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Blissful Wishes Ball: A Celebration Gala Benefiting Wish Upon a  Wedding
Nonprofit Announces First Annual Cross Country Galas and Online Auctions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, JUNE 30, 2010 – Wish Upon a Wedding, the world’s first wedding wish granting organization that produces weddings for individuals facing  terminal illness, announces today that November has been named the organization’s official Month of Giving. Several fund raising events—dubbed The Blissful Wishes Ball–are open to the public, and will take place in local cities across the country throughout the month of November. Event proceeds will help cover costs associated with granting wedding wishes.
In conjunction with these Galas, couples planning to be married will be able to bid for wedding-related auction items online or at any of the live events, all at incredible prices, during October and November. Wedding and event professionals representing more than 20 auction categories are donating the items, which cover many of the details and services needed to plan the perfect wedding. Items will be donated and available to engaged couples in 46 cities, and range from wedding gowns to tuxedos, invitations to cakes, and limousine services to honeymoons.

A dozen chapters of Wish Upon a Wedding are currently busy preparing for the nonprofit’s nation-wide celebrations, for which tickets will be available beginning August 15, 2010.  The online auctions will run during the months of October and November at

“We are excited to offer couples a way to bid on wishes for their own weddings, while donating to Wish Upon a Wedding.” said Sasha Souza, the organization’s national president.  Souza added, “The Galas that are taking place in November will be a chance for the local communities to learn more about Wish Upon a Wedding, while enjoying great food, entertainment, and exciting auction items from local vendors & suppliers.”

Launched in January 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding is experiencing tremendous growth, with more than 16 chapters nationwide. Those hosting a Blissful Wishes Ball include: Northern California, Southern California, Chicago, Washington D.C., Houston, The Carolinas, Colorado, Portland, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Orlando.  Additional events may be announced in the future.
Wish Upon a Wedding is looking for premier auction items related to the wedding and event industry, and services required for complete wedding packages. If interested in donating, and receiving great exposure for YOUR business, please visit the website and click on Donate an Item.  Be sure to add your item to the correct category (city), and don’t forget to include your company logo and URL.

If interested in learning more about how to help, or to apply to be a City Team Auction Leader, please visit or email Founder Liz Guthrie at .
About Wish Upon a Wedding

Wish Upon a Wedding is dedicated to granting weddings to couples who are facing terminal illness, regardless of sexual orientation.  The foundation was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes. The hope is that chosen recipients can inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength.  Wish Upon a Wedding is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Who Can Apply for a Wish?

Unmarried couples residing in or wishing to get married within 300 miles of these cities, who are over the age of 18, legal U.S. citizens, and where at least one individual has been diagnosed with having less than three years to live are eligible to apply for weddings. Applications are available by emailing

Liz Guthrie, Founder


St. Louis hosts an Amazing Caribbean Chic Launch Party!

The Fabulous Wish Upon a Wedding St. Louis Launch!

The Wish Upon a Wedding St. Louis Chapter officially kicked off on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 with a Caribbean Chic-themed launch party at Lumen Private Event Space in downtown St. Louis! A room full of about 160 supporters, wish granters, volunteers, committee members and board members helped kick the chapter off right and we couldn’t be more appreciative!

Everyone in the St. Louis wedding industry has already shown a tremendous amount of support for Wish Upon a Wedding, and the launch party was another testament to how supportive we can be! We had over 30 local vendors donate goods, services, time and space to the launch party, which means we didn’t go without a thing!

Our chapter president, Lacy Branch, shared a heartwarming speech explaining why Wish Upon a Wedding is so important to our community and the couple’s we seek to help! Lacy topped off her presentation with an inspirational video of the first Chicago chapter wish granted for Beth and Nick, video provided by I Do Films!

And of course our wonderful board members were all on hand to help spread the word! We’re all looking forward to getting the ball rolling for our first wish, which we hope comes very soon! We’re also continuing to seek out Wish Granters for our entire 300 mile radius!

Special thanks go out to all of our launch party sponsors who helped make the night possible with their giving spirits and who are all truly amazing! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Pictures are courtesy of Kelly Park Photography.


Lumen Private Event Space


Catering Your Way By Lisa

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Co.

El Borracho

EnFab Catering

Four Seasons St. Louis

Gooey Louie

Lumen Private Event Space

Mike Shannon’s Steaks & Seafood

Mosaic Modern/Fusion Restaurants

Orlando’s Catering & Special Event Design

Patty Long Catering

The Cakery


Anheuser-Busch InBev


Red Bird Sports Café & Billiards

Nadoz Café – Steven Becker Fine Dining


Kelly Park Photography

Goodeye Photoshare


Gebbs Wedding Films


Millennium Productions

Cynthia Faye


Parties & Props, Ltd.

