Sylvia Weinstock

“I support Wish Upon a Wedding in their efforts to provide weddings to terminally ill individuals.  A simple ceremony and best wishes from friends and family is more meaningful than any grand and extravagant affair. After all it is the commitment that counts.”

Beth and Nick Get Married!

Beth and Nick- Chicago Chapter - April 2010

Beth and Nick- Chicago Chapter – April 2010

We are so happy to announce that the Chicago Chapter’s first wedding wish took place this weekend! You’ve read about Beth and Nick’s love story before, and now we are thrilled to say they are husband and wife.

The couple was married on Sunday, April 18th in the suburbs of Chicago. Beth loves cherry blossoms and since it coordinated so perfectly with the season, the flowers were incorporated throughout the wedding. The colors for the wedding were pink and moss green, and the cherry blossoms were included on the invitations, menu cards, cake, and real blossoms were gathered in bunches throughout the venue.

Beth chose a stylish birdcage veil for the day and carried a lovely bouquet full of pink and green blooms. She walked down the aisle to “Canon in D” and after a touching ceremony, the couple enjoyed a fabulous lunch with their guests hosted by Giovan’s Restaurant (one of their favorite places)!

The lush centerpieces of pink peonies, lilac and roses were housed in beautiful silver bowls that adorned each table. And, the sparkling cut crystal stemware and silver rimmed ivory china matched the theme perfectly. While Beth and Nick looked on from their sweetheart table the guests dined on homemade cavatelli pasta, grilled filet medallions, and chicken in a white wine sauce. After lunch the couple had their first dance to “Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Savage Garden, and then everyone enjoyed the adorable cherry blossom cake!

But most importantly, Beth and Nick were able to enjoy a day of celebration and love with their friends and family. As she told CBS news, “When you’re facing your own mortality, you realize how much more important it is to be with someone you love and people you care about,” said Beth, “and share your life with them, and let you know how much you care about them.”

Our sincere congratulations to Beth and Nick and a huge thank you to all who donated their time and services to make this wedding possible! For a full list of all the vendors involved, please see below. {All photos courtesy of Gerber + Scarpelli}


Thank you to our Wish Granters for Beth and Nick’s Wedding

April 18, 2010 in Chicago, IL


Officiant: Anita Weds, Anita Vaughan
DJ/Pianist: Bill Pollack Music, Bill Pollack
Wedding Consultant: Bliss Weddings and Events, Renny Pedersen
Floral and Event Design: Blumen Floral and Event Design, Amy Crum
Wedding Dress: Bridal Mansion of Lisle, Jane Skarosi
Transportation: Chicago Trolley Company
Rentals and Linens: Classic Party Rental, Sandy Sobczak
Invitations, Wedding Programs and Paper Products CW designs, Carol Woldhuis
Lighting: Frost Lighting, Samantha Steele
Photography: Gerber and Scarpelli Weddings, Kurt Gerber
Wedding Location and Food: Giovan’s Restaurant, Giovan Cullota
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Joliet, Rich Hattan
Videography: I Do Films, Lori Roche and Matt Buckman
Wedding Favors: Katherine Anne Confections, Katherine Anne Duncan
Tuxedo: Lorenzo’s Tuxedos, Vince Marrone
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth Chicago, Cheryl Bayma
Wedding Cake: Take the Cake, Mary Winslow
Wedding Rings: Takohl Jewelry, Tammy Kohl
Makeup: Starlight Makeup, Lillian Toma

All goods and services were generously donated by the vendors listed above! Thank you to our CHICAGO chapter Board of Directors and Congratulations Beth and Nick!!!

Their Love Story

CBS Nightly News Coverage Beth and Nick Get Married!

Christian and Rehanna Get Married!

When we first heard from Christian that he wanted to marry his sweetheart, we were in awe of his positive and upbeat attitude.  After meeting he and his fiance, we were convinced that these are two of the nicest people we’ve ever met.  A very sweet couple who dated fourteen years ago, they ended up going separate ways.  As luck would have it, Rehanna found Christian on My Space and they were soon reunited.  Then in a flash, they were falling BACK in love, talking about marriage.

When Wish Upon a Wedding received his application, he was just weeks away from undergoing a kidney transplant, and was currently receiving dyalisis treatments three days a week, while fending off end stage renal failure.

It was clear how very much in love he was, and how important it was to him to make Rehanna his wife.  There was no question that we would make their wedding wishes come true, and we had just three weeks to do it.

Three weeks may sound quick to plan a wedding, but we actually secured all vendors, including the venue and the catering within two days!  When we asked Christian and Rehanna if they had a favorite venue, they immediately responded “1 Fort Mason“. 

All it took was one simple phone call to the 1 Fort Mason event coordinator Pat Swan, who just as instantly told us she would love to help Christian and Rehanna’s dreams come true.

Some of the bay area’s top wedding professionals joined forces to ensure that Christian and Rehanna would experience the perfect day, while surrounded by fifty of their most cherished friends and family.

