A Chicago Wedding: Erica and Anthony


On Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Erica and Anthony were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Close friends and family witnessed the couple say, “I do” and celebrated with them over a delicious dinner and countless dances on the dance floor.


Erica and Anthony met through a mutual friend at a party. Erica and Anthony said the conversation was easy and natural from the beginning and exchanged numbers that night. Erica was hesitant to start a relationship with Anthony. She had been diagnosed with stiff persons syndrome, for which there is currently no cure, and was unsure how to tell Anthony.  Anthony knew she was hiding something and when he found out what it was he dedicated himself to knowing all he could about the syndrome. Erica continues to have good days and bad days but calls Anthony her super hero.  The couple enjoys taking walks on the lake front and going on dinner dates. Anthony proposed in the fall of 2016 and Erica said yes.


Debi Lilly and the Perfect Event team made Erica’s purple spring bling vision come to life with shades of purple and bouquets featuring tulips. Erica’s daughter served as Maid of Honor and participated in the unity ceremony, a visual representation of uniting as one family. The couple had smiles lasted the entire celebration as they cut their cake and shared dances with guests on the dance floor.


Thank you, Erica and Anthony, for sharing your love story with Wish Upon a Wedding and for allowing us to be a part of your special day. We are honored.

A special thank you to our amazing Wish Granters for helping to make this wedding day wonderful:

Planner: Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event

Venue: The Kimpton Gray Hotel

Catering: The Kimpton Gray Hotel 

Beauty: Christopher Conner

Cake: Toni Patisserie

Ceremony Music: Larry King Orchestra 

Entertainment DJ: Fig Weddings 

Florist: Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event 

Invitations: Stationary Bliss 

Linen: Nuage Designs 

Officiant: Rev. Jim Rehnberg 

Photography: Gerber + Scarpelli Photography

Videography: Fig Weddings

View the couples wedding video here:

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Nicole and Jose: An Atlanta Georgia Vow Renewal


On Friday, May 19th, 2017 Nicole and Jose reaffirmed their commitment to each other in a vow renewal ceremony held at the Mason Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The colorful, artwork lined walls provided the perfect backdrop for the celebration.

Nicole and Jose first met as friends.  She was working as a flight attendant on a layover in San Juan. He was in a cover band performing near where she was staying. They reconnected a few years later when Jose moved to Georgia. It was on their third date, when Nicole said, “I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him”. They were married in September of 2013, in a small civil ceremony.


The vows “in sickness and in health” were put to the test in January of 2016 when Nicole was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. After a year of surgeries and treatments, the couple wanted to celebrate life and their continually growing love for each other.


Jose and Nicole had their first look as each one opened the colorful, barn style doors. Even after three years of marriage, their smiles were from ear to ear seeing each other for the first time. They walked down a petal lined isle with close friends and family on either side, to recommit and share their love for each other.  The vows they recited had an even deeper meaning with everything they have endured together.


After an amazing dinner, delicious cake, and dancing with friends and family the couple exited the celebration under an arch of sparklers wearing the same huge smiles they started the day with. Thank you, Nicole and Jose, for allowing Wish Upon a Wedding to share in your love story and be a to be a part of your special day.


Wish Upon a Wedding would also like to thank all of the amazing Wish Granters who donated their time and services to make Nicole and Jose’s day amazing:

Planner: Anna Panu of Chancey Charm

Venue: Mason Fine Arts Center

Beauty: Vigilante Cosmetics, LLC

Cake: Perfect Wedding Cake

Calligraphy: Mallory Overton

Catering: Simply Catering

Entertainment: Lethal Rhythms DJs

Florist: Stylish Stems

Linen: Nuage Designs

Officiant: The Wedding Minister

Photography: Aline Marin

Photobooth: Robot Booth

Stationery: Stationary Bliss

Videography: The Pros

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A North Carolina Wedding Wish: Lindsay and Robby


Greenery and flowers from the gardens made for a beautiful backdrop on Friday, April 14, 2017 as Robby and Lindsay exchanged wedding vows. The wedding and reception took place at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Robby and Lindsay first met in 2006, but would not go on their first date until 2011. Then in 2014, the family took a trip to the botanical gardens and 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 said yes!


On April 14th , Lindsay cried tears of happiness as the boys escorted her down the aisle, past close friends and family, to Robby. After the ceremony, the couple laughed and danced the night away. The photobooth with props added another element of fun to their night. The night concluded as Lindsay and Robby made their exit under the light arch of sparklers and cheers.


The groom, Robby, was diagnosed with renal failure at a young age and has undergone three transplant surgeries. All three surgeries have failed.  He is currently undergoing regular dialysis and awaiting a fourth kidney. Lindsay says that despite all he has on his plate, Robby still manages to make her feel special and loved.


The love that Lindsay and Robby share is beautiful. Wish Upon a Wedding was honored to be part of their special day.

