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.
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* 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. *
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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.
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!
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 www.wishuponawedding.org/how-to-help
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SFGate.com recently featured a touching story about a beautiful wedding that Wish Upon a Wedding’s Northern California chapter planned for a highly deserving and deeply in love couple. If you haven’t read their story yet, you can read it here or below!
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.
“Wish Upon a Wedding is such an amazing organization. Everyone deserves to marry their soul mate in the wedding of their dreams, and that is what Wish Upon a Wedding is all about. Thank you to all of those who devote their time and energy to such a wonderful organization.”
Launched in January of 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that provides weddings across the United States for individuals facing terminal illness. The Association of Bridal Consultants will work closely with Wish Upon a Wedding to help give the gift of a dream wedding to couples—often requiring vendors to be available to provide services within 72 hours of receiving a Wish application.
By relying on the generosity of wedding and hospitality vendors, known as Wish Granters, Wish Upon a Wedding is able to provide all the goods and services needed to produce these memorable occasions.
“As the world’s largest association of wedding professionals, ABC is proud to launch this partnership with Wish Upon a Wedding,” said David M. Wood, president of the Association of Bridal Consultants.”In a world with some questionable non-profits, Wish Upon a Wedding is a breath of fresh air created solely to provide special wedding wishes to deserving couples. ABC is honored to work closely with WUW, and to reach out to our talented ABC wedding coordinators and suppliers so engaged couples facing a terminal illness can still have their wedding dreams come true.”
With 15 chapters throughout the nation, lead by National President and ABC Master Bridal Consultant Sasha Souza, Wish Upon a Wedding is growing rapidly. The organization plans to follow in the footsteps of the Association of Bridal Consultants, raising the level of professionalism in the industry, by asking only true professionals to donate their goods and services to the couples in need.
Unmarried couples 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 on the website.
“When our Wish Granters volunteer to help make these wedding wishes come true, they experience a new highlight in their careers,” said ABC member Liz Guthrie, founder of Wish Upon a Wedding. “Working together to create a profound event for the couple, the vendors form a unique bond and become fast friends, not only with the other Wish Granters, but with the couple receiving the wish and their families. Many Wish Granters describe the experience as life-changing.”
About Wish Upon a Wedding
Wish Upon a Wedding is dedicated to granting weddings at destinations across the United States to couples who are facing terminal illness. 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.
About the Association of Bridal Consultants The Association of Bridal Consultants is the oldest and largest trade association serving wedding professionals worldwide. Headquartered in Connecticut, the ABC has grown steadily since its inception in 1955 and currently has over 4,000 members located in all 50 states and in 27 countries (www.BridalAssn.com). The organization manages over 20,000 high-end weddings every year and all members are required to take continuing education and adhere to the ABC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of Membership.
Shelly and James to be married on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
After 10 years together Shelly and James will be husband and wife on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010. It all started when Shelly became the caretaker of James when he was diagnosed with MS. Shelly and James had always planned to be married but were waiting for their children to grow up. Their relationship has always been a special one and they are the sweetest couple you could ever meet. They’ve supported each other throughout the years and were planning their dream wedding to become husband and wife at a friend’s lakefront home on a rolling green lawn with the lake in the background. During this time Shelly became ill herself and was diagnosed with Metastatic Lymphoma.
With the focus on getting married Shelly finds her strength in the quote “death to the cocoon brings life to the butterfly”. Family and friends will be gathering at Sanders Mansion on Sunday, May 2nd to witness this memorable wedding overlooking the Mill Pond in the Green River Valley west of Kent. Shelly will be wearing a stunning white silk chiffon gown with an empire waistline with the hem embroidered with very subtle pastel flowers and butterflies with a matching veil and shoes. James will be in a casual and simple jacket to reflect the scenic setting. Family and friends will celebrate with the new couple by dining on classic comfort foods and enjoying a candy buffet in place of a wedding cake.
With the the strength and love of Shelly and James and the overwhelming support of the community this wedding will be nothing short of a fairytale.
Wish Upon a Wedding Seattle is proud to grant Shelly and James their dream wedding. We couldn’t have done this without the following wish grantors: