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Bride for a cause charity wedding dress sale is Feb. 22 in Des Moines
Brides for a Cause will be hosting a special Charity Wedding Dress Sale Feb. 20-22 at the Landmark Event Center in Des Moines, Wa. to support Wish Upon A Wedding, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing weddings and vow renewals for individuals facing terminal illness and other serious life-altering circumstances.
The wedding dress sale will feature 1,000 new and gently used wedding dresses discounted up to 75% off retail prices. All wedding gowns featured have been donated by bridal stores and individuals across the country and resold to raise funds for charity. Gowns will be available in every price range, starting at just $150. On average, the gowns will be priced at $350-$400.
Designer wedding dresses, some retailing at $5,000, will be offered starting at just $500. Sizes range from 0-24. Veils starting at just $30 among other bridal accessories will be offered at the event. 50% of the proceeds will go directly to Wish Upon A Wedding. Please visit www.bridesforacause.com for details and to pre-register.
During the event, wedding dresses 2008 and newer will be accepted at the event. Donations are tax deductible. Volunteers are also needed to help at the event. People may sign up for shifts online.
Wish Upon A Wedding is searching for a local wish recipient in the Seattle/Tacoma area who is in need of a dream wedding. Couples who are faced with a life threatening illness or other serious life-altering circumstance are encouraged to apply for a wedding wish by visiting www.wishuponawedding.org.
VIP SNEAK PEEK
Thursday, February 20, 6 PM – 9 PM
Brides can get first dibs on the dresses before the sale opens to the general public! Includes complimentary appetizers provided by the Landmark on the Sound Event Center. $15 Bride + 1 Guest; $10 Extra Guest Tickets. Reserve your spot online at www.bridesforacause.com.
Friday, February 21 from 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday, February 22 from 10 AM – 4 PM
Free admission, open to the public, no appointments necessary!
The sale will take place at Landmark on the Sound Event Center, 23660 Marine View Drive, Des Moines, WA 98198
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With ‘Wish Upon A Wedding,’ A Commitment In Sickness And In Health
Helaina Hovitz, Contributor
2/11/2014 @ 8:00AM
Organization helps couples facing terminal illness make a forever commitment
Chris and Heather of Portland, Oregon fell in love almost instantly—he made her blush, and had a certain energy that she found irresistible. It wasn’t long before she knew he was the one, and Chris felt the same way about her.
“He just walks into a room and it makes me crazy happy,” Heather says. “If he’s near me, I’m happier.”
A year after they started dating, Heather was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.
Several months later, Chris brought her to the top of the mountain they climbed on their first date. Surrounded by all of their closest friends, he got down on one knee and proposed.
“I was very surprised. I don’t know anyone who would want to marry someone terminally ill,” said Heather. “I love him, and I knew he wasn’t going anywhere, but I didn’t think he wanted to marry me. It’s a different level of commitment.”
Of course, she said yes, unable to imagine her life without him. But amid all of the medical bills, finding the money to throw the actual wedding was a different story. Heather was faced with the decision of putting $20,000 towards trying to extend her life as long as possible, or spending it on a wedding.
“It was a no brainer,” she said. “So we thought we’d just end up going down to the courthouse.”
Then, Heather heard about an organization called Wish Upon a Wedding, a nonprofit that provides free weddings to couples facing terminal illness and other serious life-altering circumstances. California-based wedding planner Liz Guthrie founded the organization in September of 2009 when she became inspired to rally thousands of volunteers around the country to donate their time, products, and services to help make wedding wishes come true.
Photo by Rachel Capil
“When a terminal diagnoses hits, there’s a new sense of urgency to fulfill your dream of walking down the aisle,” said Guthrie. “They’re bonding themselves for eternity through the ceremony. The most sacred thing we can do is commit ourselves to one another, forever, in life and in death.”
When Heather first heard about the organization, she was hesitant to ask for help. But in February of 2013, she learned that the cancer had metastasized to her lungs, and she had a change of heart.
“I knew the cancer liked me and was going to keep going. I worried I’d never get to our wedding,” she said. “I didn’t want to be the one bringing bad news anymore. I wanted to bring my family and friends together to celebrate my life, and our life.”
Planning her wedding, she says, was the best six months of her life.
“There are so many daily reminders that I’m sick and facing a disease, and I’m constantly trying to tackle the idea that I’m probably going to die,” she said. “But the whole time we were planning the wedding, nobody ever made me feel like I was sick or reminded me that I was dying. They carried me.”
When the big day finally arrived, Heather put on her wedding dress and felt like a queen; she didn’t have a worry in the world. She wasn’t thinking about the fact that she was marrying someone she was going to leave—she was thinking about the fact that that she loved somebody, and was going to love them forever, as long as that was.
