Attracting and Working With the Luxury Bride

Have you ever wondered what it takes to work with a luxury bride?  What is considered a luxury bride? In this market managing a luxury bride means managing large budgets and planning events for clients that have high expectations.  It is not enough to have a degree in wedding planning services to call yourself a luxury wedding planner.  The luxury wedding planner must have experience, etiquette and knowledge of what a luxury wedding entails along with exceptional service.

Luxury brides most of the time come referred to a luxury wedding planner through word of mouth.  One rarely sees a luxury bride at a bridal show or being contacted through any of the online forums.   To work with a luxury bride, you will need to learn where  these brides eat, shop, get their hair done and work out.  It is a circle that you would have to be willing to frequent.  Most wedding planners starting out do not have the finances to invest in to their business right away so they start small which is okay as they develop their company.

If you are going to cater to the luxury bride, your prices will need to reflect that to the client, but with that will come a certain expectation of expert quality care.  Ask yourself, does your website reflect luxury? Are the pictures that you are showcasing considered luxurious? You won’t appeal to the luxury bride if your pictures and videos that are being showcased reflect a DIY or budget conscious bride.   For the right wedding planner the DIY or budget conscious bride is perfect,  but for the luxury bride,  from the moment they look at your website to the moment that they meet you, needs to say luxury.

A luxury wedding planner does not take on as many clients in a year due to the time that is invested in each client.  The luxury bride is usually a very busy high-profile bride that will not have a lot of time on their hands;  their expectation will be flexibility and trust in you as the luxury planner to plan their wedding seamlessly.

As a luxury wedding planner, you must always look and sound your best.  From the location that the client meetings take place , to the purse and  attire that is worn.  When meeting the client it is not an option to be in slacks and a sweater or a shirt.  The luxury planner should in a nice suit, dress, or pant suit.  It does not matter if the bride and groom come in jeans and a polo, they are looking at you and how you fit in their inner circle. Think about your hair, is it professional looking in style, is your make up, professional, are your nails done? You might say all of that is vain and yes it can be if not looked at in stride, however,  in order to capture that circle of clients, a certain level of expectation is going to be required.

Now  dress code and professional attire should always be a must regardless of what client any wedding planner is meeting because you only have 60 seconds to make a first impression when you walk into a room to meet a client.  Let the attire speak first, then what comes out of your mouth in the next few minutes is part 2 of selling yourself to the client and finding out if you are a good fit for them and if they are a good fit for you.

These are great tips to think about as you mold your business to the type of clients that you want to work with.

Heather Snively, Master Bridal Consultant spoke at our Association of Bridal Consultants luncheon recently.  We wanted her to bring us a few points on working with the luxury bride.  When coordinating the venue and the wedding professionals for the meeting,  it was important to think of the topic and who we needed to obtain to showcase a high-end event.  One of the points that Heather brought up in the meeting, was about meeting the catering manager of the high end venue for the first time.  When the planner comes to the luxury venue to meet the catering manager, it is important to have an established relationship prior to the meeting, even if it is on the phone.   When walking in to the venue with the client, exude confidence in who you are as a planner and have the knowledge to know the client’s budget, even though a luxury client may have a high budget, there is always an amount in their mind of what they are willing to spend but will most of the time spend much more because they go with a want and must have vs a need.

Listen to Heather talk about the luxury budget.

Our Luxury Wedding Professionals at our Association of Bridal Consultant Meeting:

Venue: Citrus Club

DJ/MC/Lighting: White Rose Entertainment

Floral/Linen/Chivari Chairs/Chargers: RJ Glamour and Innovation

Photography: 123 Photography

Videography: Treasured Moments

Harpist: Christine MacPhail

Our Speaker: Heather Snively, Master Bridal Consultant

Listen to some of the points that Heather had for the wedding professionals:

Thank you on behalf of the Local Association of Bridal Consultants for attending the meeting on Working and Attracting the Luxury Bride.

Co Directors Association of Bridal Consultants:

Mark Kingsdorf, MBC

Diane Jenson, PBC

Rosie Moore, MBC

Blog Post by : Rosie Moore, Master Bridal Consultant

Spotlight On A Vendor …..Orlando Harpist Christine MacPhail

Today’s spotlight is on Christine MacPhail, Orlando Harpist.  Christine began playing the harp at age 6 and has been playing professionally in the Central Florida area for over 25 years. She enjoys playing a variety of music of all styles, from classical to contemporary, and always loves learning new songs and adapting them to the harp. Christine MacPhail When 27 Miracles interviewed Christine and asked why she wanted to get involved with The Gift of Life,her reply was ” I am honored to be helping Rosie to benefit A Story of Faith and Florida Hospital.  The story of her son Kaleb is inspirational and would touch anyone’s heart.  Rosie and the 27 Miracles Team are continually giving back to the community and I am privileged to be included at her charitable events.” ChristineMacPhailPic2 Christine and her harp bless many in the Central Florida area by playing at weddings, charity events and more…..Her music is very inspiring. When Baby Kaleb was born, Christine made a cd for him that to date he still listens to before bed.  The music was soothing to him during those long nights of hearing an oxygen concentrator all day and night.  He became so used to Christine’s music that when she played at Kaleb’s baby dedication, he immediately turned his head to Christine’s music. 061310 Kaleb's Baby Dedication at the First Baptist Church of Windermere

Listen to Christine play

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Orlando Harpist Christine MacPhail   www.orlandoharpist.com

Honoring A United States Soldier on His Wedding Day

When Rosie Moore, Master Bridal Consultant for 27 Miracles met Nayya in July of 2012, she got a chance to hear Nayya’s story of Love between her and Jose.  Jose is an active duty soldier in Afghanistan. She and Jose wanted to plan their wedding for September 2013 because that is when she thought that he would get leave from the service.  Rosie and Nayya started the planning of the wedding.  In early November 2012, Nayya got the word that Jose would be coming home soon, and they can push the wedding up to May 2013 on Memorial Day Weeekend.

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Nayya and Jose were ecstatic to be able to plan their wedding on a military resort….Shades of Green…

 

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What excitement Nayya had to hear that her true love, would be home soon.  He told her that it may not be until January or February, but he would be home.   Nayya continued her wedding planning with Rosie and leading her every day life.  On Christmas Eve there was a knock at the door, she opened the door and to her surprise there was Jose standing in the doorway with arms open wide and saying, “I am home!” What a Christmas blessing!  Of course he still had some monthly trainings to attend but he was home from Afghanistan, he had served his time.

On Saturday May 25, 2013 we celebrated with Nayya and Jose a special ceremony of Love at Shades of Green (a resort for military families). DeMarco Films captured their story through  pictures of the wedding.

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Look at the American Flag colors behind the wedding dress in the distance.

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And so starts the preparation of the ceremony site…..

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The decor of the ceremony site was  so romantic in red roses by RJ Glamour.  The bride’s bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets were made by a friend of the bride’s as a special gift to the bride.

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Getting Ready……


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A moment  with the bridesmaids…

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The Bride was stunning on this day, with a glow as she anxiously awaited this day to come….

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One of our favorite pictures of the bride, deep in thought

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Now Jose has not seen his bride to be since the day before.  So as he gets ready he thinks about his beautiful bride…and looking good for her…

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The groom is  having a great time as he awaits the moment that his beautiful bride will walk down the aisle to meet him. But he and his best man are enjoying some last-minute stories ….judging from their looks….pretty funny ones…

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The Groom with his mom as his son looks on with a proud face for dad!

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It’s time for the ceremony to begin…..Christine MacPhail, The Harpist, serenaded the guests on this hot breezy Saturday afternoon with tunes like, “Endless Love ” as the mother of the groom entered, ” I knew I Loved You” as the groom and his groomsmen entered and ” My Heart Will Go”  On as the bride walked down the aisle escorted by her son. The romance of the music with knowing this couple’s love story, made for an emotional ceremony.

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We even had Julia Roberts attend the ceremony( no Just kidding, but could be her twin!)

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Here comes Nayya, the bride escorted by her son……

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The groom and the best man taken with emotion as they see Nayya walking down the aisle…

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Marcus Moore performed the ceremony of Love flawlessly…..

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The tender look of love as she admires her groom…

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The Vows and the rings…

 

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The blessing of the hands…….

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Marcus Moore, pronounced them husband and wife…..

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What joy after being pronounced husband and wife, they could not believe it…..

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You may kiss your beautiful bride…..

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After the ceremony the couple spent some time in the gardens of Shades of Green taking pictures and greeting their guests.

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Bride and Groom alone time for pictures…

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But before the end of the day…some fun times…

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A beautiful end to a beautiful wedding….

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Nayya and Jose decided to celebrate a private dinner at Bongos with their closest family in downtown Disney.

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VIP Limo, came to pick up the bride and groom for their private family dinner at Bongos Cafe!

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The happy couple ready to celebrate!

 

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We wish Nayya and Jose a Happy One year Anniversary.  But Most of all we salute you Jose for serving our country ! 27 Miracles was honored to coordinate and plan your special wedding on Memorial Day Weekend.

 

Let us take a moment today and every day to honor our soldiers, those currently serving, those that have passed and those that are retired.

 

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The Military Wedding Vow Renewal of Antonia and Julio

Every Friday in the month of May 27 Miracles will be bringing you a different couple that had a military wedding and a story about them in honor of Red Friday.  Here is the link for those wondering what Red Friday is…

http://omvae.wayne.edu/pdfs/red_shirt_friday_handout.2375515.pdf

Antonia and Julio were married 5o years ago. Most recently on December 21,  2013, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, renewing their wedding vows at the beautiful Wyndham Orlando Resort.  Julio is retired from the Army.

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Photography by Michael Anthony Photography

Video by Treasured Moments Videography

Venue Wyndham Orlando Resort

Flowers and Decor by RJ Glamour and Innovation

DJ/MC/Lighting Roque Productions

Coordination By 27 Miracles Christine Pabelico

Cake Party Flavors

Limo Southern Elegance

Special Effects Standing Ovation

Ceremony Harpist Christine MacPhail

 

27  Miracles http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

Wedding Planner Magazine Interviews Rosie Moore, Master Bridal Consultant

Most recently Wedding Planner Magazine interviewed Master Bridal Consultant Rosie Moore.

MASTER BRIDAL CONSULTANT PROFILE

Master Bridal Consultant™ Rosie Moore, MBC™

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Mar 1, 2013

27 Miracles, www.27miraclesbyrosie.com, Windermere, Fla. 

Employees: Owned and operated by Rosie and Marcus Moore

Revenue Breakdown: 90% consulting and day-of coordination, 10% boutique sales on shoes, invitations, favors, honeymoons, etc.

Contact: 407.905.5454, info@27miraclesbyrosie.com. 
Blog—https://27miracles.wordpress.com,Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, and LinkedIn

Family: Married to Marcus Moore for six years. We were engaged on Dec. 27, 2005, the reason for our company name, 27 Miracles. I have a son Christopher, 21; daughter Kayla, 17; and our miracle baby, Kaleb, 3, born at 27 weeks and weighing 1 pound, 10 ounces. We also have two dogs Rusty, 14, and Daisy, 6.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Received Association of Bridal Consultants Master of Bridal Consultants™ designation in 2012.

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On the Business: 27 Miracles is a full-service wedding and event coordination business. We meet the client’s needs from wedding consultation to full event coordination. We also plan destination and ethnic weddings; have an online boutique for stationery, favors, shoes, etc.; and work in the community with different charitable organizations.

Getting Started: I have been planning weddings since age 18 when I planned my parents’ 20-year surprise wedding vow renewal. I also planned for friends and other planners for years until a florist friend suggested I open my own company.  Within two weeks, we opened 27 Miracles in 2008.

