Save Brandi & R.J.'s Wedding!

$10,309 of $10k goal

Raised by 174 people in 28 months
Erin Telford  BROOKLYN, NY
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!
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Update 23
26 months ago

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!
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Update 22
26 months ago

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!
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Update 21
26 months ago

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!
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Update 20
26 months ago

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!
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Brandi Ryans
27 months ago

WOW!! Y'all are really making it happen! We are so humbled and happy, we are so close!! Thanks to everyone for their generosity, support, shares and prayers!!

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Brandi Ryans
28 months ago

We are half way through raising funds and over half way to the goal!! Im so amazed and proud and loved my all my friends and strangers!!

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Brandi Ryans
28 months ago

So much gratitude to everybody! Sweet friends, you guys are making our day mean so much more!

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$10,309 of $10k goal

Raised by 174 people in 28 months
Created May 19, 2014
$100
Anonymous
26 months ago
JL
$10
Jeremy Lazar
26 months ago

Better late than never :)

SS
$10
Stephanie Sanditz
26 months ago

may love always win.

KA
$50
Karl & Ellen Alphonso
26 months ago
JB
$50
Jarrett Blakeley
26 months ago

My sister got married at Rebar and I heard about this. She got married a few months before they shut down, so she got lucky, I guess. So messed up that they did that to people!! Congrats on the wedding!!

SK
$50
Sarah King
26 months ago

Hey brandy have an awesome wedding!!! F*#^=ck rebar or whatever that place was called

BS
$7
Biet Simkin
26 months ago

Yay

$100
Monica Onisick
26 months ago

Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

CR
$100
Charles Ryans
26 months ago

Love u both, best wishes !!!!!!

$10
Anonymous
26 months ago
Brandi Ryans
27 months ago

WOW!! Y'all are really making it happen! We are so humbled and happy, we are so close!! Thanks to everyone for their generosity, support, shares and prayers!!

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Brandi Ryans
28 months ago

We are half way through raising funds and over half way to the goal!! Im so amazed and proud and loved my all my friends and strangers!!

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Brandi Ryans
28 months ago

So much gratitude to everybody! Sweet friends, you guys are making our day mean so much more!

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