Columbus is for Lovers

On May 9, 2018, Daniel and Morgan stood in front of family and friends and committed their lives to each other in a heartfelt ceremony in Columbus, OH. For this amazing couple, the day signified a bright spot in what has been an unbelievably challenging journey.

 

Daniel, an air force veteran, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Ewing Sarcoma cancer at just 21 years of age. Following his diagnosis, he moved home to Columbus to begin treatments. It was during this time that he met Morgan. From the very beginning, the two learned to lean on each other through everything.

While battling cancer and undergoing an exhaustive amount of tests and treatments, Daniel took it upon himself to go to college. On May 6, just 3 days before the wedding, he graduated from The Ohio State University. Daniel and Morgan are filled with hope for their future together and believe in taking each day as it comes. Their love story has inspired so many people and we were so blessed to witness it.

From the beautiful warm weather to the overwhelming generosity of our wish granters, Daniel and Morgan’s day could not have been more perfect. The ceremony and reception took place at Highline Car House in Columbus’ historic German Village. The gorgeous brick venue provided a breathtaking backdrop for bountiful bouquets of white and blush colored flowers, gourmet cuisine, sparkling twinkle lights and abundant personal touches, like authentic German soft pretzels (Daniel’s favorite!).

The couple mingled with guests, danced their socks off and was showered with cheers, touching speeches and love. Thanks Daniel and Morgan for sharing this incredibly special day with us. And special thanks to the long list of Wish Granters who went above and beyond to leave their mark on the event:

Planner: Something to Remember Event Services

Venue: Highline Car House

Catering: Two Caterers

Florist: Prema Designs

Photography: Rouxby

Videography: Little Tree Studios

Baker: Piece of Cake

Stationer: You’re Invited

Ribbon Styling: The Lesser Bear

DJ: Ohio Pro DJ

Bridal Hair: Goode Hair

Bridal Makeup: State of Face

Favors: Haufbrauhaus Columbus 

Photo Booth: The Columbus Photo Booth Company 

Escort Board: Emma Gilbert

Officiant: Kevin Hull

Groom’s Baber: Goodfellows Tonsorial Parlor

Linens: Nuage Designs

 

Say Hello to Lily and Grey Gifting Co.

Looking for a fun way to congratulate a newly engaged friend? Look no further than our amazing partner, Lily and Grey Gifting Co. The shop is owned by Melissa and Danielle, two sisters who love gift baskets and are passionate about giving back. The next time you need to send something that’s thoughtful and stylish, you’ll want to check them out! They offer a large selection of personalized boxes for that special person in your life. Whether it’s a new mamma, a bride-to-be or a distinguished gentleman, they have just what you’re looking for.

Lily and Grey firmly believes that it’s better to give than receive. In doing so, they generously donate 10% of all of their wedding box profits to Wish Upon a Wedding. So the next time you’re searching for the perfect gift for a bride or groom, stop by their site and have a look around. In addition to supporting this creative sister-sister team, you’ll be helping to further our mission of granting dream weddings to couples facing terminal illnesses or life-altering circumstances. Thanks Lily and Grey – we love working with you!

 

A Columbus Love Story – Daniel and Morgan

Your twenties are supposed to be one of the most carefree times in your life. For Daniel, a retired Air Force veteran, his twenties have been a mixture of sadness, pain, hardship and love. At just 21 years of age, Daniel was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Ewing Sarcoma cancer. He was stationed in Arizona at the time and developed an unsettling pain in his knee. Following a round of tests, Daniel received the news that no young person ever wants to hear. Soon after, he was honorably discharged from the Air Force and moved home to Columbus to begin treatments.

Shortly after moving home, Daniel met the love of his life while he was out with friends. He and Morgan felt an instant connection to one another and began dating soon after. Morgan was living in Cleveland at the time and Daniel drove to see her every weekend, despite his often-exhausting chemotherapy schedule. The couple got engaged on March 15th, 2017 on the 9th green of a local golf course. They had recently taken up the sport together and Daniel surprised her with a “will you marry me?” golf ball.

Throughout the last five years, Morgan and Daniel’s love has withstood a lot of adversity. In spite of Daniel’s surgeries and numerous treatment programs, the couple remains optimistic and active. Morgan has faithfully supported Daniel’s pursuit of a college degree and they are both looking forward to his graduation from The Ohio State University on May 6, 2018. When he’s not studying for finals or recovering from chemotherapy, Daniel and Morgan love to spend time outside and enjoying traveling, boating and snowboarding. Regardless of what the future may bring, they are committed to enjoying every moment together.

On May 9th, 2018, Daniel and Morgan will gather in front of family and friends to proclaim their love to one another. We are thrilled to make this day possible for them and are incredibly grateful for the amazing wish granters who have signed up to help us.

Planner: Something to Remember Event Services

Venue: Highline Car House

Catering: Two Caterers

Florist: Prema Designs

Photography: Rouxby

Videography: Little Tree Studios

Baker: Piece of Cake

Stationer: You’re Invited

Ribbon Styling: The Lesser Bear

DJ: Ohio Pro DJ

Bridal Hair: Goode Hair

Bridal Makeup: State of Face

Favors: Haufbrauhaus Columbus 

Photo Booth: The Columbus Photo Booth Company 

Escort Board: Emma Gilbert

Love in the City of Love – Kathy and Anthony

On January 31, 2018, Kathy and Anthony gathered in front of family and friends at Philadelphia’s historic Union Trust to recommit their love to each other in a touching and beautiful vow renewal ceremony. The couple first met while registering for classes in college, just over fifteen years ago. After a whirlwind courtship, they married, having dated for only one month – and they have been inseparable ever since. Three beautiful children and a whole lot of ups and downs later, Kathy and Anthony’s love is as strong as ever.

In 2011, Kathy received the news that no woman ever wants to hear. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer. With Anthony by her side, she endured a double mastectomy and months of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Through it all, Anthony steadied her with his positive attitude, encouragement and humor. In 2015, the couple learned that Kathy’s cancer had metastasized to her bones and in 2017 she underwent an invasive surgery to remove a large tumor from her brain.Kathy and Anthony’s vow renewal was a day they will both never forget. Union Trust’s towering windows showered the couple with brilliant sunshine as loved ones gathered around them to celebrate. The evening was filled with heartfelt toasts, delicious cuisine, and dancing.

 

We are so thankful to Kathy and Anthony and their family for sharing their story with us and to the amazing wish granters who helped make this special day possible.

Planner: Amelia’s Signature Events

Venue and Catering: Union Trust/Finley Catering

Photography: Ashley Gerrity Photography

Videography (Love Story): Aubert Films

DJ: East Coast Entertainment

Baker: Van Earl’s Cakes

Officiant: The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel

Florist: Event Loft

Stationery: Party Favors, Ink

Attire (wedding dress): The Dress Matters

Attire (Alterations): Style by Natalia

Beauty: Fashion Facez Artistry

Video (Wedding): MK Flav Wedding Films

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New York City Love Story – Lily and Chris

On October 22, 2017, Lilly and Chris gathered in front of family and loved ones for a quintessential New York City wedding. The couple met by happenstance through Chris’s brother nearly seven years ago and felt an undeniable connection to one another from day one. Despite love at first sight, their relationship hit a rough patch and ended not long after it began. While separated, they never forgot about each other and eventually decided to give their love another try. The second time was a charm. Chris proposed to the love of his life on Valentines Day in 2015 and the two have been dreaming about a wedding ever since.

Lilly was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and Dystonia as a young child. The conditions, which are debilitating at times, have had a profound effect upon the couple’s relationship. From doctor’s appointments to an aggressive medication schedule and often unpredictable and long lasting episodes, planning a wedding was truly overwhelming.

Wish Upon a Wedding was thrilled to grant this deserving couple the wedding of their dreams. From the personalized caricature invitations to the breathtaking venue and gorgeous flowers, the day was straight out of a fairy tale. The morning of the wedding, Lilly experienced a disappointing Parkinson’s episode and had to delay her bridal transformation. Miraculously, her episode ended when she donned her wedding dress and she enjoyed the rest of her amazing day symptom free.

