breast cancer

Announcing the recipients of The Wedding Pink 2019, Sabrina & Rex

We are very excited to introduce you to our 2019 Wedding Pink couple, Sabrina and Rex! We were extremely moved by their story and immediately fell in love with them both. Because they are such incredible people, we decided to forgo the submission period and surprised them with the wedding as an early Valentine’s Day gift. Sabrina is a breast cancer survivor and Rex is decorated retired Marine. They have supported each other through so many of life's challenges and have been able to come out on the other side as loving best friends.  They also actively give back to our community in too many ways to count. We are excited to bring Sabrina and Rex into The Wedding Pink family and cannot wait for their wedding October 17 at Spruce Mountain Ranch. It’s going to be beautiful!

Sabrina and Rex, upon learning that they were chosen for The Wedding Pink 2019.

Sabrina and Rex, upon learning that they were chosen for The Wedding Pink 2019.

More about The Wedding Pink couple can be found here. We hope you will follow along with Sabrina and Rex’s wedding planning journey. Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page for updates!

Pink Time Out

This is an amazing opportunity from my colleague Jean at No Boobs About It for someone who has recently completed active treatment for breast cancer. Please see the details below.


Christmas in New York City will be a 3-day NYC getaway for a woman who has
recently completed active treatment for breast cancer and a companion. The
getaway will include a stay at a luxury hotel in mid-Manhattan, tickets to
Radio City Holiday Show, breakfasts, and dinners at elegant restaurants.

This "Pink Time Out" getaway is being sponsored by my former students at
the Allen School for Health Sciences, Brooklyn, NY. Please read all about
it at

The Christmas in NYC recipient will be chosen through a lottery drawing.
The lottery will be open for enrollment October 1st and close October
31st. The lottery drawing will be on November 1. Any woman who has
completed, or will complete active treatment between October 1, 2012 and
October 31, 2013 may enroll in the lottery. For more information, visit

Why a "Pink Time Out"? It’s about getting away from all things breast
cancer, putting closure on months of active treatment, and easing the
transition to life in survivorship!



How I Dodged A Bullet

I don't often share my personal life on this blog but in light of recent events I feel compelled to update my story. My hope in doing so is that other women may learn from my experiences.

As you all know I had breast cancer at a young age, 22 years ago. I have always felt that I was lucky, knowing that I would survive a single mastectomy and chemo while there are so many people suffering through a whole lot more.

Given what I went through I have been diligent through the years of making sure doctor appointments and mammograms were never missed, often scheduling them exactly a year apart. This past April I went in for a routine mammogram and much to my surprise there were a few calcifications which apparently are fairly normal as we age. As I suspected the radiologist called me back in for an expanded view. I was quite relieved when he, Dr. S., said all is fine, let's keep an eye on it and come back in 6 months.

However, there was something still nagging at me. It just didn't seem right that I was seeing these changes on my mammogram after 22 years of consistently clean readings. I distinctly remember sitting in the darkened room with the radiologist and saying, "I am not going to be one of those women who come back in 6 months and then have a real problem." Dr. S. was still confident that all was fine and said that if it bothered me, we could have the calcifications removed.

A few weeks later I was back for a simple biopsy, no big deal. It wasn't until the next day when Dr. S. called with the news. He said, "It's a good thing we did the biopsy. The pathology indicates some atypical cells near the calcifications." Then, what scared me the most, is when he said, "we need to go back in and make sure this isn't the tip of the iceberg."  I thought to myself, holy cow, what did he mean by that?

Well a week later and after the MRI, which thankfully didn't reveal anything else, my husband and I were sitting in my oncologist's office making plans for a mastectomy and reconstruction. We left the oncologist's office nearly ecstatic that we have had the best possible outcome of a potentially horrible situation.

Fortunately I had an incredible team of doctors and the surgery went well. During my post-op appointment with my surgeon she gave me a copy of my pathology report. You can only imagine the shock I felt when I found out that I had ductal carcinoma in situ, which is stage 0 breast cancer. Fortunately it was early and non-invasive, but if left untreated, it more than likely would have eventually spread beyond that. The rest of the good news is that the prescribed treatment for me would have been a mastectomy which is what I just had. No further treatment is needed, thank goodness!

I still wonder what would have happened if I listened to Dr. S. that all was well and took his nonchalant wait and see attitude. In hind site I made all of the right decisions. So, my advice to anyone who feels uncomfortable or unsure of what the doctors are telling you, please get a second opinion or insist on further testing. It is true, we all need to be our own health advocates.







Sneak Peek, Erin + Ben's Engagement Photos

We had a wonderful time this past weekend with Erin and Ben in Palisade, Colorado. Here is a sneak peek at their official engagement photos. A huge thank you to Steve at Fifth Gear Portrait Designs for helping with the photo shoot.








Photos by Fifth Gear Portrait Designs and Cheryl Ungar Weddings.


Submissions Open Up Tomorrow August 1!

Please don't forget that our submission period opens up tomorrow for next year's Wedding Pink. It will only be open for 18 days so we recommend submitting your story sooner than later. You may find all of the details as well as the submission form here.

