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

 

A Southern California Love Story: Tiffany & James

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Tiffany met her soul mate James online and knew immediately from the first date that they were meant to be. Tiffany was diagnosed previously of Leiomyosarcoma and after dating James for two years, the cancer returned. They enjoy each day to the fullest, unsure of the future. Tiffany’s lifelong dream is to marry the man that completes her heart to the fullest.

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Tiffany and James will be able to say “I Do” at the beautiful Monarch Beach Resort this coming November.

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Wish Upon a Wedding Southern California would like to thank the following Wish Granters for making this Wedding Wish 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

Watch Tiffany & Jim’s love story blow:

 

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Northern California Vow Renewal- Shannan and David

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On Friday October 28th, 2016, Wish Upon A Wedding granted Shannan and David’s vow renewal wish  at 48 Barn in Visalia, California. Close friends and family joined them in costume to celebrate and share in the renewal of their vows after 10 years of marriage.  The bride and groom were all smiles as they greeted guests and danced the night away.
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Shannan and David both admit the past 10 years have not been easy. Their son was diagnosed with cancer at 18 months and a little over four years later Shannan received her Breast Cancer diagnosis. Shannan has undergone a hysterectomy, double mastectomy and numerous rounds of radiation and chemo treatments. However, even with everything they have been through, Shannan believes the difficult times have only brought them closer as a couple.

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The couple requested a Halloween themed vow renewal and Erika Grubb of Erika Amelia Event Design & Planning was instrumental in making it happen. This night would not have been possible without all of the help and amazing donations from our wish granters. Shannan said the day was “everything we wanted and more”.

Wish Upon a Wedding would like to thank the generous Wish Granters who donated 100% of their product and services to grant Shannan & Davids wedding wish:
Venue: 48 Barn
Wedding Planner: Erika of Erika Amalia Event Design & Planning
Florist: Kiku Floral
Bride’s Attire: What’s Up Europe
Groom’s Attire: Tux 4 You
Officiant: Pastor Mike Messinger
Hair & Makeup: Jacquetta of Jacquetta Style
A special thank you also goes out to Catering & Rentals – Lunch Box Catering Company
and Mike O’Neil’s Dance Machine for their special assistance with the wedding wish.
Watch Shannan & David’s wedding story here:

 More photos from the day provided by A Moment in Time Photography:
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Wish Upon a Wedding Barbados Trip at Chicago Gala

We have an exciting announcement for our Blissful Wishes Ball in Chicago on Monday, November 7th! Please see the amazing details below for this one of a kind adventure in Barbados and get your auction bidding paddles ready to bid and win this wonderful trip! In partnership with Linda Mitchell of Luxury Destination Travel we are pleased to announce the following item for our live auction. This incredible trip is the retail price of $9000.

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Barbados

The stunning island or Barbados is a gem of an island that is bordered by both the alluring Caribbean Sea and the exciting Atlantic Ocean is vibrant in culture and passionate in spirit! The West Indies location allows for a unique authenticity that the island and its people embrace with beaming pride! Exceptional culinary delights, luxurious accommodations, gorgeous beaches make it a top choice for vacations, honeymoons, destination weddings and any other reason to visit!

Home of Rihanna, the sizzle and sass of the culture will keep you in a party mood throughout! Top location for golf, you can settle in to so many wonderful options to say fore! Gorgeous white sand will lure you to the incredibly clear waters! Out on the ocean you will enjoy snorkeling, diving and swimming with the amazing turtles, top culinary capital the cuisine will delight you. Relax, enjoy and immerse!

Near perfect, year round weather conditions has made Barbados a preferred Caribbean destination for A-list celebrities, new and repeat visitors, anyone seeking an island get away that has it all! Steeped in colonial heritage Barbados is a premier destination, from fine dining restaurants to local rum shops, luxury taxis to local “reggae” buses, Barbados is an island of amazing contrasts.

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This amazing travel package includes:

Two round trip tickets on jet Blue AirwaysSpace available only

Blu Isles – Blu Fast Track Entry – Meet and Greet, dedicated immigrations and customs clearance

Blu Isles – Meet and Greet – Round-trip airport transfers, Complimentary WI-FI, scented cold towel, bottled water and yummy local snacks for your ride to your hotel

Cobblers Cove – SEVEN night stay inclusive of breakfast– Black out dates December – March

Blu Isles – Catamaran Cruise – Includes pick up and return to your hotel

Lone Star RestaurantDining for 2 – $450 Barbadian dollars

 NOTE: Black out dates December – March and Holidays. Booking is dependent on hotel availability. 

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It is getting cold in Chicago so a good idea to start planning your spring get away to warm up in sunny Barbados! This incredible trip is the retail price of $9000.

