Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation Ibeth's Wish Paulina Ochoa Photography

A Wishing Well Christmas And Birthday: Ibeth’s Wish

From the moment a couple learns they’re expecting, they begin to imagine all of the special moments they will have with their child. Watching their child take their first steps, say their first words, going to their first day of school and so much more. Ibeth and Ernesto were no different. Happily married, the two of them were blissfully awaiting the impending birth of their first child. It was everything they imagined and more.

Then, in April 2016, their world turned upside down. Ibeth received the devastating news that she had an inoperable brain tumour (acute lymphotblastic leukemia). Making the only decision a mother can, she chose to put off her own treatment in order to give their unborn child the best opportunity at life. She managed to make it until 32 weeks when Baby Alexia was delivered by C-Section. Alexia remaining in the NIC-U for the next month while Ibeth immediately began chemotherapy, and later a stem cell transplant. She and Ernesto were filled with hope and optimism for the future that would include their beloved daughter Alexia.

At the end of November, Ibeth and Ernesto learned that her disease had relapsed and there was no curative treatment options available. Recognizing that Ibeth’s time with her family was extremely limited, she wanted to make the most of the time she did have left. She knew Alexia would have no memory of her mother, and only would live in the stories that Ernesto would tell her as she got older. Ibeth wanted to be able to have photos that Alexia would be able to cherish later showing her how much her mother loved her. She wanted to be able celebrate Alexia’s first Christmas and first birthday. This was where the Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation came in.

Led by Lisa Laplante of Everlasting Impressions, an incredible team of our STAR vendors got together to make Ibeth’s wish come true. Through their combined efforts, they put on an afternoon celebration that included a photo shoot for the family, followed by both a Christmas and First Birthday celebration for Baby Alexia. Ibeth lovingly chose a dress for her daughter and a Santa outfit for the occasion. Durand Bridal and Formal Wear and Emilia Art Make-Up acted as Ibeth’s fairy godmothers providing a beautiful cobalt blue gown for her to wear and doing her hair and make-up to help Ibeth look her absolute best!

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation Ibeth's Wish Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Paulina of Paulina Ochoa Photography was there to capture each and every moment, documenting the day with pictures that Ernesto and Alexia will treasure in the years to come. Chair Flair helped create a backdrop for the photos and assisted with some of the other décor for the event. Twisted Film Works was also able to capture the event on video, another keepsake that will become cherished in the future.

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Ibeth, Ernesto and Alexia were able to celebrate with some of their closest friends with a celebration at their home. The food was catered by Pio Peruvian, a nod to Ibeth’s ancestory. Cake Sensations made a wonderful winter-themed cake, perfect to acknowledge a winter birthday and Christmas. The dessert table included other sweet treats with a candy buffet from The Sugar Cube.

 

Cake – Cake Sensations; Candy Buffet – The Sugar Cube; Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Princess “Elsa” from Nicole’s Sparkling Princess Parties made a special appearance to the party along with a balloon specialist and magician Tristan Court from TriXtan Entertainment.

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Balloon Artist – TriXtan Entertainment; Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Princess “Elsa” from Nicole’s Sparkling Princess Parties; Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Wishing Well Wedding And Event Foundation; Paulina Ochoa Photography

Paulina Ochoa Photography

 

Sadly, Ibeth went into a coma two and a half weeks after her wish celebration. She passed away peacefully in January, 2017. While we know she is looking over her family and keeping them safe, we offer our condolences to Ernesto and Alexia, and the rest of Ibeth’s family.

 

A special thank you to all of the wonderful STAR vendors who were involved and helped make Ibeth’s wish come true!

Event Planner:    Lisa Laplante of Everlasting Impressions

Photographer:   Paulina Ochoa Photography

Videography:    Twisted Film Works

Venue:    Private residence

Cake:    Cake Sensations

Candy:   The Sugar Cube

Décor:   Chair Flair

Dress:    Durand Bridal And Formal Wear

Hair & Make-Up:   Emilia Art Make-Up

Caterer:   Pio Peruvian

Balloon Artist:   TriXtan Entertainment

Princess “Elsa”:   Nicole’s Sparkling Princess Parties

 

 

 

Wishing Well Wedding: Micah and Peter – April 6th, 2017

Micah first met Peter when she went to purchase a car. He was the handsome salesman who had caught her eye. Peter was mesmerized by the petite beauty and couldn’t stop himself from flirting. This was the beginning, and the rest, as you can say, is history. Their relationship grew as they fell in love with one another. Their plans started to involve their shared love of travel, taking them to exotic locations like Santorini, Greece. Like any young couple in love, they began making plans for the future, believing that they had all the time in the world.

