Planning the perfect wedding is serious business for Jason Mielke and his fiancée, Rebecca Winter Hansen.
That's why the Canadian groom and bride-to-be are looking for sponsors to fund their Nov. 25 wedding.
According to the Moose Jaw Times Herald, Mielke lost his job in January, shortly after he asked Hansen to marry him.
Eloping or getting married at the courthouse isn't an option for the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, couple, Mielke said. He also didn't want to ask family members for money, so he decided to seek sponsors for their special day.
"I've always been good at marketing, forming relationships in the community, sponsorship, stuff like that," he told the Times Herald. "I thought maybe I could do something here."
According to the CBC, Mielke and Hansen are "asking individual community members to donate money in return for a seat at their winter wedding reception." They're also hoping companies will pay for a red carpet, spa services, a gluten-free wedding cake and other items.
But Mielke and Hansen have some lines they won't cross.
"I Googled some pictures, and some brides have the logos of the companies on their dress, and I don't know if we're going that far," Mielke told the Times Herald.
Hansen said contributing to the couple's happy moment would lead to a "long-lasting and double-fold reciprocal return," the CBC reported.
"The power of giving always moves everyone toward greatness and making the impossible possible," she told the CBC.
Viewers of KOKI-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, witnessed an engagement live on air during coverage of the total solar eclipse on Monday.
KOKI Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott traveled to Prairie Home, Missouri, to be in the path of totality for the eclipse. He met several people that traveled to the area to see the eclipse, including a couple from Dallas. One man told Aydelott he planned to propose during the eclipse.
KOKI was live on TV covering the eclipse when the man pulled the woman to the side, got down on one knee and proposed. The crowd turned their attention from the sky to the couple. Based on the tears and kiss, she said yes.
A Pennsylvania DJ is facing charges after a bride accused him of stealing cards containing cash during her wedding.
Edward McCarty, 38, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, is charged with theft and related charges, according to TribLive.
Ashley Karasek said she only had 12 wedding cards in a collection box the morning after her July 29 wedding, which was attended by 120 people. She said McCarty was in possession of the collection box most of the evening.
In an affidavit, police said McCarty confessed to stealing a total of $600 because of “financial struggles.”
Karasek is now in the process of contacting guests who attended her wedding to ask how much they gifted her and the groom in the cards.
Read more at TribLive.
After their engagement photos went viral in June, 70-year-old Murphy Wilson and 67-year-old Lucinda Myers tied the knot at the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, on July 29 in front of friends and family.
Those in attendance at the ceremony, including the couple’s combined 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, witnessed a memorable moment as the couple shared a 90-second kiss at the front of the church.
“The kiss was one for the ages, and by the end had the entire church erupting into cheers,” Danita Jones told Yahoo Style. Jones is one of Wilson’s daughters who helped plan the wedding and reception with his other daughter, Gina Woods, through Productions by Danita Jones.
It’s the second marriage for both Wilson and Myers, but they know they have a special love for each other.
“This is one of the greatest days of my life, to be able to marry the love of my life,” Myers told family at the reception.
A Tennessee bride who was packing heat on her wedding night is now in jail, news reports state.
Kate Elizabeth Prichard, 25, and her new husband were at a hotel just hours after saying “I do” when witnesses said she whipped out a gun, according to WTVF.
"She pulled out of her wedding dress a 9mm pistol, pointed it at her new husband's head, and pulled the trigger," Sgt. Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Department told WTVF.
Luckily for the new groom, the gun wasn’t loaded. However, his new bride then filled the chamber and fired a round into the air.
When police arrived, the newlyweds told officers nothing had happened, WTVF reported.
But after police interviewed witnesses and found shell casings on the ground and a gun in the bathroom, they booked Prichard into the Rutherford County jail.
"Responding officers let the husband know the honeymoon was over and his new wife was going to jail," said Evans.
Read more at WTVF.
A bride is thanking 20 kindergarten and first-grade students for making her wedding day extra special.
Indianapolis teacher Marielle Slagel Keller, 25, tied the knot on June 24. She knew the day wouldn’t be complete without including her 20 students and their families, who helped her through the wedding planning process, ABC News reports.
“They mean the world to me,” Slagel Keller told WTHR. “The kids and their families were part of the whole wedding planning process with me and gave me so much support along the way. They are a huge part of who I am, and it would not have felt right to not have them there.”
The kids all wore white and walked down the aisle just before their teacher, holding garlands. Photos captured the touching moment.
Husband Mike Keller said he had some reservations at first but admitted that everything went perfectly.
“I said, ‘This is lovely,’ but in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, ‘There’s a 25 percent chance this will go according to plan,'" Mike Keller told ABC News. “But she really had a passion for it on this special day, and I’m glad she went with it. It ended up being perfect.”
Slagel Keller said having her students be a part of the day made it even more special.
“To have those kids walk down the aisle for me was really special. There were a lot of tears,” she said.
Better get out those tissues.
A heartwarming viral video shows the moment that a Marine's 4-year-old son burst into tears and hugged his new stepmother Saturday during a wedding tribute to the boy.
