In Loving Memory of Mandy

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Mandy, one of our wish recipients, has lost her long battle with pancreatitis. Mandy and Derek were married in a beautiful ceremony on July 7, 2016 in Indianapolis, In. We were honored to be a part of their very special day and wish their family all of our love and sympathy as their mourn the loss of Mandy.

A Love That Has Stood the Test of Time

On August 26th, 2018, Claudia and Dan stood on the steps of the beautiful Mountain View Manor in Glen Spey, NY and professed their love and devotion to one another in the company of family and friends. To say that they had waited for this day for a long time is an understatement – they’ve been happily dating for the past 29 years.

Claudia and Dan first met in 1989 when a mutual friend introduced them. They began dating right away and welcomed their first baby a year later. Soon after becoming parents, Dan proposed. While the couple had always intended to marry, life became busy and their wedding was pushed to the back burner. They went on to have another child and have spent the past 29 years making wonderful memories together. To all of their friends, Claudia and Dan are viewed as one – they are hardly ever apart and love to be around each other.

In 2012, Claudia was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Following a painful and aggressive treatment plan that included a double mastectomy and a full hysterectomy, her cancer returned and metastasized to her bones. Through all of her ups and downs, Dan has remained her rock and her comfort.

We were honored to grant this wish for Claudia and Dan. From the gorgeous sunny day, to the breathtaking flowers, delicious cuisine and amazing band, it was a celebration to remember. The couple enjoyed a day of toasts, dancing, cake and most of all, love. We are so incredibly thankful for all of the amazing wish granters to showed up to make the day so special. Thank you!

Planner: Brilliant Event Planning 

Venue/Catering: Mountain View Manor

Photo: Sasithon Photography

Video: Pioneer Media

Beauty: Beautini

Floral: Winston Flowers 

Baker: Elliegant Cakes

Stationer: Bella Figura, NYC

Gown: Amsale Aberra

Music: On the Move

Officiant: Rev Richard Rodriguez, Tri State Weddings

 

A New York Wedding – 29 Years in the Making

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.

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.

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!

Planner: Brilliant Event Planning

Venue/Catering: Mountain View Manor

Photo: Sasithon Photography

Video: Pioneer Media

Beauty: Beautini

Floral: Winston Flowers

Baker: Elliegant Cakes

Stationer: Bella Figura, NYC

Gown: Amsale Aberra

Music: On the Move

Officiant: Rev Richard Rodriguez, Tri State Weddings

A Fairytale New York Wedding

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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!

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

A Colorado Love Story

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.

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.

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!

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 

Chase and Alexa: A Beautiful NYC Love Story

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.

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.

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:

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

 

A Last Wish Love Story

Five years ago, Chase and Alexa met through a mutual friend and bonded over their interest in martial arts and Parkour. Shortly after meeting, they went on their first date and have been inseparable ever since. This past year, Chase was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer called DSRCT. Despite numerous rounds of experimental chemotherapy, his cancer and tumors have continued to spread. The couple had hoped to marry in Boston, near their hometown, later this month but Chase’s health has unfortunately continued to decline.

Wish Upon a Wedding is honored to help Chase live out his last last dying wish of marrying the love of his life. Their wedding will take place TODAY at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City.

We couldn’t have pulled off this last minute wish with the incredible generosity of our wish granters – thank you so much!!

Wedding Planner: Tammy Golson Events

Photographer: JC Lemon Photography

Hair and Make-Up: SB Beauty

Officiant: Carissa Templeton

Videographer: 15 Minutes of Frame

Music: Elizabeth Nicholas Synnott

Florist: Gabrielle G! Floral Design

Gown: Gabriella New York

A Mountain Top Love Story

Katie and Erik first met while they were both enrolled in graduate school for teaching. While they initially bonded over their desire to invest in the lives of young people, they soon discovered that they had a lot more in common. Throughout their time in school they developed a deep friendship centered around a love of art, theater, hiking, and Game of Thrones marathons. In July of 2016 the two began dating and were soon inseparable.

Following graduation, Katie and Erik both took jobs at high school teachers – he teaches history and government and she teaches English and literature. In December of 2017, Erik surprised Katie with an engagement ring. “I’m not one to cry, but it was so sweet and I was so surprised,” said Katie.

Just 11 days after their beautiful engagement, Katie received some devastating news from her doctor. A few months earlier, she had discovered a lump in her neck that seemed to be growing and was making it difficult for her to breath. After several rounds of tests, she was finally given a diagnosis – Leukemia.

She underwent surgery immediately and then embarked upon a lengthy and difficult chemotherapy regiment. The chemo eradicated her immune system, forcing her to take a leave of absence from her beloved teaching job. Katie recently finished her treatments and is looking forward to a summer of recovery.

Wish Upon a Wedding was honored to hear Katie and Erik’s story and is looking forward to giving them the wedding of their dreams. As with all of our wishes, we couldn’t do it without the generosity and goodwill of the many wish granters who have signed up to help:

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 New York Love Story

When Karen first met Rich in 1988, she knew it was love at first sight. She was a senior in high school at the time and Rich had already graduated and was in college. Their first date was to a friend’s Halloween party and they immediately hit it off. They wrote letters to each other throughout college and spent their weekends traveling to see one another. In 1993, Rich proposed to Karen in his parents driveway and the two were married a year later in Jamaica.

“We had a destination wedding before they were cool,” joked Karen. Her sister had recently had a huge wedding and they were more interested in saving up for a house. They got married in a very small, low-key ceremony with just a few family members standing by. From that day forward, they have been inseparable. “We are literally one person,” said Karen. “Our relationship has been so easy,” added Rich. “We are partners in everything.”

Throughout the years, Karen and Rich have enjoyed a beautiful life side by side. “We love being outside, cooking together, tasting new craft beers, and spending time with our daughters,” said Rich.

This past September, just one month after sending their youngest daughter off to college, Karen began to notice some unsettling changes in her body. She had been a cycling instructor for years and began to experience unexplained shoulder and rib pain. After adamantly complaining to her doctor, Karen underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. “We had spent so many years raising our girls and preparing them for college and were so excited to begin a new phase of life together,” said Karen.

She immediately underwent an aggressive treatment program, which included a full hysterectomy and months of intense chemotherapy. Throughout it all, Rich has been her biggest supporter and encourager. “He takes such good care of me,” she said. “No matter how I feel or what kind of mood I’m in, he is always so loving, gentle and kind to me.”

The two will renew their vows on July 19th, 2018 on the grounds of the picturesque Cedar Lake Estates. Karen and Rich cannot wait to recommit their lives to each other and to celebrate the wonderful years that they have had together with their daughters and dear friends.

We could not be more honored to grant this wish for Karen and Rich and are so thankful for the wish granters who have signed up to make their day incredibly special:

Planner: Loli Events

Venue and Caterer: Cedar Lake Estates

Stationery: Christa Alexandra Designs

Photographer: Trent Bailey Studio

Videographer: McKenzie Miller Films

Ceremony and Reception Music: Jordan Kahn Music Company

Gown: Lovely Bride

Gown Alterations: Our Story Bridal

Ceremony Renewal Bands: Original Eve

Florist: Buds of Brooklyn

Linens: Nuage Designs

Southern Lovin’

On June 7, 2018, Tracy and Martin stood before family and loved ones and gave their lives to each other in a beautiful ceremony at the Restore House in Tulsa, OK. The day was draped in rays of sunshine, cooler than normal temperatures and lots of love.

For Tracy, the day was a dream come true. In 2017 she was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, which then metastasized to her lungs. Throughout the past year, she’s fought hard to remain joyful and positive, despite an aggressive and often painful treatment schedule. Martin has remained by her side though it all and their love has given her a strength she didn’t know she had.

The day went off without a hitch. From the vibrant flowers to the delicious food, fun photo booth and personal touches, like a hand blown glass pour, our wish granters truly outdid themselves. Guests lounged in beautiful furniture from Red Poppy Vintage Designs, kids played on the Restore House’s fun tire swing and everyone feasted on wedding cake from Laurannae Baking Co and an adorable Harley Davidson groom’s cake from You Need a Cake.

 

Tracy and Martin laughed with friends, listened to touching speeches and enjoyed a day where cancer wasn’t the focal point. Thank you so much to our amazing wish granters for their incredible generosity. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Venue: Restore House

Planner: Savy Social Co.

Catering: Harris Custom Catering

Florist: Rootstock Floral Design

Photography: Plum Pretty Weddings

Videographer: Reedemed Productions

Stationer: No Regrets, OKC

Cake: Laurannae Baking Co

DJ: Austin Smith Events

Photo Booth: Pikcher Booth

Hair: Tracy Archer

Make up Artist: Kelsey Kruse

Groom’s cake: You Need a Cake

Custom Glass Blown Heart: Bella Forte Glass Studio

Officiant: OKC Wedding Officiants, John Snelson

Vintage Furniture: Red Poppy Vintage Rentals

Linens: Nuage Designs