RW Designs Events & Wedding Specialists

Sitting Pretty

St. Louis Audio/Visual

Tami Scott Salon, Cosmetics & Lounge

Tina Barerra, The Special Events Florist


Paper Frosting

Erwin and Ed – A Love Story

When we were contacted by Ed, he told us he wanted to do something special for his fiance Erwin, who had been battling lung cancer since 2008. At the time, Erwin went through a lot of medical treatments, and spent many days at the hospital and in and out of doctor’s offices.

Although he was very tired and did not have much energy, Erwin still went to work when he can.

Here is their Love Story:

Ed and Erwin met in New York City in the Spring of 2000. Ed was working in NYC for the summer, when he and Erwin met. They dated all summer long. Soon they knew that they were meant to be together…forever. When Ed had a job opportunity in Virginia, he asked Erwin to move with him. On the first anniversary of their meeting, Ed surprised Erwin with a Limo ride to party where Erwin’s friends were all hiding and asked Erwin to marry him. Life being what it is, they never wound up having a ceremony.

In March of 2004, Ed and Erwin adopted a special needs child from Guatemala. In July of 2007, they adopted another boy from Guatemala. Leon is now age 7 and Ilo is age 4.

In 2008, Erwin noticed an unusual pain in his back. He saw a few doctors and they detected a mass in his right lung, but they were unable to diagnose specifically what the problem was. In March of 2009, Erwin was diagnosed with stage IIIB lung cancer and given 6-12 months to live. The cancer had metastasized to his brain and bones. He  had 6 round of chemotherapy, 14 rounds of whole brain radiation and was on an oral medication called Tarceva at the time their Wish was granted. His cancer had been responding well to the new treatment, but the future is uncertain as lung cancer at this stage is always terminal.

Ed and Erwin had been taking one day at a time, enjoying their children and trying to travel when Erwin’s health permits.

Wish Upon a Wedding were honored to offer this very special family their wish: To celebrate Ed and Erwin’s TENTH anniversary as a couple by allowing them the chance to at long last seal their relationship with marriage.

The couple married in August 2010 in Washington D.C.

Cross Country Galas coming your way this November

Wish Upon a Wedding to host cross-country Galas during the month of November.

You do not want to miss the opportunity to receive a personal invitation, so sign up today!

Thanks to our supporters, Wish Upon a Wedding has quickly become known as “The Wedding Industry’s Charity of Choice”.  As the official Partner of Association of Bridal Consultants, Wishpot, and Get Married Media, we are having an amazing year!  This November, we will be celebrating with Galas at ALL of our chapter locations- and we would like to invite you as our special guest!

To date, we have donated four heartfelt weddings in various cities. There are at least three more wedding wishes about to be granted in the upcoming months. All of our Wish Recipients have one thing in common: At least one person has been diagnosed with having less than three years to live on their wedding day.

These events are celebrations of life and love.  We give our Wish Recipients a break from the daunting task of fighting for their good health and worrying about medical bills.  We allow them a chance to be surrounded by those most important to them, while being pampered by the industry’s finest.  The generosity of our Wish Granters enables us to provide all the details of  a dream wedding where everything from flowers to food, gown to DJ, and photography to transportation is taken care of for them.

Over 2,000 hospitality professionals from all over the nation have committed to make a difference, by signing up to be Wish Granters at all of our 16 active chapters.  We have approximately 150 dedicated board members working hard to establish Wish Upon a Wedding, which officially launched six months ago. A team of 10 National Volunteers make a huge difference in our day to day operations, working on everything from marketing to community outreach.  With 4,500 Facebook fans, and 2,100 followers on Twitter, our goal is to spread the word so that we eventually grant hundreds of wishes each year, and that we NEVER turn away a qualified applicant.

Wish Upon a Wedding works because of thousands of  volunteers who are passionate about making a difference. The one reason we are all here is to make wishes come true.  We create memories that will be cherished for years to come. Wish Granters who have had the chance to donate their products or services to a Wedding Wish Recipient have told us, “The experience changed my life forever.”

Join us today to find out how you can not only change your life, but make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Please feel free to cut and paste this information to use in your Blogs, and help us Spread the Wedding Wish Love on Facebook and Twitter!

