Wish Upon A Wedding.....
Is a national organization that donates weddings through local vendors to couples facing terminal illness or life changing circumstances. Such is the case of David and Maureen.
From birth, David and Maureen were diagnosed with cerebral palsy. They met 20 years ago on a sports team for people with cerebral palsy. David saw Maureen sitting on the floor and went to say "Hi". The first thing she asked was if he would bring pizza to her place the next day. To her surprise he did!
A month later they moved in together and have been together ever since.
They have met many challenges in their 20 years together. Maureen is permanently disabled and David is her care giver. In 1996 they had a daughter together, but unfortunately were forced to give her up. They were able to see her a little while, but the adoptive parents eventually stopped the visitations.
Maureen has always dreamed of a wedding. Finances and the fact that she would lose benefits made it impossible, until David heard about Wish Upon A Wedding. He applied without Maureen knowing and the couple was accepted.
Wish Upon a Wedding asked me to be their planner. I met with them in November 2013. I soon discovered this was an amazing couple. Despite their difficulties and impairments, these two are a force. Intelligent, determined with an awesome sense of humor. I couldn't wait to give them the wedding of their dreams. We decided on January 10, 2014 as the day for their commitment ceremony. A fabulous team of Wish Grantor vendors was established and we got to work.
They had a fun filled Engagement shoot at Silver Gardens Event Center in Southfield (also their wedding site). Dionne Haglund (The Shooting Gallery) and Aaron Mayberry (Style in Motion) donated their photography and videography services. We were in stitches the whole time! They ended up with fantastic images and footage.
One of the incredible experiences in planning their wedding was when we took Maureen to Bella Rose Bridal to pick out her dress. Maureen picked out several to try on and at the last minute, David added one saying "this one is my favorite". We didn't tell Maureen which one David liked, but it so happened it's the first one she put on and she fell in love with it. She tried one more on just for the heck of it, but the first one was it. Michelle and the team at Bella Rose went out of their way to make sure Maureen was comfortable and had the experience every bride dreams of. They even made a train for her wheel chair!
Planning their wedding was such a rewarding experience for me and being a part of such a giving organization and group of vendors (Wish Grantors) was just amazing. The wedding day was nothing short of perfect for them. Silver Gardens was a fabulous location for both ceremony and reception. Beautiful linens provided by Parsonage Events. Mancuso's provided stunning centerpieces and altar arrangements. Stephen Hulbert (Hulbee wedding) delivered a touching ceremony as their officiate. The Elysium Experience provided incredible entertainment and musicians. Sweet and Savory created such an delicious and beautiful cake, along with a cookie that looked like a pizza!!!
Other vendors included:
The Tux Shop on Woodward - tuxes for groom and groomsmen
Kyana Lofton - hair and make-up
Entertainment Express - transportation
Sizemore Selectives - stationary
If you would like to know more about being a Wish Grantor or know someone who needs a wish granted click the link below!
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