grand Hyatt St. Louis at the Arch (bride & grooms accommodations)
Lil Inspirations (custom embroidered hankie – WUW signature gift)
Party Booths Digital Photo Booth Rental (photobooth rental)
Sarah’s Cake Shop & Catering Co. (wedding cake)
Simply & Forever Event Planning (wedding coordinator)
St. Louis Ceremonies (officiant)
TenSixteen Photography (videography)
The Special Event Florist – Tina Barrera (floral design)
Todd Studios Stationery (stationery)
Untamed Heart Photography (photography)
Weinhardt Party Rentals (linens, chairs & lounge furniture)
The Westin St. Louis (venue)
Xcursions Salon (bride & bridesmaid hair)
Special thank you to Untamed Heart for the amazing photography.