Had it not been for Bus Route 93, Florence and Michael may never met. As it happened, it was Florence’s regular route to get to and from work, and Michael was the handsome driver behind the wheel.
Michael noticed Florence right away, with her big eyes and beautiful smile. He flirted as much as one can from the head of the bus, and Florence definitely thought he was cute.
After playing hard to get for quite some time, Florence finally gave Michael her phone number. He called her right away. A bit more playing hard to get was all Florence could take. She finally gave in, and accepted a date with him.
They headed to the beautiful San Francisco wharf, where they enjoyed getting to know each other, and where they began to fall in love. One date was all it took, and Florence was hooked! They started dating exclusively, and life seemed perfect.
Later, when Florence was diagnosed with breast cancer, she thought Michael might leave. But he didn’t. He stayed by her side, through chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. His love for her grew stronger, and he soon asked for her hand in marriage, to which she happily replied, “Yes”.
Medical bills and doctor’s appointments got in the way of planning a wedding, until Wish Upon a Wedding came along. Florence met her future wedding planner, Nastasha Verkest, at a Brides Against Breast Cancer Gown sale, (where BABC donated a gown to Florence upon hearing her story). Nastasha contacted Wish Upon a Wedding, and we began immediately planning the details of Florence and Michael’s wedding.
It wasn’t difficult to secure a fabulous team of wedding vendors to provide their services to our first-ever wedding wish.
Soon, we had all the vendors in place, to give Florence and Michael the wedding of their dreams! Surrounded by their family, friends and doctors and nurses, Florence and Michael celebrated their love in a very special ceremony, followed by an incredible party.
Anticipation filled the air, not only for the couple, but for the board members of Wish Upon a Wedding, too. This was our very FIRST wish, and Florence and Michael will always hold a special place in our hearts.
As a surprise, her father flew in from Oklahoma to walk his daughter down the aisle, which they did so to a string quartet playing a special rendition of At Last. Florence’s daughter stood by her side as one of her bridesmaids. Dressed in pink, to honor the fight against breast cancer, the girls looked lovely. Next to Michael stood Florence’s two boys, who Michael paid special tribute to during the ceremony, with a promise to always be there for them, and to always love and care for them.
With a starry night themed backdrop, and silver and pink accents flocking the ballroom, the Hilton Gardens ballroom was transformed into a magical reception site for the newlyweds’ reception. Florence and Michael looked radiant as they hit the dance floor for the first time as husband and wife.
They enjoyed a three course catered meal, live entertainment, a DJ, a photo booth, and all the other amenities that go into creating a beautiful wedding.
Most of all, Florence and Michael created beautiful memories for their loved ones to cherish for years to come. Wish Upon a Wedding is proud to have been a part of this most special day, and we will forever hold Florence and Michael close to our hearts.
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Lyrics to Florence’s Chosen Song, At Last
At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh, yeah, at last
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clovers
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine