We are excited to announce our first Dress Dash taking place at The Lakewood in Chicago, IL April 29th and 30th!
The Dress Dash, a designer dress sale, will feature approximately 1,000 new, sample, and designer wedding dresses from designers like BHLDN, Vera Wang, Pnina Tornai, Maggie Sottero, Anne Barge, Priscilla of Boston, Pronovias, Hayley Paige, Romona Keveza, Eve of Milady and Alfred Angelo… Among others. It will also include 200 new dresses from BHLDN,Anthropologies’ designer wedding dress line.
All dresses have been donated to Wish Upon a Wedding from former brides and bridal boutiques across the country. Wedding dresses range in price from $150 to $1500 and in size from 0-24. Previously worn wedding dresses have been professionally cleaned and properly stored, and many have never been worn.
This is a great way to get an amazing wedding dress for a fraction of the cost and to help support Wish Upon a Wedding as we continue to grant weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illnesses or a life-altering circumstances.
Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 30 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (or until all inventory is sold)
On Sunday, February 26th, 2017 Craig and Deena’s Wish Upon a Wedding Wish came true at the Black Swan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Close friends and family were there to witness as they said their vows and celebrate with the newlyweds.
Craig and Deena met by chance at a corner bar about six years ago and have been inseparable ever since. They took their first date to the Wisconsin State Fair the very next day. There was a special connection between the two of them which continues to grow stronger everyday.
After many more dates and time spent together, Craig proposed and Deena of course said yes! About a month after their engagement Craig received his diagnosis of esophageal cancer. For the next year they put the wedding on hold and begin the fight of their lives side by side.
Cherry Blossom Events helped to make the elegant winter-lodge feel come to life at the Black Swan. On their wedding day, cancer was not the focus. The bride and groom were all smiles as they said “I do” and the day was about the amazing love they have for each other and their desire to live up every moment they can together.
A special thank you to our amazing Wish Granters who are helping to make this Wish possible:
Michael and Tonica met online eleven years ago. After talking over the phone for a while (necessary since they lived 80 miles apart at the time) they decided to meet up for their first date. They both knew, at the very least, if the date didn’t work out they had a lot in common and would remain friends. The date however, exceeded expectations and there were many more to follow. Seven years later in 2014 Michael asked Tonica to marry him, and she agreed.
Instead of planning their wedding right after the engagement, they postponed the wedding to buy their dream home with the hopes of one day getting married on their own property. After multiple projects, including a complete barn rehab they finally started to think about their dream wedding.
Unfortunately, around this same time Michael suffered a seizure unexpectedly while driving. This seizure is what would lead the doctors to find his lung cancer. Michael was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer, in August 2016, which he is currently undergoing treatment for.
Through the good times and bad they have stuck together, and grown even closer. “We are committed to having a relationship that our children can be proud of and one that they would want,” said Tonica. The wedding is now more important than ever for them because “tomorrow is not promised” said Tonica. The couple is looking forward to celebrating their love surrounded by close friends and family.
We are so excited to grant Michael and Tonica’s Wedding Wish on April 1, 2017 in Jonesborough, TN at Grace Meadows Farm.
A huge thank you to all of our wonderful Wish Granters helping to make Michael and Tonica’s day special:
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.
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”.
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.
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:
Robby met Lindsay for the first time in 2006 at the local fire department. They were both working in emergency services and became acquaintances, talking anytime they would see each other.
Their paths crossed again in 2011 when Robby ended up teaching part of Lindsay’s paramedic classes. After graduating from the program Lindsay started working for the EMS where she would run into Robby on the job more frequently. Eventually after a few weeks Robby asked Lindsay out on a date. It was this first dinner where they both fell in love.
Robby works for multiple facilities and wears many hats. He works part time as a Critical Care Flight Medic, part time as a paramedic for local events, is on the board of the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics and teaches at a local community colleges. With this work ethic you would never know that Robby has suffered from renal issues since he was a child. He has undergone three transplant surgeries and all three surgeries have failed. He is currently undergoing dialysis and awaiting a fourth kidney.
