It is always an honor to work with a couple or a family through Wish Upon a Wedding. Maria and Jason are such a loving and lovely couple – and their boys, Juan and Mateo, are the absolute sweetest! Being able to create a special vow renewal ceremony that reflected the love that they had for each other, as well as the love that they had for their beautiful family, was a joy and something that I feel fortunate to have been part of.
The vow renewal began with a Sand Ceremony, to include the boys and honor each person in the family as a valued member. Maria and Jason poured their sand first to represent the foundation of the family. The boys layered their sand colors next so that they blended, but could still be seen individually. This represented that as brothers, they would be joined for life, yet still unique in their own way. Finally, Maria and Jason poured their sand on the top to represent their protection of this wonderful family unit. (The boys LOVED this!)
Jason and Maria then shared personally written, heartfelt vows. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
After their vows, I created a special coin ceremony, based on the 13 Coins or Arras, which is a ritual practiced in many Spanish speaking cultures. This was a nod to Maria’s Columbian heritage. I’ll share more about that on an upcoming blog post!
For now – enjoy this heartwarming story recently posted on the Wish Upon a Wedding website!
Lacey Eldersveld January 10, 2020
On November 3, 2019, Maria and Jason gathered with friends and family at the Knowlton Mansion in Philadelphia, PA to renew their vows after 14 years of marriage.
For this lovely couple, who first met through friends nearly 16 years ago, the day marked the perfect opportunity to celebrate a love that has persevered in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health and through long distances and years apart. Shortly after the couple starting dating in 2004, Maria was forced to return to Colombia, her home country, to apply for a new visa. Although the process took nearly two years, Jason’s love and commitment never wavered. He visited her as much as possible and in 2005, asked for her hand in marriage. She was granted her visa in August of 2006 and the couple returned home to the states and was married that October.
Over the course of the next few years, Jason and Maria started a family and were blessed with two sons. In the beginning of 2015, Maria went in for her first mammogram. She had noticed a change in one of her breasts and was anxious to have it checked out. The scan revealed a mass and a biopsy confirmed the news that she had been dreading. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a mastectomy in March of 2015, followed by chemotherapy and radiation.
This past spring, Maria began to experience some troublesome coughing. She went in for scans and was sadly told that the cancer had moved to her lungs and liver. She has continued treatment and is working with her doctors to stop the progression of her disease.
We’ve loved hearing Jason and Maria’s story and were honored to grant their wish for a vow renewal. From start to finish, the day unfolded like a fairy tale. Gorgeous sunshine, delicious food, a Cinderella ball gown, over-the-top balloon display, breathtaking flowers, a stunning cake, great friends and so much love.
We couldn’t have pulled any of this off without the tireless work of our incredible team, led by Ticia of The Calla Lily Event Planning. Thank you sweet friends – we are so thankful for your incredible work:
Planner: The Calla Lily Event Planning
Venue: Knowlton Mansion
Caterer/Cake: Conroy Catering
Floral: William Penn Inn Flower Shop
Stationer: Pretty Ink Press
Photography: Karen Ann Photography
Videography: New Pace Wedding Films
Beauty: ANF Hair Designs
Officiant: Lehigh Valley Celebrants
Gown: La Bella Moda
Photo booth: Poser Photography
Balloon Backdrop: Peonies Events
Harpist: The Happy Musician
Suits: The Men’s and Boy’s Store
Flower Girl Attire: Rosebud Fashions
Favors: Four R Benefit
Rentals: Vintage Kissed
Linens: Nuage Designs
Garter: The Garter Girl
Robe: Ella Winston