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Wish Upon a Wedding is the world’s first organization providing wedding wishes to couples facing terminal illnesses or life-altering circumstances. Each couple receives wishes entirely through the generosity of “Wish Granters” from within the wedding and event industry. During the holiday season and the season of giving, it seemed appropriate for the Indianapolis Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding to grant the wedding wish of Elizabeth and Bryan, a couple from Fort Wayne.
The couple met while taking the bus every day and the two eventually began sitting next to each other during impromptu prayer sessions. After two years of prayer, church going and dating, Bryan proposed to Elizabeth.
Wish Upon a Wedding granted Elizabeth and Bryan their wish due to Elizabeth’s battle with lupus and multiple sclerosis—both debilitating diseases. Elizabeth suffers bouts where her body shuts down to the point where she can’t walk until she is given steroids and requires hospitalization. After that, she receives inpatient therapy for at least another month. She takes several medications and has undergone chemotherapy. The multitude of health issues has made it very difficult to plan a wedding. Wish Upon a Wedding wanted to grant her wish of a “Winter Wonderland Wedding” in time for the holidays.
Elizabeth and Bryan were married December 16th on the 25th floor of the PNC Center in downtown Fort Wayne at Empyrean Events and Catering. Hundreds of candles decorated the ceremony aisle and altar space as Elizabeth and Bryan were married in an intimate ceremony. As Elizabeth entered the aisle for the processional, Bryan exclaimed, “Elizabeth, you are the most beautiful woman in the world!” To see such raw emotion was a very sweet and tender moment for everyone present.
The reception was nothing short of magical: a long table dressed in silver sequined linen, adorned with dozens of floating candles; snow white floral, and goose down snow created an enchanted setting for the guests. The vision was created using silver branches canopied over the table and candles hung from the branches to allow candlelight to dance above the family and friends. At Elizabeth’s request, the silver sparkling cake featured several ombre shades of pale blue butterflies, which cascaded down the frosting. The entire scene sparkled as Elizabeth and Bryan enjoyed a five -course dinner with their family and friends before dancing to Motown music. Although the couple didn’t want the evening to end, they did it in style in a horse-drawn carriage and Elizabeth wrapped in a cozy fur stole.
Elizabeth and Bryan are the fourth Wish Recipient to be granted a wish by the Indianapolis Wish Upon a Wedding Chapter and one of more than 60 couples to receive a wedding wish nationwide. To learn more about how to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding, or to apply for a wish, visit www.WishUponAWedding.org.
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