Thanks to Lilly and Chris for allowing us to be apart of their journey and to Martha Stewart Weddings for featuring the event on their website. Special thanks also to all of the incredible wish granters who helped make this day so wonderful:

Wedding Planner: Leslie Mastin Events

Venue and Catering: Second Floor

Wedding Day Preparation Space: Kimpton Hotel Eventi

Stationery: Regas Studio

Photography: Hechler Photographers

Florist: L’Atelier Rouge

Videography: McKenzie Miller Films

Baker: Nine Cakes

Officiant: Lisa Traina

Wedding gown: Mark Ingram

Bridal Styling: The Stylish Bride

Hair: Tamara Bosworth

Make up: Kimara Ahnert Salon

Bridal Accessories: Nina

Tuxedo: Baldwin Formal

Jumbotron: Big Screen Plaza Jumbotron

China and Flatware: The Tabletop Company

Ceremony Music: Bianchi Musica

DJ and Photo Booth: Martin D’Arce

Lighting: Pegasus Productions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Wins in Louisiana – Twila and Chris

On October 9, 2017, Twila and Chris gathered in front of family and friends at The Crossing in New Orleans’ historic district to proclaim their love for one another in a touching and memorable wedding ceremony.

The couple first met during their freshman year in high school and instantly became best friends. Within a couple of years, they both knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Their relationship was soon put to the test when Twila’s family relocated to Alabama in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The distance and devastation that they both endured emboldened their love for each other and confirmed their commitment. Shortly after Katrina, Chris moved to Alabama to be with Twila.

It was while the couple was living together in Alabama that Chris began to suffer from frequent debilitating headaches. She awoke one night experiencing symptoms of nausea and dizziness and was unable to stand. Twila instantly knew something was wrong and rushed her to the hospital where it was discovered that she had a brain aneurysm that had ruptured. Chris spent a week in a coma and underwent a surgery to amputate her hand and a few fingers and toes. She spent more than a year in rehabilitation and physical therapy to re-learn everything. Through it all, Twila has remained by her side and has loved her through joy and sadness.

The couple’s wedding was the culmination of years of love in the face of adversity. The celebration was filled with beautiful toasts from family and friends, delicious food, dancing and fun nods to the couple’s New Orleans upbringing including Mardi Gras masks, French horns and parasols. Thank you so much Twila and Chris for allowing us to take part in your special day. Thanks also to our amazing wish granters who helped make it possible:

Planner: Unique Weddings in New Orleans

Venue & Catering: The Crossing

Baker: Frosted Fantasies

Decor: Candle Light Weddings in New Orleans

Entertainment/DJ: Audio Entertainment

Floral: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Photobooth: Photobooth Shenanigans

Photography: Hi Volt Studios

Pipe and Drape: Fleur De Lis Event Rentals

Stationery: Exquisite Events

Transportation: Unique Transportation

Videography: Bride Film

 

 

 

 

A Philadelphia Love Story: Kathy & Anthony

It goes without saying that college is a journey one embarks on to get a good education. But, this love story reminds us college can be more than books and brains; it was also the start to a love story. Kathy and Anthony crossed paths for the first time, at college over fifteen years ago, while registering for classes.

It did not take long for these two to knew they were soul mates. After being friends for four months and dating for just a month, Kathy and Anthony decided to get married. They tied the knot on January 31, 2002 at the local court house and have been inseparable ever since.

In October 2011, Kathy was faced with one of the biggest challenges of her life, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kathy underwent multiple treatments, which included a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. Anthony was by her side through it all. Kathy says Anthony taught her to fight and to live with a positive attitude, despite all of the obstacles. “I have never met anyone that makes me laugh the way he makes me laugh,” Kathy said of Anthony.

In 2015 Kathy and Anthony received the news the cancer had metastasized to her bones and in 2017, Kathy was told the cancer spread to her brain. She recently underwent surgery to remove a tumor which was taking up half her skull. Through all of the challenges, the couple remains optimistic and finds strength from in each other. Kathy says she views her cancer, not as a sickness but as a challenge that continues to test her.

Three children and over fifteen years later, Kathy and Anthony continue to be an example of how love and strength can get you through life’s challenges. The couple attributes their fifteen years of marriage to living for the other person’s happiness and continually working to make the other happy.

Kathy and Anthony are excited to have the wedding they have always dreamed of and a day away from the cancer. On January 31, 2018, they will reaffirm their vows surrounded by close friends and family at Union Trust in Philadelphia, PA.

Anthony said, “whether [we have] a year or another fifteen years, today is the best day and tomorrow will be even better”. We hope this wedding day will be one of their best yet.

