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

Watch their love story here:


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