Wedding Pink 2018 and New Website

Happy Thanksgiving! 

There is so much to be thankful for and we appreciate all of the support we have received over the years from everyone particularly the vendors and donors. Without them The Wedding Pink would not be possible.

We have two big announcements to make.

First off we have just launched our beautiful new website, huge thank you to our 2014 bride Erika for the lovely redesign. 

And, drumroll please, The Wedding Pink 2018 will be held at the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia, Colorado on Thursday, October 25. We are beyond excited to partner with this exquisite venue. It's a true Colorado destination wedding venue that you and your guests will never forget, just south of Denver, yet a world away. Surrounded by mountain views the breathtaking clubhouse is nestled amongst unrivaled scenery in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  This beautiful venue has multiple fireplaces, custom wood details and intricate stonework creating a rustic Colorado feel.

Please visit our submissions page if you or someone you know would like to apply for the wedding.

 

 

A Beautiful Note From Laurie And Jessie

It's rare in this world to instantly connect with people over the written word but that is what happened when The Wedding Pink selection committee read Laurie and Jessie's story. We are thrilled to welcome these special people into our Pink Family.

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In Laurie's words, her experience of being selected as the recipient of The Wedding Pink 2017:

When we got engaged in October 2015, we started discussing what our ideal wedding would look like. However, those discussions didn’t last very long because less than two months later, I was staring at a Stage III breast cancer diagnosis. As with so many other things on our agenda, the wedding was put on a back burner so I could focus on getting through my treatment. 

Near the end of my active treatment, a friend sent me a link to The Wedding Pink. I read everything that I possibly could on the website, and I immediately fell in love with the idea of a beautiful Colorado wedding. I got to work on my application, hit the Submit button, and crossed my fingers. 

A couple days later I received a call from Melissa. Instantly we connected, and I knew right then that even if I didn’t win, I wanted to somehow stay in contact with her and The Wedding Pink. The next call with Cheryl and the larger committee solidified that thought. All I kept saying over and over is that I wanted to somehow remain connected to this amazing organization and the wonderful people involved. 

When the committee asked me why I should be chosen over someone else, I said, and still honestly believe, that I am no more deserving than so many others out there who have gone through this breast cancer experience. Every single one of us was deserving of a silver lining. For me, however, this was about so much more than me. I wanted to give Jessie, my fiancee, my caregiver, my co-parent, and my everything something beautiful after everything she had gone through with me. 

We cried tears of joy when we found out we were chosen as the 2017 Wedding Pink couple. Our excitement only grew once we flew out to Colorado for our initial meeting with The Wedding Pink organization and our wonderful team of vendors! Everyone was SO kind and generous with their time and their services. We were floored at just how incredible this experience was shaping up to be! 

We had so much fun picking out our dresses, flowers, invitations, food, and especially the CAKE! :) We also almost were blown off a mountain top during our engagement photos, but, hey, anything for the perfect shot, right? :) 

As we were boarding our plane to go back to Cleveland, Cheryl told us that the next few months were going to fly by quickly. She was right! Before we knew it, we were back out in Colorado with our friends and family preparing for the big day! 

The big day….er….the big SNOWY day, is a more appropriate way to describe our wedding day! Even though it was the end of May, we awoke to a very large amount of snow on the morning of our wedding. Thankfully, we’re from Cleveland, and, as Elsa says, “the cold never bothered me anyway.” Even though it was a wee bit chilly, the snow made for absolutely gorgeous wedding photos. One friend even described it as “nature’s confetti,” and I think that’s an absolutely perfect way to look at it. 

The Evergreen Lake House was set up in a stunning show of raindrop lights and gorgeous table settings. Our wonderful wedding planner, Ann, even added a special surprise to our napkin holders by adding lyrics from Hamilton, our favorite musical. That was such a sweet thing for her to do, and I found myself teary-eyed from the gesture. The music, the food, the cake, the DJ, the flowers, and the officiant were all perfect. Everything was even more magical than either of us could have imagined. 

We visited with friends who had flown in from Ohio, Kentucky, and several other states, shared toasts, and danced the night away. Our children were able to participate in the wedding ceremony and also enjoy the photo booth and the bar of candy (which was Finnegan’s favorite part of the entire wedding!). 

When we drove away from the venue after the wedding was over, we looked at each other, alone for the first time as a married couple, and just said “Wow! That was the most incredible experience we could ever have imagined.” 

The Wedding Pink exceeded our wildest dreams, and we are eternally grateful for all who donated their time and services to making the day magical. Of course none of this would be possible without Cheryl and her kindness toward fellow breast cancer survivors. Ann is the most amazing wedding planner, and I don’t know how we could have done all of this without her guidance. Jessie and I have so much gratitude for Cheryl, Ann, and all of the other wonderful people who helped make this day beautiful. 

