GOALLLLLLLL! It's like the World Cup of Weddings! We did it everyone! This could not have happened without all of you who shared the link, gave us your last $5, gave us a super duper big donation, gave us some love on CNN Money, and just believed in community! This campaign was about love from start to finish because people are kind and it feels good to give! Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you! We are going to leave this page up through Friday in case anyone who would like to donate hasn't had a chance to. Brandi and RJ just got hit with a love tidal wave and they are beyond grateful!
We have literally $238 left to go to make this goal. We are not afraid of going over either if people are feeling super inspired to just go nuts. Let's take it over the top! 162 people have created this wedding in just under two months. My heart is so full!
Absolutely amazing! The home stretch is the best part! We are like seconds away from the finish line. 94.6% of the goal is complete. This isn't a fantasy anymore. It's a reality. A real live wedding for one of my favorite women in the world!
We are so close to the goal that it's blowing my mind. $998 more dollars to go and we're not mad if it goes over =) Love to all of you who are adding your love to the mix!
Oh my goodness, closing it out strong! Go Team Wedding Go! This is beautiful stuff. This is the work of 149 people who felt the love and gifted from the heart to make this wedding come true. Thank you so so much everyone!!! 89.3%!!
We had a very generous and sweet donation this morning that pushed us up to $8,612!!! Wow! We are ridiculously close to our goal and it's all because of your love. Thank you for sharing this link, thank you for donating, thank you for being champions for love!
We are soooo close! Wow! We got a little bit of press because they really liked our story. It's a feel good community builder so let's keep building! 76%!
74.6% of our goal-wow! I just saw Brandi yesterday and she found a great location for the wedding and they are actually moving the date up a week! We are totally on track to make this wedding beautiful, fun, and a huge gift to them. Lots of love and enjoy your holiday weekend everybody!
73.3% of our goal has been met! We are so close! Brandi and RJ have been doing everything on their end to file for restitution from Jason of the Rebar but when you owe $6 million in back taxes...well, we'll just see how that all pans out. Today, the word is still love and we are making a wedding happen. Thank you so much to all who have donated so far!
Wow! $20 away from $7,000?! Amazing. This is all you guys. Feels good to give right? We receive so much from that act. As I'm writing this I'm feeling compelled to bump that number up. Let's do this! Let's make a wedding xxoo
So, big news! GoFundMe is really feeling the love of everyone who has donated to Brandi & RJ and we may get some media attention. Love saves the day! Thank you so so much for all of the sweetness this campaign has attracted. A little extra sugar to those sweet people who have never even met this couple but are donating to the cause!
125 people have raised $6,770 in 23 days for Brandi and RJ! That is only $3,330 away from their goal! "Three is the trinity number: mind, body, and soul. The appearance of 3:33 could be a confirmation that you’re hitting it on all three levels and really in the zone." Let's see what kind of magic we can make...
We are at 64.05%!! Whoot whoot! Edging closer! Thank you so so much for the donations that continue to pour in. Love seeing them. Thank you so much. This wedding is going to be amazing!
Going strong! We raised 61.55% of our goal of $10,000 in just 15 days! This is how it's done and it takes a village. 114 people have contributed. I would love to meet and SURPASS this goal in the next 15 days. Let's do it! No amount is too tiny. Seriously, it's all love and support!
We are almost at 60% of our goal! So exciting! 753 have shared this on Facebook, 111 people have emailed the link to friends. I love it. I just love it. Such a kind show of support from 105 people so far. Thank you so much!
I woke up this morning to see two donations from some dear friends of mine from high school that have never met Brandi or RJ...one came with a particularly dear message. Just like Levar Burton said, it's the $5/$10/$20 offerings that feel so heart warming! It's all about love and love is saving the day! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. We just crossed over the 50% mark. Love you!
Alright, we're back! We're at 48.95%! Almost half! This is the true amount after all the faux donations from an overzealous person were deleted. Let's do this!
As if this wedding needs more foul play, our "angel investor" is actually someone who is just having fun throwing thousands of dollars of fake money at this campaign. We are actually still going strong at about 50% of the goal. For the love of love, let's do this!
We are over 50% there! So exciting! This campaign will run as long as it needs to so if you can't donate this month...we're happy to receive anytime! We got a very special angel donation of $1000 from someone that neither Brandi or RJ knows. Love moves mountains.
35% of our goal has been reached. 228 shares of our page! So much amazing support! I love seeing people who donate $5. That is super big love to me.
186 shares on Facebook! Thank you so much for spreading the love. It's a beautiful thing to see xxoo
Wow! 30% of our goal raised in 2 days! All donations in service of LOVE! What a treat to witness. Thank you all! It is so much appreciated!
Brandi and R.J. are bowled over by all the love and support they have received! It is truly amazing to see what community can do. Thank you so so much to all that have donated so far!
Brandi and RJ met in 2007. Brandi had a feeling that RJ could be someone very special in her life and asked RJ if she could see him perform downtown at The Pearl Theatre on her birthday. The rest is history. Shortly after, he moved into her Brooklyn apartment and they began to create a life together. Brandi began to pursue her dream of becoming a massage therapist and RJ started climbing up the ranks as an actor. After six years together, RJ took her to the first place they met. With her grandmother’s engagement ring in his hand; he asked her to be his wife and partner. Just weeks after their newly engaged bliss began, RJ got the job opportunity of his life at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Unfortunately, this job would take him across the country, requiring him to spend a full year away from his beautiful bride to be. Without even time to start discussing wedding plans he had to leave.
After a very emotional farewell Brandi began to plan their dream wedding alone. With the help of friends, her parents in Tennessee, and limited FaceTime chats with her love, she was able to find what she thought was the perfect place to hold their party. Her parents took every bit of their wedding budget and put it towards the "too good to be true" Rebar. Owner Jason Stevens was able to meet them at their highest possible budget if they paid in full up front. With the venue, food, and decorations in place, Brandi was then able to find her dream dress and begin to finally visualize her special day with her special man. All of that was crushed on Friday May 9th, when the news that Rebar has filed for bankruptcy and all of their deposits were lost. Jason Stevens has since been arrested but the money is already gone. Brandi and RJ are devastated and in shock. This amazing couple had their wedding yanked out from under them. Any amount that you can contribute to recover a portion of what was lost would be hugely appreciated. Even $1 would be a beautiful contribution-no amount is too small! Please share this link with friends, family and loved ones if you feel moved to do so. Thank you!