Thank you so much to the wonderful community businesses that donated their time and talent to make this day possible. These Wish Granters are:

Venue: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 

Wedding Planner: Marsha Pruitt of the Event Host

Beauty: Cali Stott Hair & Makeup Artistry

Beverage Rentals: Bartenders Plus

Bridal Attire: Classic Bride & Formals

Cake: WOW Factor Cakes & Desserts

Calligraphy: Ruth Hand Calligraphy

Caricature: Caricatures By Joel

Catering: Catering By Tara

Entertainment: DJ America

Florist: Lily Greenthumb’s Wedding & Event Design

Hotel Stay: Hampton Inn

Officiant: Brad Hall

Photography: Katherine Elena Photography

Photobooth: ShutterBooth

Rentals: Simply Charming of Monroe

Stationery: Red Stone Press

Transportation: Peak Limousine

Videographer: DJ America

Watch their wedding video here:

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Nicole and Jose: A Georgia Love Story


Nicole first met Jose on a layover in San Juan. She was working as a flight attendant for an airline based out of Atlanta at the time. Jose was in a cover band and performing near where she was staying. They were both seeing other people at the time so this initial meeting was purely a friendship. The conversation was easy that night and before Nicole headed back to Georgia they connected on Facebook.


A few years later, Jose found himself in Georgia and reached out to Nicole over Facebook to reconnect over coffee. This time, Nicole and Jose were both single when they met at the coffee shop.  They picked up the conversation as if no time had passed and both said the rest is history. In fact, Nicole said on their third date “I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him”.


Two years after reconnecting, they went to the courthouse to get married.  They had both always wanted a traditional wedding and were planning to renew their vows in 2016 after the birth of their son.  However, during her pregnancy, Nicole noticed a lump on her breast.  After giving birth to their son, Nicole had a biopsy taken of the lump.  In January of 2016, Nicole was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer.


Since this time, she has undergone chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and multiple other surgeries related to the cancer. She said no matter what, Jose continues to tell her how beautiful she is and has been so loving and supportive.

On their vow renewal date next week, Nicole said she wants to feel happy, be with her husband and her kids, and to not feel sick. 2016 was a year of fighting for Nicole and her family and we want 2017 to be a year of celebration.

Special thank you to all of our amazing Wish Granters who are helping to make this day wonderful:

Planner: Anna Panu of Chancey Charm

Venue: Mason Fine Arts Center

Beauty: Vigilante Cosmetics, LLC

Cake: Perfect Wedding Cake

Calligraphy: Mallory Overton

Catering: Simply Catering

Entertainment:Lethal Rhythms DJs

Florist: Stylish Stems

Linen: Nuage Designs

Officiant: The Wedding Minister

Photography: Aline Marin

Photobooth: Robot Booth

Stationery: Stationary Bliss

Videography: The Pros

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Erica and Anthony: A Chicago Love Story


Erica and Anthony met through a mutual friend about three years ago at a birthday party. Erica was already going through treatments for her stiff person syndrome when they met and thinking their relationship would not move passed friendship, she did not reveal this piece of her life to Anthony. Erica tried to hide the multiple hospital visits and days she didn’t feel strong enough to go on dates, as their friendship started to blossom into more.


Even though Anthony had only known Erica for a short time he knew there was something she was hiding. Through some investigation on his end, he had found out she was in the hospital and showed up to surprise her with flowers. That’s the moment Erica says she knew she was in love with Anthony.

Not only did Anthony figure out where Erica was, he has been committed to learning everything he can about stiff person syndrome and how best to care for Erica.


The couple continues to live up the good days by going to for walks on the beach or dinner dates. Anthony knows what to do when Erica has seizures in public, what medicine she needs and when the medication needs to be taken. Erica calls Anthony her super hero.

Anthony has been Erica’s partner and cheerleader through the whole thing and said, “I won’t let her give up”.


Anthony proposed to Erica on one of their beach walks in the fall. Erica of course said yes! The love this couple has for one another can be heard, seen and felt by everyone that surrounds them.

We are so excited for their upcoming wedding in Chicago this weekend! A special thank you to all of our Wish Granters. This is possible because of your generosity, thank you:

Planner: Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event

Venue: The Kimpton Gray Hotel

Catering: The Kimpton Gray Hotel 

Beauty: Christopher Conner

Cake: Toni Patisserie

Ceremony Music: Larry King Orchestra 

Entertainment DJ: Fig Weddings 

Florist: Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event 

Invitations: Stationary Bliss 

Linen: Nuage Designs 

Officiant: Rev. Jim Rehnberg 

Photography: Gerber + Scarpelli Photography

Videography: Fig Weddings

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A Tennessee Wedding Wish: Michael and Tonica

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On Saturday, April 1st, 2017 Michael and Tonica exchanged vows in front of close friends and family at Grace Meadows Farm in Jonesborough, TN. The green rolling hills on the farm and the chandeliers that lined the barn made the perfect backdrop for the couple’s vision of a rustic elegant wedding.


