As many of you know, I have been working alongside The Elysia Skye Breast Cancer Organization to produce a wedding from start-to-finish in 10 days flat for a bride who was recently diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer. (If you are new to this story, you can read about our incredibly brave bride Jenn by clicking the link above.) We are currently smack-dab-halfway through that time frame and working ‘round-the-clock to make this dream a reality.
Elysia herself came up with this idea and put together an Indiegogo campaign with the intention of crowdsourcing the funds for a small wedding, as well as generating a little bit extra to help cover the cost of moving Brian (Jenn’s fiancé) to Los Angeles and contribute a bit to Jenn’s out-of-pocket cancer treatment costs.
And then something astonishing happened…
Friends, family, business owners, companies – all kinds of people – jumped (and I mean JUMPED!) at the opportunity to donate their venues, products, services and time. With four days left in the fundraiser, the team and supplies for this intimate wedding for 30 guests are nearly fully arranged, and 95% of them are being provided by donation.
Thanks to all these unbelievable vendors, a vast majority of the funds raised will now be able to go towards treatments to help extend the time this brilliantly bright soul has on our planet. What an astounding wedding gift that would be! Please, if you can over the next few days, consider donating a few dollars. And please PLEASE, pass Jenn’s story onto your connections. Every little re-post helps.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!
UPDATE 4/17/13: Jenn and Brian, Elysia and I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has donated their money, time, goods and services. Below you will find a list of ROCK STAR vendors who came together without hesitation to make what was just an idea last Wednesday a reality this coming weekend. We cannot thank them enough!
Ceremony Venue - Yamashiro
Reception Venue, Food & Drink - M Bar
Photography - The Coco Gallery
Videography - NST Pictures
Wedding Cake – The Butter End Cakery
Makeup – Alli B Makeup
Wig – Nigel’s Beauty Emporium
Transportation – Classy Chassis Rentals
Wedding Gown Alterations – In Stitches
Accessories – Petal Blush Love
Balloons – Balloon Celebrations
Hotel Accommodations (courtesy of Antoine Berberi, GM) - Hollywood Roosevelt
Wedding Officiant - LA Wedding Woman
Wedding Planning and Coordination – Rebel Belle Weddings
Additionally, we extend our very deepest appreciation to the following friends and family members who so generously contributed their time, energy and special talents as well: Christine & Marsha (for the lovely flowers), Yasmin (for the gorgeous hairstyling), Jovina (for the stunning wedding gown), Branden (for the fabulous music), Jeremy (for the super-cool guest book), Dorian & Lynn (for the plentiful wine and funky photo booth props), Hayley (for the magnificent giant flowers), “Make it Pretty” Megan (for just that talent), Heather & Gavin (for the helping hands), and last but very much not least – Lorraine, Madelyn, Blanca, Marlan, Jenny, Emilyn, Jennifer and Meilanie (for all the decor, wedding goodies, support and love).
(So many people have come forward to help, and we have been working so quickly, that it is entirely possible I have missed someone on this list. If so, please accept my apology in advance and email me right away!)
Update 4/20/13: If you are reading this prior to April 27, 2013, there is still time to donate on our Indiegogo page to help Jenn & Brian. (And if you’re shopping for a Los Angeles area wedding officiant, a $1000 donation not only helps out Jenn & Brian, it also procures you the services of one of the fabulous gals over at LA Wedding Woman!)