Wish Upon a Wedding would like to give a special thank you to all of the amazing Wish Granters making this wedding possible:

Planner: Amelia’s Signature Events

Venue: Union Trust/ Finley Catering

Catering: Finley Catering

Baker: Van Earl’s Cakes

Bridal Gown: The Dress Matters

Bridal Gown Alterations: Style by Natalia LLC

Entertainment: East Coast Event Group

Florist: Event Loft

Makeup: Fashion Facez Artistry

Officiant: The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel

Photography: Ashley Gerrity Photography

Stationery: Party Favors Ink

Videography (wedding): MK Flav Wedding Films

A Southern California Wedding: Linda and Gabe

On Monday, November 6th 2017, Linda and Gabriel were married right before sunset and overlooking the ocean at The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad, California.

Linda and Gabriel (Gabe) met playing pool competitively. Their first date included a game of pool and they still play regularly.  Since pool is very important to the couple there were little elements incorporated throughout their wedding day. The couple took their rings off of a pool cue before placing them on each other’s fingers.  Planner Shelby also arranged a pool table for guests at the cocktail hour.

Things for this couple haven’t always been fun and games. About a year into their relationship, Gabriel went to the emergency room and was ultimately diagnosed with Leukemia. Gabe was blown away by the diagnosis. He immediately began to think about Linda and how she had just spent the last few years by her nephew’s side during his battle with cancer.  He didn’t feel he could ask her to stay with him while he fought. When he shared these thoughts with Linda her response was: “Shut it, we are going to beat this!”

It was after a bone marrow transplant, Gabe says he knew he wanted to marry Linda. “[It was] not just because she was an amazing caregiver, but she brings out the best of me, and I needed to make her my wife” said Gabe. Knowing how close Linda is to her family, Gabe asked her father, mother, brothers, and sister for their permission to marry her. Gabe had planned to propose on the anniversary of their first date, but after purchasing the ring he knew he couldn’t wait and ended up surprising her with a proposal at work.

On November 6th 2017, Linda and Gabe took the vows they were already living, in front of close friends and family. Singer songwriter Kylie Hughes performed live as the bride walked down the aisle and again at the reception as Linda and Gabe had their first dance. Friends and family danced to music from a live band, laughed, and celebrated into the evening.

Linda and Gabe originally met in Chicago and it was only once Gabe’s treatment was finished that they moved to be near the beach and warmer weather. The ocean view and palm leaf décor helped play up the southern California vibe for the couple and their out of town guests.

Linda and Gabe are so in love and have such big hearts. The couple also volunteers as mentors for Imerman Angels, a one on one cancer support community connecting cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers.

We are so thankful to Linda and Gabe for allowing us to share their love story and be part of their special day.  We would like to thank all of our amazing Wish Granters who are making generous donations of time and services to make this day possible for Linda and Gabe:

Planner: Simply Classic Events LLC

Venue: Grand Pacific Palisades Resort

Baker: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Bridal Hair and Makeup: Elwynn + Cass Style Bar

Bridal Party Hair: Belle Sirene Salon

Bridal Party Makeup: Tina Balboa

Catering: Bekker’s Catering

Entertainment: Encore Entertainment

Entertainment: Kylie Hughes

Favors: Sugarplum Farm

Florist: Blooms by Bressa Lee

Linen: Nuage Design

Mocktails: Snake Oil Cocktail

Officiant: The Great Officiants

Photography: The Good Photographer

Photo Booth: SocialLight Photobooth

Pool Table Rental: West State Billiards

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Spray Tans: San Diego Sunless

Stationery: Love Notes Stationary

Wedding Shoes: Kate Whitcomb

Videography: Hoo Films

Watch their wedding video here:

A Las Vegas Vow Renewal: Tina and Shawn

On Thursday, September 28th, 2017 Tina and Shawn reaffirmed their commitment to each other in a vow renewal ceremony held at the Downtown Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The rooftop terrace made for the perfect ceremony backdrop and guests danced and celebrated under beautiful chandeliers in the ballroom.

Tina and Shawn met over 24 years ago at work. Although, Tina regularly asked her coworkers about Shawn they met through an act of fate. One morning, when Tina was locked out of the office, Shawn was there to help.  After that initial meeting, they kept running into each other, and that eventually turned into spending their lunch breaks together and finally to dates. They both say it was really love at first sight.

