So I just signed up as a volunteer with a fabulous network of wedding vendors who'd like to make a real impact on someone's life. Wish Upon A Wedding is an organization that provides weddings at destinations across the United States for individuals facing life-threatening illness. It is a chance for couples to enjoy a very special day, without any thoughts of existing health issues, while surrounded by their closest family and friends. Since January, when it was founded in San Fransisco, 15 chapters have popped up across the country, and with such an awesome goal, I anticipate a ton more will sprout up by the end of the year.
Beth and Nick were the Chicago chapter's first "wish" wedding. They were married April 18, 2010 (Congrats)!!!!
Beth and Nick had been together for almost 10 years when Beth was diagnosed with urachal adenocarcinoma. A few short weeks later, as she was about to undergo surgery to remove part of her bladder, her navel and several lymph nodes, Nick quietly returned to the jewelry store they had visited together and purchased the engagement ring. That evening, Nick proposed. And although it has undoubtedly been a difficult road and Beth will continue the fight for her life, Beth and Nick had the wedding they always dreamed of thanks to vendors who donated their time, money, expertise, and compassion via Wish Upon A Wedding.
Here are a couple pics of items and services donated that made this dream-come-true wedding come true...
Floral and Event Design: Blumen Floral and Event Design, Amy Crum
Wedding Dress: Bridal Mansion of Lisle, Jane Skarosi
Wedding Cake: Take the Cake, Mary Winslow
Rentals and Linens: Classic Party Rental, Sandy Sobczak
Wedding Location and Food: Giovan’s Restaurant, Giovan Cullota
Lighting: Frost Lighting, Samantha Steele
Photography: Gerber and Scarpelli Weddings, Kurt Gerber
Makeup: Starlight Makeup, Lillian Toma
You can read their story, and see a complete list of the vendor's who shared their services on the Wish upon a Wedding website.
The story touched my heart... it's honestly hard not to tear up thinking about it. Knowing there is an organization where I can donate my time and expertise to a couple who will forever cherish those precious moments together, makes me feel good about the world. We often get wrapped up in deadlines, number-crunching, production, and all the general hulabaloo of the wedding industry and forget the whole reason we're in it. To make dreams come true.
I hope all you vendors out there will check out the org, and sign up as a wish granter.
Thanks for reading ;)
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