* Wish Upon a Wedding  is the world’s first… the nation’s largest…  and your area’s most prolific wedding wish granting organization. We continue to grow stronger every day. We invite you to join our family as we create and establish the foundation that is changing the history of the way people marry. *

Click here to see the couple that inspired the creation of Wish Upon a Wedding

Click here for a recent wedding wish granted by Wish Upon a Wedding

In Memory of Shelly Sundstrom-Ellison

all photos courtesy of KCB Photogrpahy

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~Rabindranath Tagore

When Wish Upon a Wedding was first contacted by a social worker at Providence Hospice of Seattle, we were told Shelly had less than three weeks to live.  Battling a rare form of cancer, Shelly was in hospice care, and had a desire to have one last special celebration of life surrounded by her friends and family.

Shelly passed away just over three weeks after she married her love, Jay, in a ceremony and reception provided by Wish Upon  a Wedding.  She had been battling a rare type of cancerous lymphoma, which had left her very weak and nearly unable to leave her own bed. Jay faced his own medical challenges with MS, as well.  But the couple really wanted to celebrate their love and make their commitment to one another public, surrounded by their loved ones. Wish Upon a Wedding made that happen for them, and granted Shelly’s last wish: To marry her long  time fiance, Jay.

Although our Seattle Board of Directors had just wrapped up their first board meeting, and had not yet officially hosted a Launch Party, we wanted to help make Shelly’s last wish come true.

Being the true professionals they are, the Seattle board sprung into action, and within 10 days of meeting Shelly, they had nearly all the details secured for this special wedding.

They reached out to our local database of Wish Granters, who were honored to donate their goods and services to Wish Upon a Wedding, so Shelly and Jay could celebrate in this most heartfelt and moving ceremony.

Shelly and Jay became husband and wife on Sunday May 2, 2010 at Sander’s Mansion on the outskirts of Seattle. Shelly passed away peacefully in the morning on May 25, 2010, with her husband by her side.

As the cancer had taken its toll on Shelly, the bride had difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time, which Wish Upon a Wedding easily accommodated.  Using a wheelchair to reach the aisle, having her parents help her walk down the aisle, and sitting for the majority of the ceremony in no way detracted from Shelly enjoying the beauty of this special day.

Shelly’s daughters, Leslie, Summer-Lynn, Dawn and Tiffany were able to attend and proudly watched their mother marry the love of her life, Jay.  After Shelly passed, her daughter Shelly-Lynn said, “For everything you did for her and Jay, I truly thank you. Your gifts could not have been bestowed on a more deserving woman. She passed peacefully, as Shelly Lynn Ellison. Thank you for making that possible. And I hope everyone else you touch finds the same happiness my mom did.”

Shelly’s parents traveled in from Canada to walk their daughter down the aisle.

Shelly and Jay posed for many photos with their family and friends throughout the day, such as the one below, where you can see the love these people shared.

Butterflies gave Shelly peace towards the end of her life, and they were incorporated subtly into many parts of her wedding day.  Even her gown had a subtle butterfly motif embroidered into the hem.

The couple was whisked away in this beautiful limo provided by one of our wonderful Wish Granters.

Thank you to all those who made Shelly’s wedding wish come true.  RIP Shelly Sundstrom-Ellison.


Wishpot partners up with Wish Upon a Wedding

Cool news!

As of today, June 1, 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding is proud to announce another amazing partnership, designed to help spread the word about our organization in the hopes of helping more couples in need.

Wishpot and Wish Upon a Wedding have teamed up in a mutually beneficial agreement,  that will potentially reach thousands of engaged couples across the nation.

Wishpot is a free online service that makes it easy to save all the products couples are shopping for in one place while enabling them to discover and share those fabulous finds with friends and family. It is today’s most popular online wedding registry site, due to its user-friendly setup and vast array of millions of products available from hundreds of stores.

How does Wishpot work?

Wishpot lets you add products from anywhere on the web with the easy to install Wishpot Button. You can share items and lists with friends and family and they can reserve items for purchase. Once an item on your list is reserved Wishpot re directs whoever is purchasing the item to the site the item was added from or the site with the most competitive price for the transaction.

How we plan to help each other

Wishpot and Wish Upon a Wedding plan to endorse one another in just a few of the following ways:

  • Place each others’ logos and links in prominent locations on our websites
  • Feature quarterly blog posts for each others’ sites
  • Email blasts, Facebook and Twitter promotions

Additionally, Wishpot will provide registries for our Wish Recipients, and will feature Wish Recipient couples on the Wishpot wedding homepage in a widget, to facillitate donations to Wish Upon A Wedding.

We are really excited about this awesome new relationship and we would like to say “THANK YOU!” to the good people from this company who are so willing to help our couples and help ensure the success of Wish Upon a Wedding!

