An Oregon Love Story: Melanie and Brian


Melanie and Brian met on almost ten years ago. Melanie was moving to Oregon and looking to make a few connections before the cross-country move, when she came across Brian’s profile. They talked online for a while and seemed to have a great connection and a lot in common. After her move out to Oregon, Melanie and Brian made plans to meet up.


After meeting in person, they felt the timing wasn’t right to start a relationship but agreed to say in touch as friends. They continued to see other people but, they found themselves spending all of their weekends together. Overtime, they realized their friendship was naturally turning into a relationship.


Even now Brian says, “she just became my best friend and that’s when I knew I loved her more than anything”. Likewise, Melanie says, “I couldn’t imagine my life without him as he is my best friend”.


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. Her craniotomy initially left her unable to talk and take care of herself but Brian never left her side.  After eight months of rigorous rehab, Melanie felt like herself again. She had regained her speech and was back to her pre-surgery activities.

Unfortunately, since her surgery the tumor has grown back larger than before. Melanie has been undergoing a combination of chemotherapy and radiation to reduce the tumor’s size.


“You know you love a person when you learn you can’t live without the person” said Brian, who proposed to Melanie last October on their weekend beach vacation. Regardless of the prognosis, Melanie and Brian are committed to spending the time they have side by side as best friends and soon as husband and wife.


Wish Upon a Wedding would like to thank these amazing wish granters. They are donating their time and services to make Melanie and Brian’s upcoming wedding day extra special:

Planner: We Plan It

Venue: Gray Gables Estate

Attire (bridal gown): Brides for a Cause

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 

Watch their beautiful love story video here:

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Amy Celaya

This is so amazing. I was so touched by the generosity of complete strangers. I’m not sure if this couple is already married, but I would love to donate a handmade welcome sign in sign. I am in the process of opening a small Etsy shop but would love to be able to give this couple, or any other couple, a small token of love that they can keep even after their special day. Please let me know if it is possible to contact someone to gain more info on how I can help. I believe that there is no greater emotion than love, and to be able to express that love without the worry or burden of a wedding expense is one of the most special gifts I have ever heard of. This charity is amazing!


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