27 Miracles has coordinated many different types of weddings, but this wedding on 9/24/11 was a first to perform with the testimony that we heard on the day of the wedding. Stella wanted to have her wedding originally at a local hall with chicken wings and cake. Her hairdresser( which is my hair dresser) told her that she needed to hire a wedding planner to help her plan this special day and forget the chicken wings. So here I am getting a pedicure with my hair in curlers, I get introduced to Stella( hmmm great first impression….NOT!!) …Stella called me that same night and scheduled an appointment and to work we went!
We planned a wedding at the Villas of Grand Cypress with the very talented and creative events manager Allison Yates. The date was set! I am a Wish Upon a Wedding Volunteer http://wishuponawedding.org/ and when Wish Upon a Wedding was offering an auction of wedding services to help people who were terminally ill and not able to have their wedding due to finances, Stella being a nurse was all about helping. A few days before the bidding started, she received some bad news about two carotid artery tumors that had to be removed as an emergency( and this was just a well check at her doctor). This started a battery of emergency testing that was required and a biopsy.
Stella and Tom called me the day of the auction following the biopsy that she was too weak to sit at the computer and bid on her items. She told me what to bid on and their bids were made. Stella and Tom were able to obtain their video, photo and reception chairs through Wish Upon a Wedding while helping someone else out.
On the day of the surgery Stella had a stroke on the table and was placed on life support for several days. They did not guarantee her making it. The prayers of course started and by the grace of God, she recuperated. The first place that she went to after her surgery was the 27 Miracles Christmas Extravaganza to pay tribute to the Brides Against Breast Cancer and the US Marines Toys for Tots Charity event that we were doing. Wow! And wouldn’t you know it out of the hundreds that went there, she enters a raffle and wins an engagement session with the very same photographer that she was using from the auction through Wish Upon A Wedding! See photographer Sivan’s blog on that http://sivanphotography.blogspot.com/2011/09/stella-tom-married.html
But on September 24, 2011 at the beautiful Villas of Grand Cypress, with the sun shining( I say this happily as the entire week it rained from 2pm on) Stella and Tom, a retired USA Sargeant, were married. They were married to the beautiful music of Catherine Way of Harpstrings, the Honor Guard coming in To Proud to be an American and a saber ceremony, along with the Cinderella Carriage from High Horse Carriage. Just as Stella and Tom exchanged their vows and Rev. Moore said the blessing, a sprinkle of rain started( uh oh…the thought of moving a ceremony indoors now?? Quick prayer, please let us get through the night without any rain so they can also have a grand exit! Prayers Answered!!) Split second sprinkle was done! And the bride got through her Spanish vows that she learned just for the groom at the ceremony.
The reception started with the a beautiful single rose presentation single file by the 27 Miracles team and the bridal party, ending with the groom giving her a dozen roses to You Are The First, My Last, My Everything, by Barry White http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcd3XuQwDQQ into their first dance , Amazed By Lonestar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLappXxgVHs
The bride gave her testimony of gratitude as all the doctors and nurses that helped her during her surgery were present. There were many tears of joy at this event. The groom serenaded his bride to Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwprrAEL9-E wow! As he sang this to his bride, we can see more tears of joy from the guests. There was so much romance at this wedding going on, there was even a surprise wedding proposal! And the girl said yes!!
The night ended with a beautiful sparkler send off in their golf cart!!!!
27 Miracles wants to thank all the vendors that made this night extra special. Indio of Indio Entertainment, Catherine Way of Harpstrings, Bruce of Treasured Moments Videography, Sivan Photography, Party Flavors Cakes, Casa Di Bella Bridal Boutique, of course the beautiful shoes from Angela Nuran to compliment her dress, Ana Dasilva of Anabella Salon, High Horse Carriage, Allison and her staff at the Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando Party Rentals, A Chair Affair, The West Orange Honor Guard and Col Lt Sanger, Andres Roque of Miami Pro DJ and Lighting, The Floral and Decor team from 27 Miracles Wedding Consulting, for the amazing centerpieces and bouquets, Rev. Marcus Moore and all the assistants from 27 Miracles who made this day extra special for Stella and Tom.
See some of the sneak peaks of the wedding here and stay tuned for Sivan’s professional pictures in the next few weeks…