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.

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

 

 

A #NationalSelfieDay Promotion You Won’t Want to Miss!

Wish Upon a Wedding is thrilled to partner with so many incredible organizations within the wedding industry. Today we’re introducing you to Robins Brothers! Known as “the engagement ring store”, Robins Brothers’ roots date back to the 1920’s. Throughout the years, the company has honed their craft, evolved and expanded – all while never losing their edge for exceptional customer service.

What started as one small store in Seattle, WA has grown to multiple freestanding destination stores in Southern California, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth Texas, Seattle and Bellevue, Washington and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company specializes in designer and proprietary engagement ring settings and loose diamonds – and carries an extensive selection of wedding bands, promise rings, anniversary bands, three-stone and stacked rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Onsite master jewelers are available to set diamonds, create custom rings and perform service and maintenance checks.

In honor of #NationalSelfieDay (tomorrow!!), we’ve partnered with our friends at Robbins Brothers for a great cause. Share your best couple #selfie before midnight tomorrow and the company will donate $10 to our organization, per post. Must use #NationalSelfieDay, #RobbinsBrothers and #SelfieForAWish to be entered. Tag a friend to spread the word. Let’s grant some wishes! #oneselfieatatime

 

 

A Tulsa Love Story

For over 20 years, Tracy and Martin’s lives crossed paths multiple times, but they never met. It wasn’t until 2008, when they were both a part of the same organization, that the couple became friends. Not long after, they began dating. Though all of their friends were skeptical, Tracy and Martin proved that they were the perfect couple.

Upon first meeting them, it’s clear how polar opposite they are. While Marty has always been portrayed as a “bad boy”, Tracy is the girl next door. Together, they perfectly compliment one another. Tracy likes to say that she has softened his rough edges and taught him how to feel and that he has challenged her and taught her how to be strong – a skill she would soon need for her biggest hurdle yet, cancer.

In 2017, the couple received devastating news. Tracy had been diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast cancer that had metastasized to her lungs. Without hesitation, Marty proposed and has faithfully stood by her side through grueling chemotherapy, sickness, hair loss, exhaustion and disappointment. Tracy and Marty are the epitome of a team. They have loved and supported each other through so much over the years and could not be more deserving of this wish.

The couple will marry on June 7th 2018 at the Restore House in Tulsa, OK. We’re thrilled to grant this wish for them and are so thankful for the incredible vendors who have signed up to make their day special:

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

Officiant: OKC Wedding Officiants, John Snelson

Vintage Furniture: Red Poppy Vintage Rentals

Linens: Nuage Designs

 

 

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