“Look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!”

Laurie

Sneak Peek at Laurie and Jessie's Wedding

We are thrilled to have wrapped up our 7th annual Wedding Pink. Despite an unexpected and unusual May snow storm it was a beautiful wedding. Here is a sneak peek of Laurie and Jessie's special day. 

A gigantic thank you to Ali & Garrett Photographers for their beautiful photographs.

Dress Shopping at The Bridal Collection

As most of you know Laurie and Jessie were recently in town to meet with vendors and plan their upcoming wedding. One of the stops they made was to pick out dresses at The Bridal Collection. We wanted to extend a huge thank you to them as they donated brand new dresses to both of the ladies. We all had a fun experience watching them try on and pick out their special dresses. Don't worry, we aren't spoiling the surprise. The dresses that they picked are not shown below.

Meet & Greet, Wednesday Feb 8

We are excited to be partnering with Resolute Brewing for a meet and greet with this year's Wedding Pink couple, Laurie and Jessie.  

We sincerely hope you will be able to stop in to say hi and have a drink. A portion of all drink sales benefit The Wedding Pink.  

Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there!

Kendra Scott Gifts

We were so excited when Hilary from Kendra Scott dropped off these beautiful gifts for all of our Wedding Pink applicants.

Although we could only choose one winning couple we were honored that so many people took the time to apply for the wedding. They each received a beautiful pair of pink and gold earrings compliments of Kendra Scott.

Thank you Kendra Scott, Cherry Creek for your generosity!

 

Introducing Laurie + Jessie!

We are proud to introduce the recipients of The Wedding Pink 2017, Laurie and Jessie. We are honored to be offering them a silver lining with a beautiful wedding ceremony after enduring a long year of surgeries, doctor appointments, chemo and radiation.

Laurie and Jessie will tie the knot on May 18 at the Evergreen Lake House.

Their beautiful story can be read here.

Evergreen Lake House

The Wedding Pink 2017 will be held at the Evergreen Lake House on Thursday, May 18.

Evergreen Lake House is the crown jewel of the mountain community in Evergreen, Colorado located approximately 40 minutes west of Denver. 

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Evergreen Lake House for our next wedding. The venue is beautiful and will be a perfect location for our 7th annual wedding.

 


Favorite Quote from the Flower Girl

We have to share this quote from The Wedding Pink 2016 flower girl.

She asked if “we can do it again?”  She plays wedding everyday.  The following is her description of the wedding…”we walk down the aisle, we listen to the man talk and then we eat cake and dance.”  

So cute!

Lauren and the flower girl. Photo by Sweet Tea Studios.

 

 

Now Accepting Submissions for The Wedding Pink 2017

We are in the process of putting the details together for next year's Wedding Pink. 

We are seeking people who are engaged or soon-to-be engaged and have been recently touched by breast cancer. Applicants can live in anywhere in the United States; however, the wedding will take place in Colorado. While most of the wedding is donated the couple is responsible for travel to Colorado at least a couple times if they don't live here.

More submission guidelines can be found here.

If you are interested in applying, please send us a note through our contact form and we will send you the submission form.

 

Lauren's Experience of being The Wedding Pink Bride

Lauren, The Wedding Pink 2016 bride

As I reminisce about our wedding, I have to remind myself that it was not a dream. Our flawless wedding was more than anything I could have ever imagined. It was perfect.

My Maid of Honor emailed me the link for The Wedding Pink. I submitted our story remembering that there were plenty of other deserving women. I was in disbelief when we found out that we were selected for the 2016 wedding. We were convinced that it was meant to be when we learned of our amazing wedding venue in Crested Butte.

My friends assumed that winning a wedding translated into a cookie-cutter wedding. Our amazing team of vendors allowed us to select all details and incorporate our personalities. It was an incredible experience to meet and connect with the vendors who donated their time and talent. It was humbling to hear the stories of how each vendor had been touched by cancer. All of the vendors went above all of our expectations. When we returned from our first planning trip in Crested Butte, we were in disbelief that our Pinterest board was going to be a reality at our wedding.

Matt and I had discussed a destination wedding. Our wedding in Crested Butte was more than anything I could have imagined. Crested Butte will always have a special place in our heart and we cannot wait to return. We thank The Wedding Pink for introducing us to a city that we would have never visited.

Thank you Cheryl, The Wedding Pink and our incredible vendors for our perfect day. Cheryl, there are no words to explain our gratitude. We will cherish the memories of our special day forever.