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1% is ALL it Takes to Help Make Wishes Come True!

New Program Allows Wedding Vendors to Easily Support Wish Upon a Wedding

Wish Upon a Wedding, the world’s first nonprofit wedding wish granting organization, is asking for the support of wedding vendors and industry professionals. This new organization, dubbed “the Wedding Industry’s Charity”, provides weddings for individuals facing life-threatening illness, at destinations across the United States, regardless of sexual orientation.

By donating just 1% of any sale (or 1% of your profits from one event), you can help Wish Upon a Wedding grant these very special wishes. Participants will be recognized for their generosity with an I support the  Wishing Well badge.

Launched in January of this year, the organization now receives new wedding wish requests on a weekly basis. Currently lacking the funds needed to bring long distance families together, these special celebrations may often be missing something (or someone). One of the organization’s goals is to fly up to four family members or loved ones to the weddings of every Wish Recipient, so they can spend a few days with those who matter most. There are many other expenses that Wish Upon a Wedding would like to cover as well, but they need YOUR help.

Founder Liz Guthrie explains, “Many people facing life threatening illness do not have the money or resources to plan a wedding. At last, the wedding industry has joined forces- and together we are making some incredibly special wedding wishes come true, by providing the celebration of one of life’s biggest milestones.” Guthrie adds, “No matter what the setting, Wish Upon a Wedding wants to provide everything necessary for these individuals, including making sure they are surrounded by their most special family and friends.”
It’s really easy!  To participate, visit this link.

As a supporter of the Wishing Well, participants will receive a custom-designed badge for their blog or website, that lets their clients and peers know that they support “the Wedding Industry’s Charity”. For information on other ways to help Wish Upon a Wedding, please visit our website at

Please feel free to cut and paste this information to use in your Blogs, and help us Spread the Wedding Wish Love!

Founder, Liz Guthrie
{877} 305-WISH

Upcoming Launch Parties Across America

  • Orlando Launch Party:

  • May 27, 2010 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    Tavern on the Lake 6996 Piazza Grande Ave, Orlando, FL
    Give it up for Love

    • Seattle Launch Party:

    May 27, 2010 7:00pm
    Pravda Studios
    1406 10th Ave
    Seattle, WA

    • St. Louis Launch Party:

    June 16, 2010 Theme: Caribbean Chic   6:30-8:30 PM                                                                   Lumen Private Event Space


    • The Carolinas Launch Party:

    June 24, 2010 6 :00pm
    NoHo Studio – Charlotte
    2130 North Tryon Street
    Charotte, NC

    • Houston Launch Party:

    June 30, 2010 6:00pm-10:00pm
    The Westin Galleria Houston
    5060 West Alabama
    Houston, TX

    LA/OC Chapter Launch Party was AMAZING!

    by Andrinique Davis, Southern CA Marketing Chair

    Wish Upon A Wedding, is the first ever nonprofit wedding wish granting organization, dedicated to providing weddings at destinations across the United States to terminally ill individuals, regardless of sexual orientation.

    I am the Marketing Chair for the Southern California Chapter, and we held our launch party on April 22nd at the Fabulous Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach, CA. I am so proud and honored to be part of an such an amazing evening, and to help raise awareness for such an important cause. There were flat screens everywhere showing what we do and how people can get involved.

    We are always looking for wish granters to join us in helping loving couples realize the wedding dreams. We also featured the most recent wedding Wish Upon A Wedding has granted  for Rehanna & Christian. The entire space was silent, as we were all moved to tears after watching there LOVE STORY ! Reminding us all why we became apart of such an amazing organization. There are over 15 chapters of WUW started already all over the nation and more are expected.

    We are now in the  pre-planning phases for our Gala Event in November.

    Here are some  photos from the night by Brian Khang Photographer.

    Here is a list of the great vendors who took part in this evening.

    Venue/CateringSeven-Degrees and Miscellaneous Catering The Fry Girl, Inc.

    Favors Candee by Sandee
    Cake and FavorsCake Goodness and Raise the Cake
    Live EntertainmentBlue Skies Events
    DJ/Sound Red Shoe Productions Gift Bag Favors  Sunshine Cakes and Catering Audio Visual/LightingDigital Sound Production Services {DPS}
    Floral design Heavenly Blooms
    Photography Brian Khang Photography and  OneLove Photography
    Videography Imagique Cinema
    BalloonsBalloon Divas
    Gift Bags/National Sponsor
    Lounge Furniture
    Entertainment {Caricature &/or Tarot Card/Psychic, etc.}
    Printing Services {Programs & Fundraising Tags}