A Northern California Love Story: Shannan and David

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Shannan and David met through friends on March 30th, 2006 and there was an instant connection. Five days later they had their first date and two months after that David proposed. They married that same year, on October 27th 2006 and now have four wonderful children.

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The fight against cancer started in their family when their youngest son was diagnosed at the age of 18 months. Three months after he was stable Shannan was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She suffered a stroke during her treatment that has left her unable to continue her job as an educational interpreter for the deaf. Thankfully, after a hysterectomy, chemo, radiation, and a double mastectomy Shannan is now considered stable. Unfortunately, this year Shannan and David’s son’s cancer has returned. Through all the ups and downs the family remains positive and strong.

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After 10 years of marriage, and multiple obstacles Shannan and David’s relationship only continues to grow stronger. They are looking forward to celebrating life and love at their 10 year vow renewal with close friends and family at the beautiful 48 Barn in Visalia, California this Fall.  Wedding Planner Erika from Erika Amalia Event Design & Planning has been instrumental in helping to bring this wish together.

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

Wedding Planner: Erika of Erika Amalia Event Design & Planning

Venue: 48 Barn

Photographer: Carrie of A Moment in Time Photography

Videographer: Jennifer of Stitched Films

Baker: Gourmet Desserts and Wedding Cakes

Florist: Kiku Floral

Stationary: Keep Life Simple Design

Bride’s Attire: What’s Up Europe

Groom’s Attire: Tux 4 You

Officiant: Pastor Mike Messinger

Hair & Makeup: Jacquetta Style

Entertainment: Mike O’Neil’s Dance Machine

Rentals & Catering: Lunch Box Catering Company

View the couples love story here:

 

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Betty and Angel: A Sweet Spring Wish Granted

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With the help and dedication of many thoughtful Wish Granters, Betty and Angel’s sweet Spring Wish was granted on Sunday, May 15th 2016 in Pocantico Hills, New York. From the stunning venue and tasty cuisine to the fabulous pink and white blooms to the awesome entertainment to Betty’s glam squad, no small detail was overlooked. A huge thank you to Wish Ambassador Ali Barone for perfectly planning and executing their Wish! Because of you, Betty and Angel’s dream became a reality. We are forever grateful to all of our Wish Granters who came together as a team to create such special memories for Betty and Angel and for their families and friends!

Betty even personally sent the Wish Upon a Wedding New York Chapter a message expressing her many thanks, “Where do I begin to thank you, Ali, and our incredible dream team (all the Wish Granters) for making a dream come true? The wedding and reception were absolutely spectacular and more than we could have hoped for. Several people told us it was the most beautiful wedding they had attended. You could feel and see all of the love that WUW and each Wish Granter poured into making our wedding day so beautiful. You all are amazing. We will never forget you, Ali, or our amazing dream team. God Bless!”

All exquisite photography capturing these beautiful moments were shot by Wish Granter Craig Paulson Studio.

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To read more about Betty and Angel’s Love Story, click here.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts to our Wedding Wish Granters who donated their services, products, time and effort for Betty & Angel! We appreciate YOU:

Planning & Wish Ambassador: Ali Barone Events

Photography: Craig Paulson Photography

Videography: Milestone Video

Wedding Venue: Fox Run

Catering: Good Live Gourmet

Florist & Decor: Diana Gould, Ltd.

Music and Entertainment: DJ Mouse

Invitations & Graphic Design: Regas

Cake: The Dessertist

Hotel Bridal Suite: Marriott Westchester, Tarrytown

Bride’s Hair & Make Up: ProStyle Hair & Makeup

Bridesmaid Makeup Artist: Natalie Torres

Honeymoon Suite: The Pierre New York

Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago Chapter Announces 2016 Shining Star Award Recipients

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The Chicago Board of Wish Upon a Wedding is honored to announce the 2016 Shining Star Recipients. These three people are some of the most inspirational, motivational and giving professionals in Chicago. This is our way to thank and pay tribute to those professionals who inspire others to engage in volunteer service by their demonstrated commitment and example.

The Shining Star Award Recipients for 2016 have shown an ongoing and substantial commitment to the community and have consistently exhibited honesty, integrity and the highest ethical standards in his or her profession.

Congratulations to Candace Collins Jordan, Dan Bernstein, and Jessie Paré. Thank you for all that you do!

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Candace is a media personality; Chicago Tribune social columnist (Candid Candace); one of the first Chicago Now bloggers (Candid Candace), author of her own popular blog CandidCandace.com and award-winning host of Candid Candace TV.

Jordan began modeling at age 13 in St. Louis, Mo., and during the course of her long career, she’s appeared on over 20 national magazine covers including 9 for Playboy (2 U.S., 7 international), had a billboard in Times Square, was a Playboy Centerfold (Dec. 1979) and Playboy Bunny of the Year and appeared in Risky Business with Tom Cruise. She’s been featured in magazines as one of “100 Powerful Chicagoans”; a “Chicago Personal Brand”; the “Belle of the Blog”; “100 Women Making a Difference”; “100 Women of Influence”; “Top 25 Most Fashionable Chicagoans”; “The A-List: 60 Chicagoans of Style” and “Chicago’s Most Social Scenester.”

