Erin's Wedding Pink Journey

The following was written by Erin, the bride of The Wedding Pink 2013. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Erin over the last 10 months and she is a true inspiration to all of us!


When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27 I made a vow to myself: I was not going to let cancer take anything away from me, I was going to take everything I could from it.

At that time, all I could think about was how I would deal with the impending treatments.  What would chemo be like? What would I look with a bald head? How would it feel to have surgery? Would I ever feel normal again? Could I ever be happy and carefree again? Would Ben decide that I was too much trouble and walk away? All of a sudden, my life turned upside-down and I was faced with questions and dilemmas that I never planned for.   For the next 6 months my whole world revolved around breast cancer treatment and once it was completed, I’m happy to report that I emerged, revitalized.  I had braved something harrowing.  I had survived.  Armed with my renewed sense of purpose, I set out to fulfill my vow: take everything I could from cancer.  This would not be a wasted opportunity.

Even given my mission, I could never have dreamed what the next 2 years would hold.  From the incredible friendships I would form to the amazing opportunities and organizations that I connected with, I truly felt like I was reaping the benefits of the time I put in during those initial 6 months.  And when I came across a forwarded email from a friend advertising The Wedding Pink, I looked at it with great interest.  Ben and I had been talking about getting married “one day” for a while, but after everything that we had been through, it didn’t seem as important as it once did.  We’d been together for 7 years and had weathered some pretty significant life events, so a wedding wasn’t something we needed to spend money on, especially when there were medical bills to pay off.  Needless to say, when I heard about The Wedding Pink, it all just seemed to make sense. 

Everything about the proposed wedding looked perfect.  It was in Colorado: we’d never been there, but love traveling to new places.  It was at The Wine Country Inn: we love wine!  It included a wedding planner: I was sold.  So (after I cleared it with Ben), I applied, and as I’m sure you can guess by now, we were selected! 

As I look back on the last 11 months, it all seems like a blur.  I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that we are actually married and that we had the most incredible wedding I could have imagined.  We went from shock of being selected, to joy of getting engaged (yes, we did things a little backwards), to excitement of planning a dream wedding to the bliss of getting married in just 9 months.  And have now spent the last two settling back into normal life. 

We were truly blessed to be connected to all of the wonderful and amazing people that worked to make our wedding happen.  Not only did they donate their time,  talents and services, but each and every one of them went above and beyond in every way possible.  Instead of feeling like we were getting a “free” wedding, we were treated like royalty.  Our experience with everyone connected to The Wedding Pink 2013 was truly remarkable.  We thank each and everyone one of our vendors that made our day so special and gave our guests (and us) so much joy.  We will never forget their generosity and are truly grateful for everything we’ve been given. 

And to Cheryl Ungar, there are no words that can adequately express our gratitude for everything you did to give us our dream wedding.  The words, “thank you” don’t seem to be enough, but Ben and I will be saying “thank you” for years to come.


breast-cancer-wedding-pinkErin, bride of The Wedding Pink 2013


From Melissa!

My name is Melissa and my husband, Jeff, and I were the recipients of the first annual Wedding Pink presented by Cheryl Ungar Gives.   Cheryl asked me to be a guest writer for her blog to give readers the perspective from the point of view of the winners.

There really are not enough words to express how grateful Jeff and I are for receiving this gift.  I remember when I received Cheryl’s phone call telling me we had won.  I was at work, trying not to scream, while I got high-fives from my boss.  I couldn’t get anyone on the phone to tell them the good news so I had to contain my excitement until people finally started returning my phone calls. 

The Wedding Pink is a wedding giveaway, but it has proven to be so much more than that.  As Jeff and I started meeting Cheryl and the other vendors, we quickly realized that the people involved were our angels.  Absolutely everyone we met was so caring and willing to help, out of the goodness of their hearts.  I believe Jeff and I have made lifelong friends from this event.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30 I can honestly say I was in the prime of my life.  Young, healthy, active; I never thought news like a cancer diagnosis will come so soon.  My day planner quickly became filled with daily visits to the doctors.  Cancer is a like a part-time job, although it certainly doesn’t pay.  After grueling surgeries and chemotherapy Jeff proposed to me.  I was thrilled knowing my dreams were coming true; however, the thought of planning a wedding on my own felt overwhelming.  Winning The Wedding Pink not only helped my family and me financially with an amazing wedding, it also gave me the help I needed to plan the wedding of my dreams.  Cancer takes a toll on the patient but it is also a huge burden for the friends and family members involved.  The Wedding Pink was really a gift to everyone who knows me. 

TC of Muse Events, our wedding planner, worked tirelessly to make sure our wedding was everything we hoped for.  She gave us total creative freedom while also taking much of the burden off our shoulders.  There are too many amazing people to list here, but we are thankful to each and every person who participated.  We can all take a lesson on compassion from all involved with The Wedding Pink. 

Cheryl has been instrumental in making this amazing event happen and we are forever grateful for her.  She is not only an amazing photographer, but she has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met.  Being that she is a twenty year breast cancer survivor, she gives me hope to know that I have a long and happy future ahead of me.

I also hope that The Wedding Pink acts as a way to spread the word about breast cancer.  Yes, we are all bombarded with seas of pink everywhere we go during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  But for survivors like us, we think about cancer every single day of our lives.  Cancer  does not discriminate.  I am your sister, daughter, granddaughter, cousin, friend, and your wife.  Too many people are affected but love truly heals and a good deed can make a huge impact.

Thank you,

Melissa Childs


Melissa and Jeff late August 2010 after they were selected as the recipients of The Wedding Pink and then walking down the aisle as husband and wife, eight months later.