Their world got turned upside down on January 1st, 2017. Micah, only 25 years of age, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. She immediately began receiving treatment and had surgery, but the results weren’t favorable. It wasn’t the life they had planned, but it was the one they had been handed. Peter has stuck by Micah’s side as she has continued to deal with the cancer, supporting her through her treatments and various doctors’ appointments. Despite their prayers, they soon learned that the cancer has spread and Micah’s days were numbered. What would normally tear most couples apart has brought the two of them even closer together.

In mid-March Peter proposed, wanting to commit himself to the love of his life in the days they had left together. Micah said yes!

Wishing Well Wedding and Event Foundation learned of their story and through the assistance of some amazing Calgary wedding vendors, managed to help pull Micah and Peter’s dream wedding together  in a little over a week. Continue below to see some of the special moments from their magical day!

Micah is a beautiful soul – inside and out! It didn’t take long for our hair and make-up team time to come in and work their magic, transforming her from beautiful into an absolutely radiant bride. Hair Creative By David Roberts and Glam N Go – Jenna Nicole made sure she looked her absolute best, giving her the red carpet treatment that every bride deserves.

 

Hair Creative By David Roberts: Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Hair Creative By David Roberts; Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Glam N Go – Jenna Nicole: Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Make-up By Glam N Go – Jenna Nicole; Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Micah made for such a beautiful bride. Being so petite, it was not going to be easy to find a wedding gown off the rack. Instead, she ended up wearing the same dress that her mom wore for a renewal of vows ceremony a few years back. We can’t think of anything more perfect with such emotional ties. She looked amazing!

 

Photo Credit: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

Photo Credit: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

Photo credit: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

We love watching fathers see their daughters for the first time as a bride. It’s an incredible moment that many fathers dream about, and this time was no exception!

 

Photo credit: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

Photo credit: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

Photo credit: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

Transportation to the church was provided by Ambassador Limousine Service.

 

 

The ceremony was held at Brentview Baptist Church with Dr. Dave Spate officiating. Occasional Notes provided music throughout the ceremony. The words spoken were sincere, and in the moment. Most couples when they say their vows envision a future with them growing old together. Micah’s illness made the situation much more real for both of them. As a result, their vows were from the heart and held so much more meaning. They celebrate their commitment to one another and cherish the time they have left together with an understanding and appreciation for life that few people can truly understand.

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

We want to acknowledge the ladies at Durand Bridal who helped make sure Micah’s bridesmaids looked their best.

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

After the ceremony, guests returned to Micah’s family home for the reception. Red Events, Chair Flair, and Gathered Table Supply Co. worked together to create an inviting space for guests to enjoy a wonderful luncheon catered by Rob from Red Seal Dining. Surrounded by those that love them the most, it was a wonderful and intimate celebration.

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Event catered by Red Seal Dining; Photo credit: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

Food catered by Red Seal Dining; Photo credit: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

Pretty Sweet designed this beautiful two-tiered cake with a marbleized and flecks of edible 23K gold.

 

Cake by Pretty Sweet; Photo credit: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

 

 

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,but the moments that take our breath away!” – Maya Angelou

 

On behalf of Wishing Well Wedding and Event Foundation, we wish Micah and Peter blessings and happiness as they begin this next chapter of their lives together.

 

Micah and Peter’s wedding day would not have happened without an incredible team of Calgary wedding vendors. Thank you to each and every one of the vendors for their support and participation!

Wedding Planning:   Olivia of Love Crush Weddings

Wedding Day Execution:   Lesley of Magical Moments Event Planning and Cathy MacRae of Creative Weddings Planning & Décor

Photography:   Svetlana Yanova Photography

Cinematography:   Ferdi Flancia Films

Ceremony Venue:    Brentview Baptist Church

Officiant:  Dr. Dave Spate, Brentview Baptist Church

Bridesmaids Dresses:   Durand Bridal

Flowers:   Philip Chong Flower Bar

Décor Rentals:   Red Events, Gathered Table Supply Co. and Chair Flair

Transportation:   Ambassador Limousine Service

Cake:   Pretty Sweet Bakeshop

Ceremony Music:   Occasional Notes

Catering:   Rob of Red Seal Dining

Hair:  Hair Creative By David Roberts

Make-Up:   Jenna Nicole of Glam N’ Go