Michael and Tonica met online 11 years ago. They knew before they even met in person they had a special connection. In 2014, they got engaged but decided to postpone getting married right after the engagement to buy their dream home with a barn, which Michael worked to renovate. They had just begun to think about their wedding plans when Michael suffered a seizure while driving. This seizure is what ultimately led doctors to find his lung cancer. Michael was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer this past year, for which he is currently undergoing treatment.

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Tonica said the wedding was now more important than ever for them because “tomorrow is not promised”. With everything they have been through they wanted the opportunity to celebrate their love with friends and family and on April 1st that is exactly what they did.

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The family each walked down the isle in their own pair of cowboy boots as friends and family looked on with smiles. The couple laughed as they exchanged rings and shared a beautiful first dance together. This day was just about the love that Michael and Tonica have for one and other. We wish them many years of love and happiness, we feel honored to have been a part of their special day.

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Thank you also to our amazing wish granters who went above and beyond to make this day happen for Michael and Tonica:

Venue: Grace Meadows Farm

Beauty: Bat N Rouge Beauty

Cake: Embrue House

Catering: Braeden’s Barbeque

Entertainment/DJ: Mockingbird Entertainment

Florist: Southern Knot Weddings

Linen: Nuage Designs

Officiant: Catherine Redwine

Photography (love story): Photo Tech Photography

Photography (wedding day): Cable Photography

Stationery: Stationery Bliss

Videography: Redbird Project 323

Watch their love story video here:

More amazing photos from their special day:

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Amber and Richard a Las Vegas Wedding Wish Granted


Amber and Richard were married at Cili /Bali Hai Golf Club on April 11th, 2017 surrounded by their closest friends and family. They met through a mutual friend, Amber’s sister. At a party, after a game of cards and great conversation, Amber and Richard exchanged numbers. They were both just looking for a friendship.


Before long their friendship started to blossom into more. “There was a lot of challenging things going on around us and our relationship didn’t feel like work, that was the easy thing,” Said Amber. Richard felt the same and on Amber’s birthday last year, after permission from his sons and Amber’s father, Richard proposed.


Amber had been battling some health issues throughout their relationship but doctors didn’t have any answers or a diagnosis for her. She didn’t let her health stop her as she and Richard flew to Las Vegas to beginning planning their wedding. Unfortunately, upon their return home Amber received news that recent tests revealed cancer in her liver and colon.


The cancer took a back seat on wedding day. Amber’s favorite color purple was showcased throughout the wedding. The couple and Richard’s three sons united families in a sand ceremony with various jars of sand from different locations they had visited.


After having a waterfront ceremony, guests got to enjoy a “cocktail” hour with delicious tray passed mocktails that Amber and Richard named and then went into a plated dinner with guests choosing between three different entrees.

They dined and danced al fresco with views of lush greenery and waterfalls. Their dance floor was packed and their photobooth was a hit! The night ended with a sparkler farewell and smiles all around.


We wish Amber and Richard many more wonderful memories together. Thank you for letting Wish Upon A Wedding be a part of your day!

A huge thank you to all of the amazing Wish Granters that helped make Amber and Richard’s wedding day so special:

Venue, Catering, and Cake: Bali Hai Golf Club

Wedding Planner: Paulina Clute Events

Photography:  Orange Soda Photography

DJ: Harry O Productions

Officiant: Rev. McFarland

Hair and Makeup: Amelia C and Co

Video: Pure Light Creative

Florist: Enchanted Florist

Photo Booth: ShutterBooth of Las Vegas

Watch their wedding story here:

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Designer Dresses on Sale at Wish Upon a Wedding’s Dress Dash in Chicago


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)


  • The Lakewood, 1758 W. Lake St., Chicago, Ill. 60612
  • *Venue parking and street parking available

The payment methods we will accept are: Cash or Credit Cards. No Checks please. All sales are final.

The dress dash is open to the public during the hours of operation, appointments are not needed, however it is first come first served.

If you have additional questions or are interested in donating a dress please reach out to info@wishuponawedding.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

A Wisconsin Wedding Wish: Craig and Deena

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: Elizabeth Burgert

Photography: Maison Meredith Photography

Rentals: Canopies Events

Stationery: Minted

Video: One Fine Day Productions

Watch the couples beautiful wedding story here:

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Michael and Tonica: A Tennessee Love Story


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:

Venue: Grace Meadows Farm

Beauty: Bat N Rouge Beauty

Cake: Embrue House

Catering: Braeden’s Barbeque

Florist: Southern Knot Weddings

Officiant: Catherine Redwine

Photography (love story): Photo Tech Photography

Photography (wedding day): Cable Photography

Stationery: Stationery Bliss

Videography: Redbird Project 323