Michael and Tonica: A Tennessee Love Story

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Michael and Tonica met online eleven years ago. After talking over the phone for a while (necessary since they lived 80 miles apart at the time) they decided to meet up for their first date. They both knew, at the very least, if the date didn’t work out they had a lot in common and would remain friends. The date however, exceeded expectations and there were many more to follow. Seven years later in 2014 Michael asked Tonica to marry him, and she agreed.

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Instead of planning their wedding right after the engagement, they postponed the wedding to buy their dream home with the hopes of one day getting married on their own property. After multiple projects, including a complete barn rehab they finally started to think about their dream wedding.

Unfortunately, around this same time Michael suffered a seizure unexpectedly while driving. This seizure is what would lead the doctors to find his lung cancer. Michael was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer, in August 2016, which he is currently undergoing treatment for.

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Through the good times and bad they have stuck together, and grown even closer. “We are committed to having a relationship that our children can be proud of and one that they would want,” said Tonica. The wedding is now more important than ever for them because “tomorrow is not promised” said Tonica. The couple is looking forward to celebrating their love surrounded by close friends and family.

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We are so excited to grant Michael and Tonica’s Wedding Wish on April 1, 2017 in Jonesborough, TN at Grace Meadows Farm.

A huge thank you to all of our wonderful Wish Granters helping to make Michael and Tonica’s day special:

Venue: Grace Meadows Farm

Beauty: Bat N Rouge Beauty

Cake: Embrue House

Catering: Braeden’s Barbeque

Florist: Southern Knot Weddings

Officiant: Catherine Redwine

Photography (love story): Photo Tech Photography

Photography (wedding day): Cable Photography

Stationery: Stationery Bliss

Videography: Redbird Project 323

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Craig and Deena: A Wisconsin Love Story

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Craig and Deena met randomly almost six years ago and have been together ever since. Deena, after spending the entire day at the Wisconsin State Fair with her friends, stopped in to a corner bar for a quick drink. That same night Craig received a call from his cousin that he was nearby and wanted meet up before he headed back home. When Deena and her friend walked into the bar she sat right next to Craig. They struck up casual conversation, but Deena said she was immediately attracted to Craig. They talked the rest of the night and finally exchanged numbers before leaving the bar. Craig knew Deena was special and didn’t want to waste any time getting to know her. He called the very next day to take her out on their first date, to the Wisconsin State Fair and they have been inseparable ever since.

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They were engaged for about a month when Craig was first diagnosed with esophageal cancer. For the next year their lives were filled with chemo, radiation, emergency rooms, and hospital stays. “Life has completely changed for us after having esophageal cancer,” says Craig. “I couldn’t be more thankful for having my fiancé in my life”.

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While Craig and Deena have been through so much they still find time to make each other smile. Craig said that Deena has been so encouraging and their relationship is stronger than ever. Their love for each other is visibly strong and so genuine. They cannot wait to get married, start a family and live up every moment they can together.

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We are so excited to make this wedding wish come true for such an amazing couple. A February 26th wedding is scheduled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Black Swan.

A special thank you to our amazing Wish Granters who are helping to make this Wish possible:

Planner: Cherry Blossom Events

Venue: Black Swan

Attire (Bride): Eva’s Bridal Center

Attire (Groom): Black Tux

Beauty (hair and makeup): Wide Eye Beauty

Cake: Eat Cake!

Catering: North Star Catering

DJ: Torie Gamez of Sound By Design

Florist: Dahlia Blooms

Officiant: Rev. Elizabeth Burgert of Simple Ministry

Photography: Maison Meredith Photography 

Rentals: Canopies Events

Stationery: Minted

Video: One Fine Day Productions

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Robby and Lindsay: A North Carolina Love Story

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Robby met Lindsay for the first time in 2006 at the local fire department. They were both working in emergency services and became acquaintances, talking anytime they would see each other.

Their paths crossed again in 2011 when Robby ended up teaching part of Lindsay’s paramedic classes. After graduating from the program Lindsay started working for the EMS where she would run into Robby on the job more frequently. Eventually after a few weeks Robby asked Lindsay out on a date. It was this first dinner where they both fell in love.

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Robby works for multiple facilities and wears many hats. He works part time as a Critical Care Flight Medic, part time as a paramedic for local events, is on the board of the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics and teaches at a local community colleges. With this work ethic you would never know that Robby has suffered from renal issues since he was a child. He has undergone three transplant surgeries and all three surgeries have failed. He is currently undergoing dialysis and awaiting a fourth kidney.

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“In addition to all of his work stuff that he has to struggle through he still finds the time to come home and make me feel special and loved,” Lindsay said of Robby. He is also a wonderful father to his two boys. Robby and Lindsay love to take family vacations with his two boys in their camper whenever they can.

In 2014 the family took a trip to the botanical gardens. After taking photos and admiring the beautiful flowers Lindsay turned around to see the boys holding signs that said “will you marry us” and Robby holding a beautiful ring. She of course said yes!

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Lindsay and Robby continue to fall more and more in love with each other every day. This spring we will make their wedding wish come true at the beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Wish Upon a Wedding would like to give a special thank you to all the amazing Wish Granters helping to make Lindsay and Robby’s wedding wish come true:

Venue: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 

Wedding Planner: Marsha Pruitt of the Event Host

Beverage Rentals: Bartenders Plus

Bridal Attire: Classic Bride & Formals

Cake: WOW Factor Cakes & Desserts

Calligraphy: Ruth Hand Calligraphy

Caricature: Caricatures By Joel

Catering: Catering By Tara

Entertainment: DJ America

Florist: Lily Greenthumb’s Wedding & Event Design

Hotel Stay: Hampton Inn

Officiant: Brad Hall

Photography: Katherine Elena Photography

Rentals: Simply Charming of Monroe

Stationary: Red Stone Press

Videographer: DJ America

 

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Tanisha & Tony: A Virginia Love Story

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“Our relationship is special because we met during difficult times in each other’s lives and have continued to make it through difficult times. Not to mention, Tony has the same disease that my father had. I feel in tune with him and feel that no matter what we will always share a bond,” Tanisha genuinely explained.

Tanisha and Tony met in 2010 on a dating website. They quickly became inseparable, even with hectic schedules due to working multiple jobs, Tanisha was in school and they also had other personal family obligations. Time quickly passed as they created a special life together as a couple. Though they lived separately, they always found a way to spend time with one another. “We traveled, made plans and worked through life’s obstacles together. We always had a ball whether it was at home talking and watching TV or traveling. We shared the same passion for entrepreneurship and self-improvement,” added Tanisha.

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Things changed drastically starting in 2012. Tanisha’s father passed away. Shortly after, Tony’s donated kidney was failing and he’d soon have to go on dialysis. Tony has been fighting End-Stage Renal Disease since he was 21 years old. He received a kidney transplant in 1994 and lived well until the transplant failed in 2012. Since then, Tony has had dialysis 3 times each week and has suffered a major blow to his health and quality of life. Unless Tony gets another transplant, his quality of life will continue to diminish.

In April 2016, Tony’s health took a major nose dive. He was hospitalized for the better part of a month with all types of health issues. He had to undergo physical therapy and have a health aide come to the house to assist with his well being. And then the kicker came, on July 8, 2016 Tony was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. As the cancer is newly diagnosed, they do not know what to expect at this point. He is undergoing a lot of tests and appointments to figure out next steps.

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No matter what, Tanisha and Tony wouldn’t let anything get in the way of their love and their commitment to one another. “Tony’s illness and the relating problems prevented us from realizing our ceremony in 2015, however we still went to the Justice of Peace and got married. We lost a lot of money due to Tony being sick and we were not able to have the official ceremony and celebration.”

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We are overjoyed to grant Tanisha and Tony’s Vow Renewal Wish on February 26, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia, alongside our talented Wedding Planner and Wish Ambassador, Andrew Roby, and his generous team of Wish Granters. We cannot wait to celebrate Tanisha and Tony’s love next month and offer them their fabulous celebration they’ve always dreamed of together. After all, Virginia is for Lovers!

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Thank you ahead of time to Tanisha and Tony’s Wish Granters (below) who are donating their services, products, time and effort. We are grateful for you all and can’t wait to continue announcing more Wish Granters!

Planning & Wish Ambassador: Andrew Roby Events

Photography: Ronnie Bliss Studios

Videography: AVS Photo & Video

Wedding Venue: Top of the Town 

Catering: La Prima Catering

Decor Rentals: Cre8tive Touch Events & Rentals

Lighting: The Light Source Company

Cake: Winnie’s Bakery

Invitations & Paper Goods: The Davis Designs

Custom Champagne Flutes: Eikoh Design Studios

Groom Attire: The Black Tux

Bridal Makeup Artist: Vivian Wynter

Bridesmaid Makeup Artist: Denyelle D. Beauty

Bridal Hair: Alison Harper & Company, LLC

Bride Attire: Cherry Blossom Bridal

Officiant: Ronald “Ray” Wilson

Wedding Night Hotel Stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

Paper Flower Backdrop: Creative Forte Events & Paper Flowers

Wedding Garter: The Garter Girl

Tiffany and James’ Southern California Wedding Wish

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Tiffany’s lifelong dream was to marry a man that completed her heart to the fullest. That dream was brought to life by an amazing group of Wish Granters on November 22nd 2016 at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA. The water and palm trees provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and the bride and groom were all smiles as they said their vows.

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Tiffany and James met online and knew from the first date, this was something special. They have been together ever since. “I have never felt this way before and truly believe he was sent to me by God,” Tiffany said of her feelings for now husband James.

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Tiffany’s battle with cancer started with her diagnosis of Leiomyosarcoma. She was considered stable when she and James met. Two years into their relationship, she received news the cancer returned.

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Tiffany and James believe in enjoying each day to the fullest and that is exactly what they did on their special day with close family and friends surrounding them.

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Wish Upon a wedding would like to thank the following Wish Granters for helping to make this Wedding Wish come true:

Venue & Catering: Monarch Beach Resort

Wedding Planner: de Luxe Events 

Beauty: Beach Bridal Beauty

Bridal Salon: Monamie 

Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery 

Cinema: Expressionary Films

Entertainment: Luxury Dj’s

Florals: Little Hill Floral Design

Grooms Tuxedo Rental: Friar tux

Linens: Luxe Linens

Officiant: Great Officiants 

Photo Booth: What A Blast Photo Booth

Photography: Lin and Jirsa 

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Stationery: Calligraffiti

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Lisa and Del: A Southern California Vow Renewal

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On November 21st Lisa and Del reaffirmed their love for each other 38 years from the day they originally said I do.

Highway 39 Event Center was the perfect venue for a car enthusiast like Del. Close friends and family shared smiles and tears of joy as Lisa walked down the aisle toward her husband. Less than a year ago, Del received a cancer diagnosis and on this day, the cancer took a backseat in their lives as they promised to continue to love each other in sickness and in health.

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Lisa and Del are the perfect example of limitless love. They are selfless and fun loving people and you could see the special bond in the way they look at each other.  Their love has only grown stronger over the last 38 years and will continue to grow stronger in the years to come.

It was such a privilege of Wish Upon a Wedding to help this couple celebrate their love.  A special thank you to all of our wish granters who helped to make this day possible:

Venue: Highway 39 Event Center

Wedding Planner: The Events Boutique

Bridal Hair & Makeup: Studio MM&B

Bridal Gown: Bridal Elegance

Catering: Summit Event Catering

EntertainmentHilo Productions

Florals: Flower Allie

Groom’s Tuxedo: Friar Tux

Officiant: Donna Baranyay

PhotographyKLK Photography

PhotoboothUmbra Photobooth

Stationary: Invitation Parlour

Videography: Isabel Cinémathèque

Cake: Sweet Art Cake

Watch their wedding video here:

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A DC Vow Renewal Wish Come True for Shonte & Lavoisier

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On December 4, 2016 friends and family of Shonte and Lavoisier gathered inside of The City Club DC for a vow renewal led by Leora Willis of With This Ring I Thee Wedd. Programs graced each chivari chair and softly lit trees provided the perfect backdrop for Shonte and Lavoisier’s vows.