Tina and Shawn both said that when they were apart all they could do was think about the other. Tina said, “I didn’t ever want him to not be in my life, this is the person I jive so well with”.  Shawn says he had similar thoughts and knew he had to marry Tina. He proposed to her on one knee with a flower in one hand and a ring in the other. Tina and Shawn were married in 2002 in small ceremony at a nearby park.

In 2014, Tina started to feel ill constantly.  She visited multiple doctors and underwent numerous tests.  Finally, in 2015 she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, but by this time the disease was in the advanced stages. Tina bravely said, “I know that I am going to die but I want to live as long as I can without giving into it mentally, I want to be the best I can be until it happens”.

Tina and Shawn have been a beautiful example of love, living the vows they took 15 years ago, to love each other in sickness and in health. Tina said, “I haven’t been to anything by myself since all of this started, he has been to every appointment with me, he is such a good listener, he has even come home from work when I needed him”. Tina and Shawn had a wish to recommit their vows to each other surrounded by their friends and family, and that is exactly what they did on September 28th, 2017.

Tina and Shawn shared an intimate first look before the ceremony.  Close friends and family lined the rooftop isles. Guests shared smiles and tears of joy as the couple reaffirmed their commitment to each other.

After the ceremony, everyone moved down to the ballroom to continue the celebration with dinner and dancing. The photo booth added another element of fun to the evening and the dance floor was only empty when the bride and groom were cutting the cake.

Throughout the entire day, the love these two have for each other could be seen in the way they looked at each other. Thank you, Tina and Shawn, for allowing Wish Upon a Wedding to share in your love story and be a to be a part of your special day.

Wish Upon a Wedding would also like to thank our Las Vegas Chapter and all of the amazing Wish Granters who donated their time and services to make Tina and Shawn’s day amazing:

Venue & Catering: Downtown Grand Hotel

Planner: Weddings & Events by Emily

Baker: Freed’s Bakery

Bridal Gown: Silhouette Bridal Boutique

DJ: Mike Fox & Company

Favors: Patchi Chocolate

Florist: Cultivated Goods

Hair & Makeup: Lori J White

Linen: Nuage Designs

Officiant: Elegant Vegas Weddings

Pastry Station: Rolling In Dough Bakery

Photobooth: Smash Booth

Photographer: KMH Photography

Rentals: By Dzign, LLC

Videography: Active Motion Media, LLC

An Oregon Wedding: Melanie and Brian

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On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Melanie and Brian were married at the beautiful Gray Gables Estate in Portland, Oregon. The couple said their vows in an intimate ceremony surrounded by close friends and family.

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Melanie and Brian met on myspace.com almost ten years ago. Over time, they realized their friendship was naturally turning into a relationship. Shortly after Brian and Melanie started dating, Melanie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and terminal brain cancer. Since then, she has been through multiple surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments. Unfortunately, since her most recent surgery the tumor has grown back larger than before. Melanie continues to undergo a combination therapy reduce the tumor’s size.

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On July 26th, all health concerns took a backseat and the couple was showered with love and support from friends and family. The We Plan It team helped bring the couples rock and roll star theme to life. One of the couple’s guitars was even used as a guest book. They plan to display the signed guitar on a wall in their home.

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The weather was perfect and the bride looked stunning in her dress donated from Brides for a Cause. Melanie also chose pin roll curls for her hair to match the rock and roll theme. The groom and groomsmen looked handsome and from Hollywood wearing long suit jackets with pin stripes.

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The love this couple has for each other was visible throughout the entire day. They shared a few tears, huge smiles, tons of laughs, and danced into the evening.

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“You know you love a person when you learn you can’t live without the person” said Brian. Already living the vows in sickness and in health and regardless of the prognosis, Melanie and Brian are committed to spending the time they together and now as husband and wife.

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A special thank you to our amazing Wish Granters for helping to make this wedding day wonderful:

 

Planner: We Plan It

Venue: Gray Gables Estate

Baker: Laurie Clarke Cakes LLC

Beauty: Tina at Glamourise

Catering: Gray Gables Estate

Entertainment: Maurice Eaton

Florist: Blum Design in Flowers

Linen: Nuage Design

Officiant: Jason Presser

Photo Booth: Stumptown Booth

Photography: Ambient Sky

Stationery: Allison Sims

Videography:  RP Imagery

Wedding Dress: Brides for a Cause

Watch the wedding video here:

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