She has been honored by the Alliance for Women in Media and presented with the inaugural Women Driving Excellence Trailblazer Award. Recently, she was named the 2016 Woman of Vision by Eversight Illinois and presented with the Oprah Winfrey Female Entrepreneur Award by “We Dream in Color” at the DuSable Museum of African History. She was also the honoree at the Stanley Paul Foundation’s annual benefit where she drew the largest crowd in the event’s history.

She has won two Telly Awards and two Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards for her work on Candid Candace TV, an online series that takes viewers behind the velvet ropes to film premieres with celeb interviews and behind the scenes to Chicago’s hottest parties.

Since 1974, Jordan has been a champion and advocate for Chicago, shining a light on the charities, people and events that make it great.

 

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Dan Bernstein has been the co-host of “Boers and Bernstein” since 1999. He joined the station as a reporter/anchor in 1995.

Named “Best Sports Talker” by Chicago Magazine, he’s the city’s only three-category winner of the Achievement in Radio Award (Best Reporter, Best Play-by-Play and Best Talk Show). His play-by-play experience includes five years calling DePaul basketball and both radio and TV work for the Arena Football League’s Chicago Rush. He has appeared as a guest on MSNBC, CNN and other national television networks.

Before joining WSCR, Bernstein broadcast games for minor-league affiliates of the Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs, as well as the Raleigh Bullfrogs of the Global Basketball Association and the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association.

Bernstein interned in the news department at WBBM-TV in Chicago and in the sports department of WTVD-TV in Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
He’s a Deerfield native and an honors graduate of Duke University, where he did four years of play-by-play for basketball and football and anchored “Duke SportsCenter” on Cable 13 TV.

He lives on the northwest side of Chicago with his wife and two children and is actively involved in fundraising for such charities as Children’s Oncology Services, The Michael Rolfe Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Blind Services Association and others.

 

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Jessie got her start in the wedding industry shortly after her own wedding, where she was inspired by an incredible team of vendors. She had just received her teaching degree as the teachers union went on strike, which she took as a sign to get involved with the industry she truly loved.

Jessie began her career at the Chicago History Museum, where she spent a year and a half before taking a position in events at the W Hotels of Chicago. She has recently joined the team at Calihan Catering as a Sales Account Executive and is absolutely loving it.

Most inspiring to us is Jessie’s unparalleled dedication to philanthropy and putting good into the world. She is lucky enough to have both a mother and a wife who have inspired her with their constant acts of selflessness and random acts of kindness. They have inspired her to find ways to give back not only in the wedding community but in our local and global community. For the past 3 years she has passionately helped collect silent auction donations for Wish Upon a Wedding. For the past year, she has focused on finding simple every day ways to give back in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. This past Christmas she eliminated gift giving in her household and adopted a refugee family instead. Both she and her wife’s places of work were so inspired that they did the same!

Jessie recently turned 30 and, instead of throwing a big milestone birthday party, she started a feminine hygiene product drive in order to supply women in need with basic items unavailable to them. She was so overwhelmed by the response of her friends and family, that she was able to supply 3 shelters. She is a firm believer that we can find ways to give back every single day!

Please join us at this year’s 7th Annual Blissful Wishes Ball, Monday, November 7th, 2016 at Morgan Manufacturing. Tickets are available by clicking here

 

 

 

A Love Story: Anne and Jon, Wish Upon a Wedding’s 100th Wish!

Anne and Jon are set to wed October 23rd, 2016 as the Chicago Chapter grants Wish Upon a Wedding’s 100th wish! 

Wish Upon a Wedding and the Chicago Chapter is pleased to announce that the organization’s 100th wish will be granted on October 23rd right here in Chicago, and we are truly honored to witness the love between two amazing and deserving individuals.

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From their very first date to unique plans to “wow” guests at their upcoming wedding celebration, Anne and Jon’s relationship has always been full of fun, energy, and the perfect blend of two admittedly silly personalities.

The couple met online back in 2008, just soon after Anne had undergone a mastectomy to treat her Stage 0 breast cancer. The two spent their first date talking, laughing, and breaking the ice over a few games of bowling. Anne was never a proponent for awkward first date dinners, so the friendly competition put her immediately at ease and left a lasting impression; so lasting in fact, that she still remembers the shirt she was wearing and it remains in her closet to this day! The evening went so well that they decided to see each other the very next day, where the two took Anne’s then baby to the local forest preserve and spent a relaxing, low key day overlooking the water and getting to know one another. Anne shared that “It was as if he was immediately part of my normal life. We didn’t need a million dates; he was just part of our family.”cp2_1380

At the time that Anne met Jon, she struggled with the confidence that a man would want to be a part of her life. With the recent surgery and two sons, one of whom was born with a chromosomal disorder and is unable to walk or speak, she felt it might be too much. After just a few short days, it was clear that being a part of Anne and her children’s lives was exactly what Jon wanted. “He reassured me that it’s what’s on the inside that truly matters,” Anne remembers. “He was so great with my kids, and he immediately comforted me.”