Anyone who is engaged or soon-to-be engaged and whose lives have recently been touched by breast cancer qualify to submit their story. One deserving couple will be awarded a dream wedding valued at over $30,000.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Special Video Message from Robin Roberts of Good Morning America

In the spirit of passing it on from one survivor to another, Robin Roberts was kind enough to send a video message to Roxanne and Joseph. You can imagine the surprise, delight and gratitude they felt when this video was played during the reception.

Please take a moment to view the video and share in what they experienced.

Video courtesy of KMGH-TV, Denver 

Tune into Channel 7 this Saturday morning at 8:10

With all of the excitement of next week's Wedding Pink I almost forgot to mention that Melissa, our beautiful bride from last year, and I will be on the Channel 7 morning show in Denver.

It is a great opportunity to see how Melissa is doing one year later, catch up on the status of this year's wedding and see how you can submit your story for next year's wedding.

Stay tuned though, more exciting announcements coming soon!



A Glimpse into Roxanne and Joseph's Wedding Decor

 I happened to see a pdf of the beautiful designs that have been put together for Roxanne and Joseph's wedding at SaddleRidge in Beaver Creek. We are blessed that Pink Monkey Solutions is once again donating their incredible talents. Here is a peek at a few of the things in store for the decor:



Pink Monkey Solutions is a full-service event design and production boutique specializing in creating breathtaking events that guests and/or clients will rave about for years to come. “The Monkey” prides itself on its dedication to imagination and creativity while maintaining the utmost attention to detail. They specialize in décor, lighting, custom fabric work/draping, and sound.

As a full service special event production and design boutique, Pink Monkey Solutions employs every medium possible to build beautiful events. Luxurious decor, floral, decorative glassware, custom pillows, lounge furniture, uplighting, LED’s, custom chandeliers, decorative glassware, pipe and drape, fabric treatments, and acrylic furniture are just some of the items that Pink Monkey uses to create breathtaking events.

Thank you to Michael and Nate and the Pink Monkey team for helping make Roxanne and Joseph's wedding dreams come true!




You all must think it is very quiet over here since I haven't posted anything for a couple weeks. Actually we have been busy little bees working on all sorts of great things. I am happy to share "some" of it.

Jenny Nelson of J. Nelson Photography and I are gearing up for Roxanne and Joseph's engagement shoot this weekend. Stay tuned for a gallery of photos in the next couple weeks.

Next Thursday, Natosha Cooke of Natosha Cooke Makeup Artistry and I are excited for our first day of complimentary portrait sessions with women who are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. We are looking forward to meeting everyone and hearing about their journeys. If you know of anyone who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer or has completed treatment within the last year and would like a complimentary portrait sitting, we still have a couple openings for March 22. They may call or email to schedule an appointment.

We are close to securing our venue for the The Wedding Pink - 2013 and hope to officially announce the date and location in the near future.

We have a huge surprise for this year's wedding. Unfortunately we can't reveal it until the wedding day, May 17!

Please check back to our blog or follow us on facebook for the latest updates.




Complimentary Portraits for Breast Cancer Patients

I am happy to announce that we have filled our first scheduled day of complimentary portraits. We have just opened up Thursday, March 22 and currently have three time slots available. If you are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer or have recently finished treatment (within the last 12 months), you qualify for our newly launched Pink Portrait program.

In case you missed it, we are also teaming up with Natosha Cooke of Natosha Cooke MakeUp Artistry who has graciously offered to donate her services at no charge.

Please visit our website or contact us for more information.



Portrait Commissions

We have just launched an exciting new program and are now offering a limited number of portrait commissions. Please click here to find out about all of the details. This is a great opportunity to have your precious loved ones photographed while contributing to The Wedding Pink, making wedding dreams come true for couples whose lives have recently been touched by breast cancer.

The other component of this program, which I am thrilled about, is that we are offering the portraits complimentary to individuals currently undergoing breast cancer treatment.

Please contact us for more information or to schedule a portrait session. We look forward to hearing from you!


The Amazing Staff at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Park-Hyatt-Beaver-CreekThe Park Hyatt Beaver Creek staff. L. to R. Lisa, Christie and Peach

I would like to take a minute to recognize the staff at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, particularly Lisa. Most of you probably are not aware of their generous donations to The Wedding Pink. For the 2012 wedding, not only are they donating a suite for Roxanne and Joseph for 3 nights, but they have graciously offered to host a welcome cocktail reception for family and friends the night before the wedding.

If you are not familiar with the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, here is a brief overview of the hotel:

Escape to the extraordinary Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa and experience a magnificent chateau-style Vail resort that incorporates the grandeur of its idyllic Colorado Rocky Mountain setting. Whether you’re embarking upon self renewal with an innovative water-based treatment at our Allegria Spa, taking in the surrounding splendor from the balcony of your suite-style accommodations or delving into culinary delights at our welcoming restaurants. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek sets the standard for year-round luxury Vail Colorado resort hotel destinations.

From winter ski in-ski out access, to the thrill of white-water rafting, fly-fishing, golfing, hiking and more, you’ll delight in the myriad luxuries this perennial resort in Vail Colorado offers.



During the vendor party at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Roxanne and Joseph had an opportunity to look at some of the rooms and suites. Check out the amazing view from this room!

I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of the vendors who are making The Wedding Pink - 2012 a dream come true for Roxanne and Joseph.