Feb 14, 2011

Wish Upon a Wedding Philadelphia Launch...A Wonderful Affair

Did I take long enough to post this? Sorry...I lost this whole post...twice. AH

I must admit, the idea of a 2 hour drive from my North New Jersey office to the Wish Upon a Wedding (WuW for short) Philadelphia Chapter Event Launch...was a little daunting. BUT I was determined to get there, and I am so glad I did...because it was 100% worth it.

After finding a parking lot about a block away from the Top of the Tower...I pushed "50" and heading up. In truth, there is no other word to use to describe not only the evening - but also the organization - but amazing.

The night began mingling with the others in attendance. After registering, I had to go to the bathroom...where I met Christina Hill, owner of cHill weddings...it was totally cool. Then I spent 10 minutes trying to get my pin on...thank God for nice people (thanks Mary!). Once settling in, I started to walk around. From amazing cupcakes from Cupcakes Gourmet to signature turquoise drinks sponsored by Penn 1681 Vodka...everything was delicious.

I ate the chocolate ones...they were divine.

Then I stopped by the donations table to make a contribution and to snag some more photos...

Wish Upon a Wedding's Signature Handkerchief's sponsored by Li'l Inspirations

I finally made into the big room where we could eat, drink and dance (music by Cutting Edge DJs - shout out to Richie Abrams) where the theme carried over beautifully. 

After about a half hour, we were all asked to go into another room and the President of the Philadelphia chapter of WuW, Mark Kingsdorf - owner and master bridal consultant of Queens of Hearts Wedding Consulting - began his speech.

The speech was moving to say the least. He explained the beginnings of WuW, his involvement and what WuW does.
What if your doctor called and told you that you had a terminal prognosis and you were at the end of your life. What is the one thing you would want? If you're going out...you're going out big.
And then he queued up a video of couples who were touched by this amazing organization. Needless to say, everyone in the room was moved to tears.

Branded Productions put a great video of the event together (including Mark's speech) and I wanted to put the video up (thanks Ed!) on the blog HOWEVER...blogger is not letting me. So do two things...1 head to their Facebook page and "like" them...and then go here to see the amazing video! PS I'm in there, about 1:23ish in.

So let's review...what does WuW do? Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.

How can I help as a....Vendor? Wish Upon a Wedding relies on the generosity of professionals from the Wedding and Hospitality industries to provide goods and services for our Wish Recipients. By calling on our database of regional Wish Granters, they are able to make wedding dreams come true. From caterers to photographers, and from DJs to cake designers, {and everything in between}, they need you! 
Other ways to help...
Host a Fundraiser
Center pieces by Papertini

LOVE Cake by Bredenbeck's Bakery

Want to more photos?
Head over to DDOW's Facebook page to see my full album
Also, to see the full album from Unique Concepts, click here to view it on Facebook or here to see it on their blog/web site!!

Check out some more news coverage via YouTube...
NBC 10

Special shout out to all the cool people I met that evening!
Christina Hill & Natash Bunch - cHill Weddings
Richie Abrams - Cutting Edge DJs
Carmella Dellapore - Crown Jewel Events
Mary Ruegg - Brides Magazine
Allegra Fasnacht - Birchtree Catering
Jeremy Evans Thomas - Jeremy Evans Thomas Photography
Meredith Miller & Brittany Ostrov - Cloud Fish Studios
Candice Benson - The Finishing Touch


  1. Sara - thanks so much for this lovely blog posting. It was a fantastic event, and an honor for us to be a part of this most worthy cause. What a terrific evening!

    Ann Short
    Marketing Manager
    Unique Concepts Studio, Inc.

  2. Ann! Glad to have shared. It was quite memorable and the photos that UCS took were amazing.