NJ Military Couple Weds With Help From Weddings For Heroes Nonprofit

May 25, 2012

On May 25th, Danielle and Steven Miller had the wedding reception they dreamed about at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ. Wedding professionals from throughout New Jersey volunteered their time, expertise, products and services through Weddings For Heroes, a new charitable organization recently founded to assist Military couples with weddings

Below is the couple’s story, as written by the bride, Danielle, from Bellmawr, NJ:

Steven and Danielle Miller at the Weddings For Heroes launch event in Red Bank

Steven and Danielle Miller at the Weddings For Heroes launch event in Red Bank

My name is Danielle Miller and this is our story. My 
husband Steven Miller has been active in the Military with the Army Reserves
 since he was 17. He LOVES the Army and would be on active duty right now if
he could. He loves what he does so much that eight days after he graduated
high school he went to his first day of boot camp. He has had two tours over
seas. His first tour was in Kuwait and his most recent tour was in Iraq.
 
Steven and I have been together for over five years now. We have two
beautiful children. Colin, our son, is 3 1/2 and Aubrey, our daughter, is 5
 months old. In our relationship we have never done anything by the books. We 
never did anything traditionally. We moved into an apartment together then 
became pregnant with our son. Before Steven’s last tour in Iraq we finally 
moved out of our one bedroom apartment into our brand new house, which we 
bought and we were no longer “renters.” Steve was only able to stay in our
 first house for thirteen days until he was deployed. Our son was only a 
little over one when he left. It was one of the hardest things we have gone 
through. With Steve leaving, our new house, and our one year old energetic 
little boy, it was a lot of new responsibilities that I was not used to doing 
alone. Being away from your spouse for such a long period of time is very 
hard. Any kind of communication with Steve was difficult. I had to always 
wait for his calls and emails. I would have given anything to be able to
 pick up the phone and call him. One of the hardest things for both Steve and 
I was explaining to our son were daddy was. Even though he was little, he 
still knew that his daddy wasn’t home and he wasn’t where he was supposed to 
be, with Colin and I. We had to wait a little over seven months to see Steve 
for the first time since his deployment. SEVEN MONTHS!!! And that was just 
for his R&R. Having to let him go again was so hard. No family should ever
 have to go through that.

The Millers, with son Colin at Halloween

The Millers, with son Colin at Halloween

When Steve finally came home for good it was great having our little family 
back together. I’ll never forget the look on our son’s face when he finally
 saw his daddy! He spent only a few weeks home with us before taking a job
 three hours from home to provide for his family. Steve is gone Monday 
morning and returns home Saturday morning since his civilian job does not
 pay as much as the army paid – he is constantly working when and where he
 can. His work ethic is a quality I admire in him.

One month after he returned home, we became pregnant with our daughter. We 
couldn’t be happier about expanding our family and giving Colin a little sister. The day before Christmas Eve 2010 Steve asked me
 to marry him in front of my entire family. OH MY GOSH was I ever excited!! I 
was very impressed with him, his family, and my family for keeping it a
 secret for a month. Steve is not the best at keeping surprises and neither 
are our families.

Times were getting a little harder with our bills. All of the work Steve 
does is outside and his working is totally dependent on the weather. This
 does not make for good working conditions in the winter. Also with this
 economy, Steve’s work was very slow. At this point I’m about 4-5 months
 pregnant, paying $263 a month for my health insurance and now my insurance
 company is telling me after the new year I have to go on the “pregnancy 
plan” insurance, which is $500.00 a month!! That’s just for me!! With bills
 slowly getting tighter and now this, Steve and I decided that we would just
 get married by the Justice of Peace and then have a wedding in the future.
 So that’s what we did. On January 15th, 2011 we were officially husband and
 wife. Yay!! Now that we are married I can go on his Military insurance plan.
 That definitely helped us save money.

Steve and baby Aubrey, "Daddy's Little Girl"

Steve and baby Aubrey, “Daddy’s Little Girl”

Unfortunately with his job being so slow, Steve didn’t have work for 5-6
 weeks straight. But fortunately my parents put aside some money for me for 
when we would get married. As much as we didn’t want to, we had to use a lot
 of what they gave us to pay our bills. Now with two kids, I do the best I 
can to help bring in income. I’m by myself with our children every day.
 Besides being mommy I do hair at home and recently started teaching Zumba. I
 have been back and forth with working. I stopped a month before Colin was
 born and didn’t return until Steve was deployed in Iraq. Colin was born with 
a cleft lip and palate. He has already had four surgeries at his young age.
 His first surgery he was only 13 days old. Because of his disability it was
better for me to stay home with him. With Steve’s job, he’s out of town all
 week and returns home every Saturday morning to be with us. Then heads back 
to Long Island Monday morning around 3 in the morning to be at work by 7.
 One weekend out of the month he has drill for the Army Reserves. So really 
we only see each other 4-6 days a month. He is working very hard to find a 
job that will bring him home every night. The Military can only help so
much. He went to them for help and he did everything they told him, but
 still with this market and economy, finding a job is not easy for anyone. The
 bills need to be paid, so he does what makes the money.

I’m telling you our story because Steve is the love of my 
life. In just the five years we have been together we have experienced more 
than most couples experience in twenty years. Family is Steve’s life. Ever 
since I first met him he loves being around his family and always puts us 
first. Weddings are so much fun because everyone’s together and celebrating
 your love. This wedding would mean so much to us. We aren’t able to do much 
together for ourselves. I know with your help it could actually happen 
instead of hoping that one day we finally have our wedding. With everything 
we have been through together this wedding would be a day for us to just put
 all our energy and love into each other instead of focusing on all the 
distractions of everyday life. 
 
Thank you for your time and thank you for giving military families an 
amazing chance for a beautiful wedding. I hope that with your help Steven 
and I are able to experience our dream wedding.

~ Danielle Miller

Weddings For Heroes - http://www.weddingsforheroes.org

Weddings For Heroes – http://www.weddingsforheroes.org

Participating NJ wedding vendors assisting in Danielle and Steven’s wedding

Brides Personal Assistant – Dara Castiglione of Save The Date Now, Day of Coordinator Memorable Moments, DJ – Infinity Events, Photographers – KSS Photos and  JamieLynn Photography, Videographer – Always in Motion/E Video Productions, Photo Favors –  Your Memories LLC, Minister – Marc Manna, Hair & Make-up – Schwartz Salon, JPS – Jewel Party Solutions, The Busy Brides Helper, Florist- Flowers on Front, Harpist/Ceremony Music Rosemarie, Cardbox – CardboxDiva.com, Invitations – Yvette Sencion/SDezigns, Calligraphy – Art by Vieno

About Weddings For Heroes

Weddings for Heroes is a charitable wedding service program that assists military personnel, combat veterans, and active duty servicemen and women facing hardships at no cost to them. The nonprofit specializes in helping with wedding services, receptions, ceremonies and vow renewals. The organization was founded in May 2011 by Jewel Georgieff and Sandi Silva; two women whose family members served or are currently serving in the military. They both run successful wedding planning businesses in communities surrounding New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The Weddings For Heroes had an official launch on February 28, 2012 with an event at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank, NJ. For more information and to find out how to donate, visit their web site at www.weddingsforheroes.org.

The first Weddings For Heroes wedding was covered on My9 News!

The first Weddings For Heroes wedding was covered on My9 10:00 News!

View My9 News Story below (coverage starts around the 5:00 mark, after the sports report):

Wedding For Hero: My9TV.com


White Carpet Boutique Showcase features luxury wedding professionals in Northern NJ on June 13th

May 16, 2012
White Carpet Boutique Showcase will launch at the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn on 6/13

White Carpet Boutique Showcase will launch at the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn on 6/13

Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey – Calling all brides-to-be! The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern, Creations by Christine Events, in association with (201) BRIDE Magazine and NJWedding.com have announced an upscale, one-of-a kind bridal event that will showcase the areas top luxury bridal professionals and vendors on Wednesday, June 13th from 5-8 pm at the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern.

From food to flowers to bridal gowns and formal wear, from fine china and invitations, The White Carpet Boutique Showcase is a must attend event for those soon-to-be brides and bridal parties planning the thousands of details necessary to make your New Jersey wedding special. Along with food and dessert tastings, there will be live demonstrations, expert advice, a bridal attire preview and bridal vendor giveaways.

Participating vendors include Biltmore Tuxedo, Le Bijou Day Spa, Mania Hair Studio, Serenity Massage, Craig Scott Entertainment, Sweet Caroline, Amaryllis Florals, Wedding Flowers by Robyn, Courtyard by Marriott, Plaza Jewelers, Ambassador Video & Photography, Videoccasions, Valley Tent and Kallman Travel.