“In addition to all of his work stuff that he has to struggle through he still finds the time to come home and make me feel special and loved,” Lindsay said of Robby. He is also a wonderful father to his two boys. Robby and Lindsay love to take family vacations with his two boys in their camper whenever they can.
In 2014 the family took a trip to the botanical gardens. After taking photos and admiring the beautiful flowers Lindsay turned around to see the boys holding signs that said “will you marry us” and Robby holding a beautiful ring. She of course said yes!
Lindsay and Robby continue to fall more and more in love with each other every day. This spring we will make their wedding wish come true at the beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
Wish Upon a Wedding would like to give a special thank you to all the amazing Wish Granters helping to make Lindsay and Robby’s wedding wish come true:
“Our relationship is special because we met during difficult times in each other’s lives and have continued to make it through difficult times. Not to mention, Tony has the same disease that my father had. I feel in tune with him and feel that no matter what we will always share a bond,” Tanisha genuinely explained.
Tanisha and Tony met in 2010 on a dating website. They quickly became inseparable, even with hectic schedules due to working multiple jobs, Tanisha was in school and they also had other personal family obligations. Time quickly passed as they created a special life together as a couple. Though they lived separately, they always found a way to spend time with one another. “We traveled, made plans and worked through life’s obstacles together. We always had a ball whether it was at home talking and watching TV or traveling. We shared the same passion for entrepreneurship and self-improvement,” added Tanisha.
Things changed drastically starting in 2012. Tanisha’s father passed away. Shortly after, Tony’s donated kidney was failing and he’d soon have to go on dialysis. Tony has been fighting End-Stage Renal Disease since he was 21 years old. He received a kidney transplant in 1994 and lived well until the transplant failed in 2012. Since then, Tony has had dialysis 3 times each week and has suffered a major blow to his health and quality of life. Unless Tony gets another transplant, his quality of life will continue to diminish.
In April 2016, Tony’s health took a major nose dive. He was hospitalized for the better part of a month with all types of health issues. He had to undergo physical therapy and have a health aide come to the house to assist with his well being. And then the kicker came, on July 8, 2016 Tony was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. As the cancer is newly diagnosed, they do not know what to expect at this point. He is undergoing a lot of tests and appointments to figure out next steps.
No matter what, Tanisha and Tony wouldn’t let anything get in the way of their love and their commitment to one another. “Tony’s illness and the relating problems prevented us from realizing our ceremony in 2015, however we still went to the Justice of Peace and got married. We lost a lot of money due to Tony being sick and we were not able to have the official ceremony and celebration.”
We are overjoyed to grant Tanisha and Tony’s Vow Renewal Wish on February 26, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia, alongside our talented Wedding Planner and Wish Ambassador, Andrew Roby, and his generous team of Wish Granters. We cannot wait to celebrate Tanisha and Tony’s love next month and offer them their fabulous celebration they’ve always dreamed of together. After all, Virginia is for Lovers!
Thank you ahead of time to Tanisha and Tony’s Wish Granters (below) who are donating their services, products, time and effort. We are grateful for you all and can’t wait to continue announcing more Wish Granters!
Tiffany’s lifelong dream was to marry a man that completed her heart to the fullest. That dream was brought to life by an amazing group of Wish Granters on November 22nd 2016 at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA. The water and palm trees provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and the bride and groom were all smiles as they said their vows.
Tiffany and James met online and knew from the first date, this was something special. They have been together ever since. “I have never felt this way before and truly believe he was sent to me by God,” Tiffany said of her feelings for now husband James.
Tiffany’s battle with cancer started with her diagnosis of Leiomyosarcoma. She was considered stable when she and James met. Two years into their relationship, she received news the cancer returned.
Tiffany and James believe in enjoying each day to the fullest and that is exactly what they did on their special day with close family and friends surrounding them.
