We love to hear about people in the wedding community doing great things, and just discovered Wish to Wed, a nonprofit organization helping struggling people have a dream wedding.
Wish to Wed is a Snohomish, WA-based group helping make wedding dreams come true for couples life-threatening obstacles such as terminal illness. By providing granting dream weddings that covers all costs from the venue, to the catering, to the DJ, Wish to Wed creates an opportunity these couples would not otherwise receive as mounting healthcare bills sap all of their funds.
The organization was started by friends Sarah Swanson, owner of Eventful Moments, Tracy Stocker, owner of Hidden Meadows and Trail Side Wedding and Events, and Laineemeg Bridal shop owner Zerlinda Lochtie, who have pooled their knowledge and resources to grant wishes to couples in need. The friends are currently preparing their first wedding for a lucky couple - Laura Woods and her fiance Elliott Hansen.
Photo courtesy of Wish to Wed.
Both Woods and Hansen are afflicted with cerebal palsy and at the young age of 27 both have been through a lot. Woods has had several surgeries on her legs, heart and eyes. Hansen has had an astonishing 101 surgeries - five on his legs and 93 on his throat as he is also afflicted with a rare condition called laryngeal papillomatosis, which caused tumors and papillomas that develop in his throat, growing over time and obstructing his airway. Sadly, these tumors recur frequently and require repetitive surgeries for him.
The couple started dating in 2010 and were engaged in June 2012. Woods' mother approached Wish to Wed with their story. "After reading their story, we felt this was a couple that had been through lots of downs in life and deserved a dream wedding," said Swanson. To read more about Woods and Hansen, visit their wedding website at weddingwire.com/MrMrsHansen.
If you know of a couple that may fit the Wish to Wed criteria, or if you're a vendor who would like to donate your services free of charge to help a couple in need, please contact Wish to Wed at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the organization, visit wishtowed.org.