Tickets are $10 with advanced registration or $15 at the door. The evening also includes a complimentary signature cocktail for all guests and a deluxe gift bag. Registration can be completed by visiting www.whitecarpetboutique.com. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Wish Upon A Wedding, a non-profit organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness & serious life-altering circumstances.

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern is the host for the White Carpet Boutique Showcase

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern is the host for the White Carpet Boutique Showcase

Meticulously restored and under new ownership since 2009, The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern has been re-designed for an optimum dining experience offering gourmet offerings in a casually elegant atmosphere. Touching virtually every aspect of one of Ho-Ho-Kus’ most beloved and historic buildings, the renovation included the addition a of a casual 33-seat Tavern, a bluestone patio and outdoor fireplace for seasonal outdoor dining and a complete renovation of the Inn’s dining rooms, each evoking a personality or period in the town’s history. Recently appointed Executive Chef Ralph Perrotti creates innovative cuisine using the freshest ingredients from select local and regional farmers and purveyors. The historic Ho-Ho-Kus Inn sources the majority of its produce through Zone 7, the farm fresh distribution service that connects select NJ restaurants interested in responsible and sustainable local and regional farmers. The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn is open every day from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. (weekdays) and until 2:00 a.m. on weekends. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern is located at One East Franklin Turnpike. Reservations can be made by calling (201) 445-4115 or through the Open Table link at http://www.hohokusinn.com

Check out photos from the event here, and view a video recap from Videoccasions Video Productions below:


A Love Story Blossoms For Wish Upon A Wedding NJ / NY Metro Recipients

May 9, 2012

Jill and Kevin will be married in East Windsor, NJ on May 12, 2012 and achieve their dream wedding with the help of Wish Upon a Wedding New Jersey/New York Metro wedding professionals. Read their story below…

How They Met:

Jill and Kevin will receive their wedding wish May 12th

Jill and Kevin will receive their wedding wish May 12th

Like many couples, Kevin and Jill met at a bar, but it was the “one place” Jill swore she’d never meet a future husband! However when they saw one another, something just ‘clicked’, almost at first glance.

Their Love Story:

Kevin and Jill fell in love pretty quickly. They wanted to spend every moment with each other. Jill has a 10 year old son that Kevin just adored and that made her fall in love with him even more.

Obstacles:

In June 2010 Jill started experiencing horrible back pain. She went to chiropractors and made a few trips to the emergency room. She then ended up with a broken rib. One morning Jill awoke with a pain in her right breast and had a follow up appointment with her General Practitioner so she figured she would just let her take a look. Her doctor gave her a prescription for a mammogram and Jill went the next day.

In March of 2009 Jill had found a lump in her right breast and went to her gynecologist to have it checked. Unfortunately, he dismissed it as a fibroid cyst and sent her on her way, despite the fact there was a family history of breast cancer. (Jill had two grandmothers who had breast cancer.) After more time had passed, Jill was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at the age of 32. The last year and a half have been very hard, not only for Jill but for Kevin and for their family and friends as well.

The couple found out the cancer had spread in November 2011. Now Jill is experimenting with a new clinical trial. She explained to us that she gets through each day with a positive mindset. Like thousands of other women throughout the world, Jill hopes that one day there will be a cure for breast cancer.

What Makes Their Relationship Special:

According to Jill, “our relationship is special because Kevin and I were always the funny ones. We could finish each others’ sentences and play off each other when the funny stories came out. We’ve always referred to each other as two peas in a pod. we were just meant to be.”

What Does The Future Hold?

The love and support from their family and friends is so special, and has helped them get through the hard times. Jill is really looking forward to celebrating her wedding surrounded by those who mean so much to her. As for the future, Jill says, “I foresee a happy future. I foresee my oncologists continuing to find new medicine so that I can stay on this earth, marry the love of my life, (and) watch my son grow into a man and be happy.”

About Wish Upon A Wedding:

Wish Upon a Wedding is the world’s first nonprofit wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Officially launched in January of 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding currently has chapters throughout the United States. For more information about Wish Upon A Wedding New Jersey / New York Metro, follow chapter updates on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WUWNewJersey and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/WUW_New_Jersey.

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