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Shonte and Lavoisier met in high school through a mutual friend.  They have been together for sixteen years and married for ten. The past ten years have had ups and downs for the couple.  They have traveled the world, but have also faced Shonte’s breast cancer diagnosis. No matter what life brings their way they support and encourage each other. They are silly and they know how to have a good time. After ten years their relationship is stronger than ever and their attraction to each other is undeniable.

There were both smiles and tears of joy as, Shonte walked down the aisle to her husband. She was an absolutely stunning bride.

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The bride and groom decided to bring their fun-loving personalities into the vow renewal by making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich together as their unity ceremony. How much fun is that (and delicious!)?

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After the vows were said, guests entered the ballroom, which showcased elegant sprinkles of the couple’s color palette: gold and teal. Marilyn Patterson of Joyous Events LLC, was instrumental in organizing the day and making this vision come to life.

Toasts from friends again brought tears and laughter before everyone was on the dance floor.

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Congratulations again to Shonte and Lavoisier. We can’t thank you enough for allowing us to play a role in such a special memory.

Wish Upon a Wedding would also like to thank the generous Wish Granters who donated 100% of their product and services to grant this wedding wish:

Venue & Catering: City Club DC

Wedding Planner: Marilyn Patterson of Joyous Events LLC

Officiant: Leora Willis of With This Ring I Thee Wed

Videographer: Toy Box Productions

Photography (love story): Toy Box Productions

Photography (wedding): Memories of Bliss Photography

Décor: Gems By M

Invitations: Fingers In Ink

Cake: Couture Cakes by Sabrina

Hair & Makeup: Leontyne Reaves

Entertainment/DJ: Municipal Media Services

Floral: Pretty Petals

Watch their wedding video here:

 

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Shonte and Lavoisier: A DC Love Story

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In high school, a young lady in marching band and a young man in the JROTC program crossed paths… and have been together ever since. Shonte was presented with a promise ring the night of their prom, and woke up with an engagement ring one morning in college when Lavoisier visited her dorm.

For the past sixteen years, ten of which they’ve been married, Shonte and Lavoisier haven’t known a life without one another. Shonte is a nurse by profession, and in 2006 Lavoisier graduated from ROTC as an Army officer. Lavoisier was in the Army Reserves where he worked in IT Security for the Pentagon until Shonte got diagnosed with breast cancer.

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When asked what they value most in one another, Shonte shared that Lavoisier is the driving force behind her positivity during her illness. She says that he has an overwhelmingly calm presence about him, that he’s loyal and that should isn’t sure she’d be able to function without him.

It’s clear that Lavoisier feels the same about Shonte, stating that she’s goofy and can laugh at any time of the day about anything. He says he truly believes that opposites attract and he loves being around her.

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No strangers to travel and adventure because of Lavoisier’s military career, the two start laughing when asked about their travels and a memory that stood out to them. When Shonte and Lavoisier lived in Alaska, there were hot springs. Due to the condensation of the hot/cold, Shonte slipped right onto her backside and Lavoisier was cracking up and filming the experience on their video camera!

Shonte and Lavoisier are a couple that know how to laugh and have a good time. They encourage one another and just like their own love story has proven they will help one another through the challenging times and will celebrate together on joyous occasions.

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Wish Upon a Wedding Philadelphia is looking forward to celebrating a vow renewal with Shonte and Lavoisier in December of 2016.

Wish Upon a Wedding would like to thank the following Wish Granters for helping to make this Wedding Wish true:

Venue & Catering: City Club DC

Wedding Planner: Marilyn Patterson of Joyous Events LLC

Officiant: Leora Willis of With This Ring I Thee Wed

Videographer: Toy Box Productions

Photography (love story): Toy Box Productions

Photography (wedding): Memories of Bliss Photography

Décor: Gems By M

Invitations: Fingers In Ink

Cake: Couture Cakes by Sabrina

Hair & Makeup: Leontyne Reaves

Entertainment/DJ: Municipal Media Services

Floral: Pretty Petals

Watch their love story video here:

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37 Years and Counting: Lisa and Del’s Southern California Love Story

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Lisa was introduced to Del when she was 19 years old by her cousin who went to the same high school as Del. His kindness is what she fell in love with. After being married for 37 years, she is still as in love as she was when she met him.

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They have a love that they hope their kids will follow. Through the years, their love continues to grow. 9 months ago, Del was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. They pray everyday for healing so they can continue to grow old together.

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Lisa and Del will have their dream wedding this November at the Highway 39 Event Center. Wish Upon a Wedding Southern California would like to thank the following Wish Granters for making this Wedding Wish true:

Venue: Highway 39 Event Center

Wedding Planner: The Events Boutique

Bridal Hair & Makeup: Studio MM&B

Bridal Gown: Bridal Elegance

Catering: Summit Event Catering

Entertainment: Hilo Productions

Florals: Flower Allie

Groom’s Tuxedo: Friar Tux

Officiant: Donna Baranyay

Photography: KLK Photography

Photobooth: Umbra Photobooth

Stationary: Invitation Parlour

Videography: Isabel Cinémathèque

Watch their beautiful love story here:

 

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Wish Upon a Wedding’s 100th Wish Granted to Anne and Jon in Chicago

Anne and Jon celebrated their wedding day Sunday, October 23rd at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago among their closest family and friends. Anne and Jon’s Wedding marked the organization’s 100th wish granted and a huge milestone for Wish Upon a Wedding.

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Bianca Hall of Estera Events was there to lead Anne and Jon through the plans every step of the way. She shared, “Working with Anne & Jon has reminded us exactly what true love and marriage is all about. Hearing them recount their story thus far and recognizing their strength as a couple is simply something you don’t see every day. When things get hard, they pull each other closer, and truly, that is a lesson we could all take notes from.”

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Anne and Jon first met online in 2008 after Anne had undergone a mastectomy to treat her Stage 0 breast cancer. Anne worried no one would ever love or want her in her post-treatment state. Anne recalls that Jon immediately and completely accepted her and the boys. “He just came right in and took all of it,” remembers Anne. Though Anne’s cancer has returned, the couple continues to have a positive outlook on every single day; continuing to smile, be silly, and love one another and their family.

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The day of the wedding was nothing short of magical. Beauty and love was the common thread, with pure joy and happiness shared among an amazingly close group of family and friends. The couple’s planner, Bianca, shared, “The day of the wedding, the look on Jon’s face when he saw Anne walking down the aisle brought us to absolute tears, and watching the two of them dance with their sons at their wedding reception was the most profound thing we’ve been able to experience in our career.”

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We are truly humbled and inspired by such a lovely couple who demonstrates raw love and the strongest of bonds. Wish Upon a Wedding is proud to welcome Anne and Jon into our family, and we wish them all the best in their marriage.

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Venue: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
Photography: Carasco Photography.
Planning: Estera Events
Bride’s hair: Rosemary Monica Hair + Makeup
Bride’s makeup: Makeup by Aga
Venue: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
Ceremony Music: The Gold Coast All Stars
DJ: Okyne Medialab, Inc.
Celebrant: Chosen with Bonnie, Life-Cycle Celebrant
Floral: Fleur
Linen: BBJ Linen
Rentals: Nimble Well
Lighting: Elegant Event Lighting
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Video: Aria Films
Photobooth: ShutterBooth Chicago
Invitations: Sarah Drake Design
Wedding Day Portrait: RosemaryFanti.com