Wish Upon a wedding would like to thank the following Wish Granters for helping to make this Wedding Wish come true:
On November 21st Lisa and Del reaffirmed their love for each other 38 years from the day they originally said I do.
Highway 39 Event Center was the perfect venue for a car enthusiast like Del. Close friends and family shared smiles and tears of joy as Lisa walked down the aisle toward her husband. Less than a year ago, Del received a cancer diagnosis and on this day, the cancer took a backseat in their lives as they promised to continue to love each other in sickness and in health.
Lisa and Del are the perfect example of limitless love. They are selfless and fun loving people and you could see the special bond in the way they look at each other. Their love has only grown stronger over the last 38 years and will continue to grow stronger in the years to come.
It was such a privilege of Wish Upon a Wedding to help this couple celebrate their love. A special thank you to all of our wish granters who helped to make this day possible:
On December 4, 2016 friends and family of Shonte and Lavoisier gathered inside of The City Club DC for a vow renewal led by Leora Willis of With This Ring I Thee Wedd. Programs graced each chivari chair and softly lit trees provided the perfect backdrop for Shonte and Lavoisier’s vows.
Shonte and Lavoisier met in high school through a mutual friend. They have been together for sixteen years and married for ten. The past ten years have had ups and downs for the couple. They have traveled the world, but have also faced Shonte’s breast cancer diagnosis. No matter what life brings their way they support and encourage each other. They are silly and they know how to have a good time. After ten years their relationship is stronger than ever and their attraction to each other is undeniable.
There were both smiles and tears of joy as, Shonte walked down the aisle to her husband. She was an absolutely stunning bride.
The bride and groom decided to bring their fun-loving personalities into the vow renewal by making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich together as their unity ceremony. How much fun is that (and delicious!)?
After the vows were said, guests entered the ballroom, which showcased elegant sprinkles of the couple’s color palette: gold and teal. Marilyn Patterson of Joyous Events LLC, was instrumental in organizing the day and making this vision come to life.
Toasts from friends again brought tears and laughter before everyone was on the dance floor.
Congratulations again to Shonte and Lavoisier. We can’t thank you enough for allowing us to play a role in such a special memory.
Wish Upon a Wedding would also like to thank the generous Wish Granters who donated 100% of their product and services to grant this wedding wish:
In high school, a young lady in marching band and a young man in the JROTC program crossed paths… and have been together ever since. Shonte was presented with a promise ring the night of their prom, and woke up with an engagement ring one morning in college when Lavoisier visited her dorm.
For the past sixteen years, ten of which they’ve been married, Shonte and Lavoisier haven’t known a life without one another. Shonte is a nurse by profession, and in 2006 Lavoisier graduated from ROTC as an Army officer. Lavoisier was in the Army Reserves where he worked in IT Security for the Pentagon until Shonte got diagnosed with breast cancer.
When asked what they value most in one another, Shonte shared that Lavoisier is the driving force behind her positivity during her illness. She says that he has an overwhelmingly calm presence about him, that he’s loyal and that should isn’t sure she’d be able to function without him.
It’s clear that Lavoisier feels the same about Shonte, stating that she’s goofy and can laugh at any time of the day about anything. He says he truly believes that opposites attract and he loves being around her.
No strangers to travel and adventure because of Lavoisier’s military career, the two start laughing when asked about their travels and a memory that stood out to them. When Shonte and Lavoisier lived in Alaska, there were hot springs. Due to the condensation of the hot/cold, Shonte slipped right onto her backside and Lavoisier was cracking up and filming the experience on their video camera!
Shonte and Lavoisier are a couple that know how to laugh and have a good time. They encourage one another and just like their own love story has proven they will help one another through the challenging times and will celebrate together on joyous occasions.
Wish Upon a Wedding Philadelphia is looking forward to celebrating a vow renewal with Shonte and Lavoisier in December of 2016.
Wish Upon a Wedding would like to thank the following Wish Granters for helping to make this Wedding Wish true: