Wish Upon a Wedding, Jo-Ann + John
Wedding Venue: Rancho Las Lomas, Orange County Photographer: Brian Leahy Photography Friar Tux Shop Selection: Allure Slim Fit Steel Grey Suit with matching pants and vest
Jo-ann and John met 19 years ago through fate. She was 21 years old and he was 19. They had many chance encounters where they would cross each others paths by going to the same house gatherings/parties. They finally met each other after she started briefly dating his best friend. After a short relationship with her husband-to-bes ex-best friend, they ran into each other at a nightclub and danced the night away. They exchanged phone numbers and were good friends for some time, sharing their daily life experiences with each other. After dancing one night, he leaned over to kiss her and they have not been apart since.
Jo-ann was recently diagnosed with stage IV bilateral breast cancer which has metastasized to her lungs and possibly liver (after being misdiagnosed last year in April 2012). She is currently undergoing Neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
Jo-ann foresees the future being challenging with her recent diagnosis not only for her best friend (her husband), but also for their two daughters (Ava 8 & Layla 12). John and Jo-ann never had a wedding since they chose to be married at the courthouse and purchased their first home instead of spending money on a wedding. In Jo-anns words, It would be such a miracle if we could experience such a positive occasion during this very difficult time.
Wish Upon A Wedding brought together an amazing team of vendors to make this special day happen.
(Text by Brian Leahy)
To read more about the awesome charity Wish Upon a Wedding, please visit their website. Friar Tux Shop is proud to have been part of this event and this amazing couple's celebration.
Planning + Design: Platinum Weddings by Kerrie | Catering: 24 Carrots | Cake: Cake Monkey | Paper Goods: East Six | Videographer: The Yodsukars | Florist: Flowers by Cina | Linens: Designer Specialty Linens | DJ: Vox Djs | Officiant: A Very Special Marriage | Hair and Makeup: Design Visage | Lounge Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals | Photo booth: SoCal Shutterbooth | Favors: Les Beaux Chocolats | Flower Girl Dresses: Watters | Chiavari Chairs: Fusion Linens | Wedding Gown: Bonnie Bridal | Lighting: MiMedia | 2nd Photographer: Jodee Debes