Four weeks after the wedding, Heather got the news that her disease had progressed again.
“She’s fighting, but last year she had two reoccurrences. She’s been doing aggressive chemo for a long time,” said Chris. “She knows she’s everything to me and that I’ll be with her no matter what. We have struggles, but everyone has struggles. We have a good life, and I am going to love her forever.”
Another couple dealing with similar struggles is Mark and Lori.
Mark proposed to Lori shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day 2012, and the Chicago based couple began planning a destination wedding, just the two of them, to Hawaii. A few months later, Lori was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.
As the oncology nurse ran through all of the treatments she would have to undergo, Lori suddenly said, through tears, “I was supposed to get married this year.” The nurse told her about a wedding planner she’d heard about who arranged weddings for people in her situation.
Photo by Rick Aguilar
“We weren’t together very long, and Mark easily could’ve walked. But he made me feel beautiful. I had no eyelashes or eyebrows, which is not a pretty sight, but he would always tell me how beautiful I was and how much he loved me,” said Lori.
Lori waited until her treatments were over, and the two were married in March of 2013. With the help of Wish Upon a Wedding, they had a “vintage romantic” wedding, full of roses and gardenias in different shades of peach, white, and pink.
Mark said he knew that they would get married, no matter what.
“She’s the most beautiful woman in the world. She makes everyone around her happy,” he said. “I want to be with her for the rest of her life, or mine.”
The nonprofit also grants “special circumstance wishes” to 10% of couples who qualify as having serious life altering circumstances and face incredibly serious challenges.
David and Maureen, who both have cerebral palsy, fall into that 10%.
Maureen knew she wanted to marry David when he showed up to her house with a pizza for their first date—she was surprised that he actually showed up. From then on, David treated her like a princess, wheeling her everywhere she needed to go, fixing up the apartment, and making her laugh.
Photo by the Shooting Gallery
Over the past twenty years, they’ve been through the joyous moments together, like the birth of their daughter, as well as the heartbreaking ones, like the day they were forced to give her up for adoption.
“I know her first wish is to be able to meet our daughter, Amy, but I haven’t been able to give her that, so I wanted to give Maureen a beautiful wedding. It was her lifelong wish to get married. I personally am not financially able to give her the wedding of her dreams, so I asked Wish Upon a Wedding for help,” said David. “We would never have been able to afford something like this. We are so appreciative that they accepted us.”
Wish Upon a Wedding just announced the addition of bedside services at hospitals and hospices, granting couples a final wish just days—or hours—before one of them passes on.
“Why do people want to get married when they only have days left? It’s not about dancing and partying. It’s their last wish to be connected spiritually,” said Guthrie. “It’s taking a piece of your heart and tying it to the other person you’re in love with regardless of if they’re still here physically or not. It’s forever merging that love, even after they’re gone.”
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Brides for a Cause is headed to Orange County for the first time ever! Join us for a special Charity Wedding Dress Sale to support charity on April 25-26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santa Ana-Orange County Airport! Brides will have 2 days to shop among 800+ wedding gowns while our tour is in town! If you are a bride looking for your dream dress and want to save up to 75%, this event is for you!
VIP SNEAK PEEK
Friday, April 25, Noon – 1 PM
Your VIP ticket gives you “first dibs” on the dresses before the sale opens to the general public!
Get early entry for just $5 per person!
Friday, April 25, 1 PM – 7 PM
Saturday, April 26, 9 AM – 5 PM
Free admission! Bring your entourage!
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santa Ana-Orange County Airport
201 East MacArthur Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
- Featuring 800+ wedding dresses!
- All gowns 35-75% off in sizes 0-20, Veils start at just $30!
- Fitting room on-site to try on the wedding dresses
- Volunteers and seamstresses to help assist you
- Get a designer dress at half the price!
- Most dresses are brand new, never worn from designer stores!
- You won’t find this selection anywhere else
- Don’t miss us while our Bridal Store on Wheels is in Orange County for 2 days ONLY!!
- Discounted bridal accessories available
- Walk away with your dream dress at the time of purchase
We have received numerous inquiries from brides all over the country asking whether we have certain dresses in stock. So, we wanted to start listing some of our wedding dresses that we have online, so that we can connect more brides with their dream gowns!!
We have roughly 1,500 wedding gowns in stock, and it’s growing every week, so please keep in mind this is not ALL of our inventory. So if you are planning to come to our Portland Boutique or attend one of our Road Shows, you’ll be able to shop through more gowns that what we have listed.
For those who are not in our area, we have listed many of our high end designer gowns, mainly the “new” inventory that just came in! We received over 300 brand new gowns just in December from bridal stores alone. Lots of lace!!!