The inspiration for design came from some photos provided by the bride to be.  She envisioned a blue and white color scheme, and lots of sparkles.  She sent a photo of the necklace she was going to wear, (gorgeous!) encrusted with shiny blue crystals.  The florist Leah from Flaxx Floral Design placed similar beautiful blue crystals in the center of the white calla lilies in her bouquet.  I happened to be standing there when Rehanna noticed this extra special touch for the first time, and saw tears of joy come to her eyes.  She later told me she has never in her life cried so much from sheer happiness. 

Her bouquet was made of white miniature calla lily, blue muscari ,white and blue hydrangea, white freesia, and white ecuadorian Polo roses. The stems were encircled in white satin and embellished with two crystal bands and accented with many blue pearl pins. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar but smaller, made of blue Hydrangea, blue Tweedia,white freesia,  and Polo Roses.

The ceremony was a rustic iron garden structure (donated by Greenworks) draped  in pale blue, gray and slate with cluster of flowers on four corners. The  flowers were predominately white with standard white Calla Lily, Polo roses, white dendrobium, orchids,trailing foliages. and Dogwood.

The fantastic escort card display was crafted from gorgeous white Dogwood branches spewing out of large glass cylinder vase with ribbons and little jewel holders for the cards.

The centerpieces were designed in white ceramic fluted bowls with blue and white Hydrangea, Polo roses, freesia, Tweedia,miniature  white calla lilies,dusty miller,Viburnum  geranium foliage. They were surrounded by crystal accented votive holders.

A cake that was as delicious as it was beautiful was donated by Marina Sousa of Just Cake, made to resemble an elegant quilting pattern.  The top of the cake was adorned with a completely hand made sugar flower bouquet.

The chairs had clusters of coordinating flowers on every other chair. The flower girls had petal baskets, and they wore  hand made hairgarlands with muscari, dendrobium orchids and baby white roses with blue and white ribbons streaming with blue crystal accents.   These are his two adorable daughters from a previous marriage.  They were so excited at the wedding, and I heard one of them delightfully exclaiming “Dady’s married! Daddy’s married!”  Then she and her twin ran up and gave him the biggest and most beautiful hug!  My heart melted!

Silver chivari chairs and blue moiree table linens from Hartmann Studios set the stage for the menu cards and table names provided by Marizette Paperie.  The guests danced the night away on a glimmering all white dance floor.

All the flowers were generously donated by Flaxx Floral Designs’ vendors at the San Francisco Flower Mart: Americana,Torchio, Highlite and one other that wishes to remain anonymous.  The beautiful embrodiered hankie is from L’il Inspirations,

After the wedding, I had the chance to speak to both Rehanna and Christian who were still floating on Cloud Nine.  Christian said,  “All the vendors were amazing, and we still cannot believe that Wish Upon a Wedding did all of this for us.  To be able to marry Rehanna in such a beautiful setting was like a dream come true. We cannot thank you enough.”

Congratulations Christian and Rehanna, from all of us at Wish Upon a Wedding!

For a complete list of Wish Granters who made this WISH come true, please click here.

Christian and Rehanna Get Married!

Florence and Michael Get Married

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.

To learn more about what we provide, please visit our Weddings Page.

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
At last

Live Video Stream from Marry Me Live
Good Day Sacramento’s Coverage Florence and Michael Get Married!

Good Day Sacramento Covered our First Wish

Good Day Sacramento Covered Our First Wish

Florence & Michael, March 13, 2010

“It is an honor and a blessing for me to be involved with Wish Upon a Wedding. Equally Wed, the nation’s premier same-sex wedding magazine, fully supports the organization’s mission to provide weddings to both straight and gay couples facing terminal illness. Love is universal, transcending disease and politics.”

Kirsten Palladino, Editor in Chief, Equally Wed magazine

“It is an honor and a blessing for me to be involved with Wish Upon a Wedding. Equally Wed, the nation’s premier same-sex wedding magazine, fully supports the organization’s mission to provide weddings to both straight and gay couples facing terminal illness. Love is universal, transcending disease and politics.”

—Kirsten Palladino, Editor in Chief, Equally Wed magazine

“It is an honor and a blessing for me to be involved with Wish Upon a Wedding. Equally Wed, the nation’s premier same-sex wedding magazine, fully supports the organization’s mission to provide weddings to both straight and gay couples facing terminal illness. Love is universal, transcending disease and politics.”

—Kirsten Palladino, Editor in Chief, Equally Wed magazine

Christian and Rehanna's E-Session

Christian and Rehanna will become husband and wife, just days before Christian receives a kidney from his sister. Wish Upon a Wedding will be granting them their dream wedding at the historic 1 Fort Mason in San Francisco.

Engagement Photos

From Damion Hamilton Photography

Thank you Damion for these GORGEOUS pictures taken just days ago!

Thanks to Christian and Rehanna for sharing your special day with us…