I had the pleasure of joining Sabrina and Rex for their tasting at Relish Catering today. It was simply amazing. The dinner and appetizer menu is all set and it’s hard to believe the wedding is in less than 5 months. We are all excited to share in their special day!
We are happy to say that Sabrina has said yes to the dress. What a wonderful time we had at The Bridal Collection. Sabrina will, without a doubt, be a beautiful bride. Here are a few photos from the dress shopping appointment.
I was fortunate enough to join Sabrina and Rex along with Ann Marlin from Cloud 9 Weddings for a few of the vendor meetings. We are always appreciative of our vendors who go above and beyond to make The Wedding Pink a special day.
We met with Janelle from A Design Resource (florals), Chris the DJ from Elite Entertainment and Lisa from A Cake Come True. Who doesn’t like cake tasting on a Thursday afternoon? It was amazingly delicious!
Next up is the wedding dress! It’s another one of our favorite days to share with the bride and her family. Stay tuned for photos.
As you know by now we recently announced our recipients of The Wedding Pink 2019. This year’s couple, Sabrina and Rex have a unique story. They are both equally deserving of this wedding; Sabrina is a young, breast cancer survivor and Rex is a retired, decorated, Purple Heart recipient Marine. They are both a joy to be around and we are now blessed that they are part of our Pink Family.
Rex proposed to Sabrina almost 2 years ago. We would love to share the proposal video.
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!
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!
It's hard to believe that a month has passed since our beautiful wedding day. In looking back over the last year, we're so grateful to have been chosen for this experience. It was an enormous blessing in our lives and a time that we will cherish for years to come.
When we applied in November 2017, we didn't actually believe that we could be the chosen couple. It's like buying a lottery ticket-- it's fun to dream about winning, but you don't think that you'll actually win the jackpot. The shock and awe that we felt upon finding out that we had been chosen stayed with us throughout the planning process. It's hard to feel worthy of such a spectacular gift, but we are so thankful that The Wedding Pink chose us.
From our first visit to Denver in March of 2018, we knew that this would be a wonderful experience. During our first meetings, our wedding planner, Ann Marlin, was a pleasure to work with and made made everything so easy for us. During that trip, we saw our amazing venue-to-be at The Sanctuary golf course in Sedalia, met with our florist Janelle, selected a wedding dress at The Bridal Collection, and worked with our wonderful photographer, Katie Van Buren. Liz even had a chance to do a makeup trial with Cynthia of Magnifica Bella and felt so beautiful on the day of the engagement photos. It was such fun to meet Cheryl, Melissa, and other members of The Wedding Pink family. We felt very welcomed into this wonderful community.
On our second planning trip in July 2018, we worked on further details for the big day, including meeting with Rev. Kim Tavendale, who worked closely with us to ensure that our ceremony would be perfect. We also loved meeting Chris, our DJ from Elite Entertainment, and Turi Gustafson, who helped to customize the music for our ceremony and reception. We also got to meet with our awesome caterers from Relish Catering, and Lee's favorite part of the whole experience was tasting the delicious cakes with Lisa from A Cake Come True. We topped off the visit with a meet-and-greet with our vendors at Kendra Scott Jewelry, where we loved visiting with everyone and celebrating over wine and cheese.
When it was time for the wedding day, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. It was a beautiful Colorado fall day with clear skies and a chill in the air. While everyone says that your wedding day is never perfect, it truly was perfect in our eyes. From the lovely ceremony to a delicious dinner and a raging dance party, we had a blast with all of our family and friends in attendance. Throughout the day, we felt excited, grateful, and so happy to be there. All of our vendors, Ann, and The Wedding Pink team worked tirelessly to make it a beautiful, stress-free experience for us, and we are forever grateful to everyone involved. Many thanks to The Wedding Pink for making this possible for us and for future couples in the years to come.
Liz and Lee
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!
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.
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.
We are happy to report that the 6th annual Wedding Pink was a huge success. Everything was perfect; wonderful couple, great families and friends, stunning view and beautiful weather.
Thank you again to all of the vendors who donated their time and talent to this year's Wedding Pink.
Here is a sneak peek at Lauren and Matt's special day.
All photos by the super-talented Sweet Tea Studios.
Holy cow, how time flies. Lauren and Matt are tying the knot 10 days from now in the charming Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte.
Everything is all lined up and ready to go. The long range forecast for Crested Butte is partly cloudy and a high of 66. Sounds perfect for a mountain top wedding!
We look forward to sharing photos and videos of this beautiful couple on their special day. Please stay tuned!
We know it has been a little quiet over here as we have been super busy working behind the scenes pulling together The Wedding Pink 2016.
We are thrilled to announce that our 6th annual wedding will take place in beautiful Crested Butte, Colorado this June. We have selected a very deserving couple, Lauren and Matt, who will tie the knot on the mountain at the Ten Peaks Event Site.
The amazing wedding planners of Crested Butte Events will be helping Lauren and Matt plan their dream wedding. We are grateful for all of Crested Butte's top wedding vendors who are donating their products and services to this memorable day.
We are all super excited to see this special wedding come together. Stay tuned to our blog for the latest updates.
Our beautiful bride Melissa went dress shopping at a&bé bridal shop yesterday. We think she has picked out the perfect dress for her wedding at the Brown Palace and can't wait to see her walk down the aisle. A huge thank you to a&bé bridal shop for donating and helping Melissa find the perfect dress.
Please join us at the 2nd annual Veil and Vow Luxury Wedding Showcase at the Brown Palace on Sunday, March 22. Denver's top wedding vendors will be showcasing the latest wedding trends. Plus the proceeds from the ticket sales benefit The Wedding Pink.
You may purchase tickets here.
A few photos from last year's event:
Thank you to those who have submitted their stories to be considered for The Wedding Pink 2015. If you are still going to submit, please don't forget that our submission period closes at midnight this Sunday, August 10.
Feel free to drop us an email through our contact form if you have any questions.
A reminder that submissions are open August 1-10 for the 5th annual Wedding Pink to be held next May at the historic Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver.
This is an opportunity for one deserving couple whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer to be awarded a dream wedding, nearly cost free and valued at over $40,000. We encourage anyone who meets our submission criteria to submit their story.
Everything for the wedding is donated, including the wedding planner, a catered reception, cake, flowers, photographers, DJ, wedding dress and much more. A complete list of contributing vendors, submission guidelines and the submission form can be found here.
It’s early July and I am still floating on air from our wedding that took place on May 15 of this year. As I sit here, I reflect on memories of the day and events surrounding it with an ear-to-ear grin. In one word, it was “perfection”.
To think that a year ago I had no idea what The Wedding Pink was or who any of the beautiful people that swept so gallantly into my life to give it to me were. I was engaged to a wonderful man, and I had short hair and a new outlook on life thanks to my cancer battle that had taken place the year before. My fiancé Mike, who is from New Zealand, and I did not have the slightest clue as to how to pull off our dream wedding in the wake of my illness and the tumult that accompanies it. We were shelling out almost $800 a month for my health insurance and just trying to get our feet on the ground after a big move from NYC to the Midwest.
We knew that above all, we wanted to bring our families together. Between the both of us, we have family members on three continents, spanning multiple countries. How many opportunities, we asked ourselves, would there be to bring everyone together like this over our lifetimes? Not many. But when it came down to it, we could not piece together a proper celebration with the budget we had and the energy we lacked. It became a source of stress and difficulty for us. We were so excited to get married, but completely lacked the resources to accomplish the task.
Enter: The Wedding Pink. I was at camp with First Descents (another brilliant cancer organization that does adventure trips for young adult survivors) when one of my camp-mates asked me about my engagement and if I had plans for a wedding yet. “Don’t ask!” I said jokingly, explaining the situation. She asked me if I had ever heard of The Wedding Pink and told me a fellow breast cancer survivor friend of hers had won it last year. We jumped on the computer to check the submission date for the next wedding and it happened to be the week after we returned from camp.
From that moment on, everything felt serendipitous. I submitted our story, with its twists and turns and genuine hope that we would be called for an interview. And we were. When we were told that we had won the wedding, I distinctly recall Mike and I hanging up the phone, looking at each other with the widest eyes, falling and laughing on the couch for about 20 minutes straight. “WHAT!! THIS IS AMAZING!!” we could not stop saying. It was.
Meeting Cheryl Ungar, the survivor that founded The Wedding Pink, was like meeting an old friend. Cheryl’s heart and soul soar with her work on this wedding giveaway and she does it out of the absolute kindness of her own heart. There is no reward for her except in bringing joy to others and it is a very special person that can offer that to others so selflessly.
Her entire team of vendors is of that same ilk. People often assumed when I told them I won a wedding that I had to just fall in line with whatever was decided for me. This could not be farther from the truth. When I met with Ann Marlin of Cloud 9 Weddings and her fabulous team, we were immediately assured that everyone participating in this wanted to give us OUR dream wedding – not a cookie-cutter version of things they decided for us. They asked us our style, got a sense of our personalities, figured out what our likes and dislikes were and did nothing without asking us twice before making decisions.
The day was, as I said, perfect. We were married at Crooked Willow Farms, an absolutely stunning location south of Denver. I described it to people as a country chic, which was just excellent for Mike and myself: a little bit rustic, but absolutely upscale and gorgeous.
When I walked down the aisle to see my future husband standing there and looked around the room at all of the people that had made the journey to Colorado from literally all over the world, my heart swelled. This was not just about our union, but it was so much more. It was a celebration of life, of love, of family and friends. It was an excuse to have a full day of utter bliss and happiness with no worries. For a cancer survivor, that is the greatest gift.
The Wedding Pink is the most remarkable cancer organization I have known, in the sense that it offers something truly unique – it has been said to be a silver lining after a dark cloud and that could not be truer. Winning the wedding in my post-cancer haze could not have offered a better point of focus for me, a point of happy distraction and an opportunity to look FORWARD to something wonderful, rather than dwelling consistently on what had passed.
We will always look back on the day with fondness and full hearts. There has been no greater gift to us, besides our health and happiness, that has come our way. The Wedding Pink and the team of vendors behind it are truly, truly special.