Since the early days of their relationship, Anne and Jon added a third son to their growing family and now have a full house of 3 boys, 2 dogs, and even rabbits who have their own house in the garden (custom built for Anne by Jon, of course). Unfortunately, in October of 2014, a routine scan showed that Anne’s cancer had returned in the form of Stage 4 Metastatic breast cancer, and although their lives have certainly changed with some days more difficult than others, the couple maintains a positive spirit and environment for their family. They frequently host large BBQs in their yard for all of the neighborhood kids to join in, and love to take the family camping, fishing, and to local fairs on the weekends.

When asked what Anne loves about Jon the most, she replied “His smile. He has the best smile. He’s also incredibly handy. From plumbing to construction, he does it all!” Jon echoed “(Anne) is amazing. She handles everything for everyone and always puts herself last. She never asks for herself. She is wonderful.”

The Chicago Chapter is incredibly honored to host the wedding of such a loving and fun-spirited couple October 23, 2016 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel amongst their three sons and closest loved ones.

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(Engagement Photos by Collin Pierson Photography)

Thank you to the incredible generosity of Chicago’s local professionals who are making this wish possible!


2016 Gala

We are additionally thrilled to announce that tickets for this year’s 7th Annual Blissful Wishes Ball in Chicago, Illinois are officially on sale. The event will take place the evening of Monday, November 7th at Morgan Manufacturing. We encourage you to secure your seat at the event early, as the evening will sell out! Tickets range from $25 for an afterglow ticket, $150 for an individual, or $1,500 for a table of 10 guests.

This year’s Gala concept will surround guests with the sights and sounds of a gorgeously “gilded garden” as we celebrate the organization’s 100th wish, taking place here in Chicago this month! Put on your best “Metallic Tie” attire, and join us for an evening of inspired imagination, philanthropy and many cheers among great company!

Tickets or tables can be purchased by clicking the link below:

About Wish Upon a Wedding

Wish Upon a Wedding is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization granting weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness or a life-altering circumstance. Wish Upon A Wedding seeks to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of couples by granting their dream wedding or vow renewal wish, and for these chosen recipients to inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength. Wish recipients have either been diagnosed with less than five years to live or have endured serious life-altering circumstances. The city’s industry professionals join together with the local board to give the couple the wedding of their dreams.

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Wish Upon a Wedding Announces 100th Wish and Chicago Fundraising Gala

Our 100th Wish!

Wish Upon a Wedding and the Chicago Chapter is pleased to announce that the organization’s 100th wish will be granted on October 23rd in Chicago, Illinois. This is truly a milestone for our charity that was founded in 2010 to be granting the 100th couple’s wish.
Please follow us on social media to meet our inspiring couple, Anne and Jon, as well as all of the supporting professionals coming together to help support this wish.

(Photo by Collin Pierson Photography)
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2016 Gala

We are additionally thrilled to announce that tickets for this year’s 7th Annual Blissful Wishes Ball in Chicago, Illinois are officially on sale. The event will take place the evening of Monday, November 7th at Morgan Manufacturing. We encourage you to secure your seat at the event early, as the evening will sell out! Tickets range from $25 for an afterglow ticket, $150 for an individual, or $1,500 for a table of 10 guests.

This year’s Gala concept will surround guests with the sights and sounds of a gorgeously “gilded garden” as we celebrate the organization’s 100th wish, taking place here in Chicago this month! Put on your best “Metallic Tie” attire, and join us for an evening of inspired imagination, philanthropy and many cheers among great company!

Tickets or tables can be purchased by clicking the link below:

Please click here to purchase tickets.

 

(Photo by Nathan Peel Photography)
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About Wish Upon a Wedding

 

Wish Upon a Wedding is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization granting weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness or a life-altering circumstance. Wish Upon A Wedding seeks to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of couples by granting their dream wedding or vow renewal wish, and for these chosen recipients to inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength. Wish recipients have either been diagnosed with less than five years to live or have endured serious life-altering circumstances. The city’s industry professionals join together with the local board to give the couple the wedding of their dreams.

 

(Photo by Chadwick Fowler Photography)
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(Photo by Rachel Capil Photography)
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Stay Connected
To learn more about Wish Upon a Wedding, please visit www.WishUponaWedding.org and stay connected for the latest news!

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