This past year we were touched by a story of a local young man who has been battling brain cancer for 16 years. He recently proposed to his high school sweetheart, Jackie, who has been his rock through each up and down through Scottie's battle for life. "She's loved me through chemo, through surgeries:she's loved me for who I am, regardless of the fact that I have cancer," Scottie told us in a recent interview.
As soon as we met Jackie and Scottie, we fell in love with them and their story, and wanted to do everything in our power to help them - help them have the wedding day of their dreams - help them with the financial burden of planning a wedding.
Our company, Better Half Weddings & Events, Inc. decided to team up with Jackie and Scottie, offering our wedding planning services for free. Beyond that, we've vowed to help them find other local wedding professionals who would be interested in donating their services at no cost as well. The average wedding cost in South Florida is almost $35,000: After sharing their story through our social media, other vendors were as touched by their story as we were, and jumped on board to make this wedding dream a reality. Good portions of the wedding components have been covered, however, there are still many categories that need to be filled...where we need donations to make this wedding possible. They have faced enough financial burdens through all of Scottie's treatments.
Jackie & Scottie are set to say "I DO" March 2013. This is where we need YOUR help! We are trying to spread the word across South Florida & BEYOND to not only gain donations from local wedding professionals, but also monetary contributions. There are many aspects that go into planning a wedding, so donations will fuel our goal of providing everything at no cost to the couple. We have set up a Wells Fargo bank account anyone can donate into [which I would be happy to provide more information when appropriate], and a donation email account [[email redacted]], anyone can use to write us with questions or comments. We would be overjoyed if you were touched by this story enough to donate!!!
We created the following video to help spread the word about Jackie and Scottie's story, as well as this wedding planning project, so would be thrilled if you could take the time to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bahjMn5xK90. (Grab a tissue first!!)
Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this, & we can't thank you enough for your generosity.