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Goals: This year, I want to get more Sandals honeymoons booked. When people wait to have that all-important honeymoon, life gets in the way, and it becomes more difficult to have that once-in-a-lifetime event. We also would like to see more sales on my book, A Story of Faith, as it generates income for Nathaniel’s Hope, a special-needs ministry. And, we hope for more sales on the Angela Nuran Shoes we stock, which generates donations for Brides Against Breast Cancer.

On the ABC: It gives you the education and purpose to ethically, morally, and professionally run a successful business.

Mentors: My mentor first and foremost is God.  Next is my husband who encourages me and gives me the time to do what I love to do. Then, it is Camelu Vargas, MBC™, who encouraged and supported me.  Elise Enloe, MBC™, stretches me to do better, reach for my goals, and never settle.  My best friend in the industry, Diane Jenson, kept me calm throughout the MBC™ process and is an excellent planner who is always there to help.

Inspiration: Simon Bailey and his Brillionaire club inspire me to rise above the negative. I also listen to Joel Osteen ministries. His positive outlook on life helps me see my life and the world in a whole new perspective, empowering me to succeed in business.

Marketing Strategy: Vendor referrals are our best source.

On Staying Fresh: 27 Miracles refreshes the company yearly by looking at what worked the year before, what we have learned, what we can do to improve ourselves, and by refreshing our marketing literature and our own presentation of ourselves.

Ideal Client: My ideal client is the destination bride, the Theme-Park-Corporate-Busy Bride, the ethnic bride and groom looking to bring their culture into the wedding.

Reading Now: Several—Simon Bailey’s Vuja De Moments, Joel Osteen’s It’s Your Time, and my daily devotion book from Sarah Young, Dear Jesus.

Hobbies: In my free time, I dance tap, jazz, salsa, and ballet.

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Words of Wisdom: I advise other planners to get educated and never stop. Don’t look at other planners as competition; rather, look at each as someone from whom you can learn. A cooperative relationship will help you in the long run as you will focus more of your energy on your clients.

On Giving Back: 27 Miracles is involved in Love Bears, where a group of senior citizens knits bears to donate through our company, 27 Miracles, to sick or hurting children. Last Christmas, we donated almost 80 bears to Florida Hospital in Orlando at the Walt Disney Pavilion for Children.  This is the same neonatal intensive care unit that my own son, Kaleb, lived in for five months after he was born.  We also work with: Brides Against Breast Cancer, Nathaniel’s Hope, and the March of Dimes.

http://weddingplannermag.com/2013/03/master-bridal-consultant-rosie-moore-mbc/

Vendor/Client Recognitions to Rosie Moore:

Vendor Accolades on Receiving MBC

Amanda at the Green Bride Blog: That’s fantastic! Happy to hear it!

Ana/Artistic Aisle Runners:  Congrats!  This article looks so nice and is very informative.

Ben/Kaleidoscope:  That’s great Rosie! So glad for you with. Hope things continue to get better.

Carmen/Mary Kay Consultant: Rosie, Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!
Estoy orgullosa de ti como mujer, anything is possible if you work hard enough for it.

Christine Mac Phail/Harpist: This is fabulous Rosie!!  Congrats !!

Kevin Knox/Officiant: Congrats!!  I didn’t know all this about you!!  You should be proud how God has been using you.

Michael Thomas/John Michael Catering: That is so awesome, you’re amazing! Congrats!

Victoria Schultz/Harpist: Congratulations. That is wonderful I always wondered about the story behind the name, and happy to read about it!

Nannuk Media and Invitations: Felicidades esperamos que Dios te siga bendiciendo y te prospere en grande. Sigas siendo como eres una profesional integra. Que tengamos muchos años trabajando juntas. TQM Jose y Marisol, Nannuk Media Group & Invitations by Nannuk

Barbarajean Gannon WOW Rosie, that’s so awesome!! Yr business AND yr book!! God Bless you & family & that little miracle…Kaleb!!

Yolanda Prado Felicitaciones Rosie que el Señor los siga guiando y prosperando en todas sus labores. Que siga marcando la pauta la creatividad que hasta ahora han mostrado. Gracias por tus memorias para tu amiga y compañera. Te quiero mucho y te recuerdo siempre como una excelente y fiel amiga de Adriana. Dios te bendiga a tí y a la familia

Bonnie Garfield/Loews Portofino Hotel Universal Studios Orlando /Director of Catering What a lovely article. Congratulations on your achievements and successes.  You truly are a real professional.  The best to you and looking forward to working with you really soon.


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Baby Matthew Turns 3, See…Miracles do Happen in This Day and Age

Today Micca and Gerry celebrate Baby Matthew’s Birthday.  By his Chronological age he is 3 years old.  It seems like just yesterday that someone said to these parents, your son will not make it, he was born too early.  But God had the last word and the faith of these parents impacted the miracle that we have today.  Matthew running around like a normal little boy, getting in to things as all baby boys do at this age.  Many blessings and congratulations from 27 Miracles to you Matthew and your parents.

When Matthew came out of the hospital, his parents wanted to do a baby dedication to show God and the world how much they believed in Miracles by dedicating Matthew to the Lord. Thank you to the vendors that made this event successful.

27 Miracles http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

Rev Marcus Moore http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

Sivan Photography http://sivanphotography.com/

Cinematique Films http://www.cinematiquefilms.com/

Treasured Moments Videography( Trailer for the  video)  http://tmvphdfilms.com/

Party Flavors( Cake) http://www.orlandocustomcakes.com/

RJ Glamour/Centerpieces http://glamourinnovation.com/html_ver/

New Beginnings/DJ http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/new-beginnings-events-cape-coral/2ae73b735803e1d9.html

Harpist Christine MacPhail http://www.orlandoharpist.com/

First Baptist Orlando http://www.firstorlando.com/

Vocalist Christopher Gaitan

Vocalist Laura Knowles

 

The Story of Matthew a Miracle from God:

It was April 2009 when Micca discovered that she was about 4 weeks pregnant, Gerry and Micca were very happy to bring a child into this world, especially Gerry. Elda was one of the first people that found out that Micca was pregnant.  Little did they both know the strong bond of support that Elda would be providing for Micca as she and Gerry were going to embark on a journey of trials.

The pregnancy was a challenge from the first few weeks of conception. During a routine examination of the baby and blood work, it was revealed that Micca’s progesterone level was very low, so the doctor ordered progesterone to be taken up to the baby’s 13th week of gestation. Without the progesterone, the baby would not survive.

The 14th week of life brought abdominal pains.  Gerry tried to comfort Micca and thought that it was normal growing pains.  The pain persisted over the next day.  While she was visiting with her mother in law Rosa she was not feeling well and when she went home, she started to have spotting.  Micca was home alone when she started having bleeding and unbearable pain.  She thought to herself that she had to get to the emergency room. There was no time to call anyone. On her way there, she heard the song, “He’s My Son” and at that very moment she cried out to the Lord for Him to have mercy on her and her baby.  She did not know if she was having a son or not, however she just wanted the baby to be healthy.

While at the hospital emergency room, they did an ultrasound and sure enough they told her she was having a boy and his heart rate was strong.  Along with that news came some more news.  The doctor came in and stated that she has a shortened cervix and the baby would not survive the pregnancy much longer. They will have to deliver the baby and he will not survive.

She asked to be transferred to another doctor and hospital.  She ended up at Florida Hospital under the care of Dr Ahmalt. Soon after she arrived, Dr Ahmalt examined her cervix and informed her that she would only have a 5 percent chance to save the baby.  Micca, with faith in her heart, told the doctor to give her 10 percent and leave 90 percent with God.  The doctor smiled and said “okay, surgery in 7 days”. Within those 7 days, Micca prayed, from morning till night about the coming surgery.  The special surgery, called a Circlage, would help Micca to keep the baby in her womb longer.

Micca remained in the hospital 101 days.  During the 101 days that Micca was in the hospital on bed rest, Gerry never left Micca’s side.  He came to visit every day and spent the night at her bedside after work, despite being tired to encourage her.  Micca had a good support system going with her mom, mother in law, grandparents and sisters. They all brought her encouragement and comfort food while she was on bed rest.

Micca believed that there were three angels that were placed in her life with a purpose, her three friends, Elda, Karen and Daisy.  They visited her faithfully with words of support and encouragement.

Then on an unexpected Thursday September 24th 2009, the baby could no longer stay inside, he was breech, and started kicking and was affecting the cervix staying closed.  Delivery was a necessity. Micca was 27 weeks; she could not hold the baby any longer, as the baby was breech and kicking. The doctor ordered an immediate C-section to prevent Micca from losing any more blood. Micca was devastated at the doctor’s decision because she had sacrificed so long on bed rest and wanted to have a normal delivery time.   Baby Mathew was delivered at 5pm on the 24th of September, 2 lbs 2oz. Gerry had just left an about an hour before all of this happened.  His first reaction was that of shock but at the same time proud that he was a father.

Matthew was admitted to the NICU as soon as he was born. He had tubes and monitors coming out everywhere.  This was very overwhelming for both Micca and Gerry.  At this time the prayers for the baby’s survival started. While praying for Matthew the song He’s My Son” kept coming back to Micca and it gave her strength as she prayed to the Lord…..

Many days and weeks went by with daily visits to the NICU at what seemed good and bad days.  Or as they always said in the NICU two steps forward and ten steps backwards.

Things began to take a turn for the worse in the middle of October.  Matthew began to require more oxygen every day and the doctors eventually found out that Mathew had contracted a hospital borne illness called Seratia, which had gotten into his lungs.  If not treated, Seratia can become very dangerous for a premature baby.  Matthew was also treated with steroids to help with the maturation of his lungs, but Matthew did not tolerate the medications.

Matthew got to the point where he required 100% oxygen.  This lasted months.  To Micca and Gerry this was very scary. During this desperate and trying time, Matthew had two nurses who fell in love with him, Charlotte and his nurse practitioner Lisa. They never gave up on Matthew and kept trying to find out what else they could do to help Matthew.  But at the same time, they knew Matthew was running out of time. Charlotte took care of Matthew like he was her own son. Whenever Micca found out Charlotte was on a shift, she knew this was the opportunity to take a much needed break because she knew Matthew was loved and under the best care possible.

Lisa, Matthew’s nurse practitioner and Dr Goldberg also never gave up on Matthew. They were always trying to find a solution towards Matthew’s care. Matthew’s unstable breathing patterns were not easy to deal with from day one. After a month of being on 100 % oxygen, Matthew’s condition worsened instead of improving.

One Tuesday night the nurses had to manually ventilate Mathew twice because his heart rate kept slowing down to the point that he would not survive if left untreated.   That Tuesday night Micca was working and Gerry was in the hospital with Matthew.  When Micca arrived for her evening visit, the nurse’s face showed nothing but worry for Matthew.  At the same moment, the Doctor on call said, “Mom Adolphe, Matthew may not make it tonight, he is very sick and we are not sure what is going to happen.  The doctor as gently as possible told Micca that she needs to start thinking about the next step” Micca’s faith was once again tested.  She looked at the Dr. right in his eyes and said “As long as my God is good, my son will live and he will come home”.

Gerry and Micca were upset, but they held their head up high, because they felt they had to be strong for each other and Matthew. Micca started to pray Psalm 23.

Micca accepted that God could possibly take Mathew and she committed her son to the Lord and said, “God, May Your Will Be Done”. But in her heart she was dying, crying, asking God for Mercy, telling God to take her instead and give Matthew life. Micca called her mother and told her the news about Mathew.  Micca’s mom, also being a woman of faith said, “My child, close your eyes and let’s Pray.”

Where two or more of you agree together in prayer about anything, you will have what you ask, because I am also there in your midst.  Mother and Daughter agreed in prayer for Mathew’s life and Micca went back to Mathew’s room with a sense of peace and hope in her heart. Micca’s father Orius prayed as well, asking our Heavenly Father to give life to Mathew because of the child’s innocence. Gerry’s mother and sister Jeanette also came to provide support and encouragement to Micca and Gerry.  They cried, telling Matthew how much they loved him and for him to stay strong and not to give up.

During this time, Lisa, Matthew’s nurse practitioner left and care was transferred to Dinorah, another nurse practitioner.  Lisa entrusted baby Matthew in her hands.

At that moment Micca said to herself. “I’m going to fight this battle, not with my own strength, but with prayers lifted to the Lord above. So Micca began to look for God that night with prayers.   The next morning Charlotte, Matthew’s primary nurse was bathing Matthew and as Micca approached the room, she heard her softly whisper “Lord, May Your Will Be Done for Matthew.”

During that time, Micca’s sister in law called her to give her a number to Dr Ajai, a pulmonary doctor.  What a small world, that very same morning Charlotte also gave Micca the number to Dr Ajai.  Dr Ajai and his partner Dr Verma developed a plan to get Matthew off the vent.

That same day Micca cried to God, wondering why He was not listening to her prayers, so she called on Jesus name asked him to speak to God, telling God that Matthew needs Him to please hurry because there is not much time left.  I knew that Jesus would hear my prayer and that he would come to visit Matthew. The Days went by and Matthew was still very critical and sick but as the days progressed Micca kept her faith and believed that God was intervening in her son’s life.

Micca would whisper in Mathew’s ear, small affirmations of faith.  “Don’t worry my son, Jesus will come visit you and he will heal you”. 14 days later, Mathew started to make small improvements and eventually was taken off the ventilator.

As the holidays approached Matthew grew and grew.  He got to wear clothes as soon as he reached 3 pounds.  What joy to see Matthew in clothes that were big enough for a doll to wear.  But with the holidays fast approaching, the news came with the sadness that Matthew would not be home for Christmas.  All around people were rejoicing with their children.  Micca and Gerry wanted to be strong so that they could enjoy Christmas despite what was happening with Matthew.

Right before the holidays Micca met a couple in the NICU named Rosie and Marcus.  They were the parents of baby Kaleb, also born at 27 weeks and a mere 1lb 10oz, just two weeks after Matthew was born.  Micca told Rosie and Marcus the story of how she remembered seeing Rosie walking in to the NICU for the first time.  Without knowing a thing about Rosie and Marcus, Micca prayed for them, even though she had her own set of challenges with Baby Matthew.

The weeks went by and Matthew grew stronger and stronger, despite the fact that he would have set backs after a progress forward.  The last few weeks there was a lot of back and forth on Matthew’s  feedings and whether he could tolerate the feedings or not.  The end conclusion was that he was not tolerating the feedings.

It was decided that On March 12th Matthew would have a g-tube placed to help him with his feedings and bilateral inguinal hernia repairs.  This brought Micca and Gerry back to the day he was born, due to the fear of having him on the ventilator again following the surgery. But it was a necessary procedure and all were hopeful that Matthew would do well.  

The Lord certainly heard Micca and Gerry’s prayers because Matthew had his surgery and came off the ventilator after he was intubated!!!!!!!The preparation started for Matthew to go home in a week. CPR classes, monitor training with the apnea machine, breathing treatment training, medication training, g-tube care and feedings.  WOW!! Very overwhelming!  But the excitement of finally leaving a place that became Matthew’s first home for 6 months was more exciting.

On 3/19/10 Matthew took his first car ride and it was to go to his home with Mommy and Daddy!! The song that came to mind was Celebration by Kool and the Gang:

Everyone Meet Matthew Adolphe, a miracle of God…….

 

Mathew has been a miracle child from the beginning and God’s thumbprint has been all over his life.  Gerry and Micca witnessed the birth of their son. Their friends and family provided much needed support to help them get through one of the most difficult things any couple can ever go through.  Micca and Gerry wanted to celebrate this miracle with you by sharing their story, celebrating Mathew’s life and God’s faithfulness to them.

Let’s rejoice with Micca and Gerry as they have their little Miracle from God Baby Matthew in their arms.

 

Happy Birthday Matthew!!