According to WPVI, Marine Sgt. Joshua Newville's son, Gage, became emotional during his father's wedding to Senior Airman Emily Leehan in Ripley, New York.
"I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person," Leehan said while delivering special vows she had written for the boy.
As the boy began to tear up, Leehan told Gage, "Don't cry," before he rushed into her arms, sobbing.
"I know that you and I will butt heads – except for right now," she continued, her voice breaking as Newville comforted his son. "But I hope, with all my heart, that as you become a grown man, you will understand my methods and realize I've only done what is best for you and that I love you."
She added: "The last thing that I hope you learn is that you are a very special boy. You are so extremely smart, handsome and kind to others. You have helped make me into the woman I am today, and I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you."
Bridal retailer Alfred Angelo abruptly closed its stores on Thursday night without notice, leaving many brides and bridesmaids without answers and dresses.
The company has more than 60 stores across the country. After news of the closings broke, brides scrambled to pick up dresses before the stores shut their doors for good at 8 p.m.
As of Friday morning, the company still had not released a statement about the closings.
Competitor David’s Bridal said it would offer 30 percent discounts to brides and 20 percent discounts to bridesmaids left without dresses.
Employees at Alfred Angelo’s corporate office in Delray Beach left the building en masse on Thursday, carrying boxes, plants and other personal belongings, as social media talk swirled that the bridal retailer was closing its doors.
The scene followed buzz on social media saying that the company, which was founded in 1933, is going out of business. On Twitter and online message boards, anxious brides posted queries and alerts, but few found answers.
By Thursday afternoon, there were no employees in the company’s Delray corporate office on the fourth floor of a building on Congress Avenue at Linton Boulevard. Some offices still had desks and supplies and framed posters of wedding dresses hung on the walls.
An employee of another business on the first floor, which faces the main entrance to the building, described seeing a “mass exodus before lunchtime.”
“Everyone left one by one with cardboard boxes, plants,” said the employee, who asked not to be named. “One of them said it. They were all fired today … It was so bizarre.”
A company representative could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday. Employees did not answer the phone at the chain’s store in Broward County. The company’s website said there are more than 800 stores offering Alfred Angelo merchandise.
Anxious brides took to Twitter on Thursday to sound off on the status of their orders and the lack of information coming from the company. Some brides said they had already ordered and paid for dresses, but had yet to receive them.
“Any other #brides stressed about the #alfredangelo bankruptcy?? @theknot @WeddingWire @brides THIS IS SO MESSED UP,” one woman wrote.
”@AlfredAngelo Will you still be fulfilling orders that were placed months ago?” another person asked.
“One store location did answer the phone. Sales rep said "we're all basically screwed" & gave me Attorney's office to contact. #alfredangelo,” a third person said.
In a March press release, the company billed itself as “the world’s leading manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of beautifully designed wedding gowns, bridesmaids and social occasion dresses.” The company was founded in 1933, according to its website.
This story has been updated.
A couple is thanking their daughter for a surprise their family will cherish for generations.
Jennifer and Timothy Bing tied the knot 38 years ago in Maryland, but all the photos from their wedding were destroyed in a fire at a pharmacy.
“I felt devastated. That’s the only wedding I had,” Jennifer Bing, 65, told ABC News.
Her daughter, Ashleigh Bing, decided to surprise her parents with something unforgettable for their 38th anniversary on July 7 — new wedding photos.
Ashleigh is a professional photographer and arranged a surprise photo shoot for her parents, complete with touching personal touches, including a framed wedding invitation from her parents’ big day — one of the only surviving mementos from their wedding.
Ashleigh picked out two gowns for her mom and reached out to a florist and a makeup artist. She kept it all a surprise until the day before the shoot.
“I told my parents that I needed them on Saturday, June 17. ... My mom kept asking me questions, but I would not tell her anything. I got great joy from her trying to figure it out,” Ashleigh told the Washingtonian.
The night before the shoot, Ashleigh showed her mom the dresses and told her she had to be ready for makeup at 5:30 a.m. the next morning.
“She cried, and could not believe it,” said Ashleigh.
The photo shoot was held outside the Washington National Cathedral and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
On the day of their anniversary, Ashleigh gave them an album of the special anniversary photos.
“She has made a wish come true of mine that I thought would never happen,” Jennifer Bing told ABC News. “She’s my favorite girlfriend in the whole wide world.”
A Florida bride’s magical day turned into a nightmare after nearly all of her gifts were stolen.
Marilyn Shuman had her reception at the Sunset Grille at Little Harbor in Ruskin, Florida, and said “everything was perfect” until she spotted a woman she didn’t know, WFTS reported.
“She was not a guest; I had no idea who she was. She approached me because I had been staring at her. She told me she was investigating the venue for her daughter," Shuman told WFTS.
The woman allegedly stole all of Shuman’s gifts except three, which Hillsborough County deputies said totaled about $2,000, according to WFTS.
“We assumed that someone might have picked up all the gifts and cards from the table for us,” Shuman said of the moment she and her husband saw all the gifts were gone.
However, the thief made one mistake that might lead to her arrest.
The woman took a photo and signed Shuman’s memory book. “It's going to seal her fate I hope,” Shuman told WFTS.
Read more at WFTS.
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