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Lending A Hand, Helping A Life

Although it's been a little over a week since our first LHHL event, our hearts remained overwhelmed. It was indeed a blessing to have spent the day serving those in need and bringing smiles to the faces of children. Without a doubt, we have been very fortunate this year and it was our goal to give back in a very special way. In teaming with several other event industry professionals, we were able to bring joy to some very deserving families and in turn, their appreciation brought each of us a monumental happiness.
The luncheon was held at The LOFT at Castleberry Hill. The day began with family portraits by the Christmas tree, taken by Tracey Brown Photography and Evie Perez Photography. Lunch was provided by Heavenly Divine Catering and desserts provided by The Baker's Man, Inc. and The Perfect Wedding Cake. The kids engaged in crafts overseen by Elegant Event Sitters and candy bags were provided by Peachy Treats Candy Buffet Catering. Julius Grimes of KreativTouch Photography was present to capture the great moments of this event. There were many volunteers on hand to make this day even more special by serving as little elves. Those persons included Brian Green of F&G Weddings, Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events, Ashley Baber of Ashley Baber Weddings, Kenya Milligan of Precious Moments by Kenya, Melanie Carter of Lucky and Lovely, Eliana Baucicault of EllyB Events, Annette Thurman of Chaviano Couture, Nicola Horton of Perfect Wedding Guide, Tia Ervin of Milestone Occasions, Tracy Sloan of Tracy Sloan Events, Violaine Diogene of Andre Winfrye Events, Zephanie Curlett of Unique Events and Favors, and Lillian Miller of LT Travel Connection.
(L to R: Nicola, Tish, Eliana, Violaine, Tracy, Kenya, Toni, Tia and Julius in the back)
The day was truly a great success and confirmed for us that the perfect gift is the one that is given.
This season, we encourage you to take the time to lend a hand and help a life.
In the meantime, we'd like to share these awesome photos by Tracey Brown Photography and Evie Perez Photography. All rights reserved.

More to come on this event that touched so many lives.































39 and Holding...

When I woke up this morning, my first thought was to thank God for His incredible mercy and grace. It's the day before my "39 and holding" birthday and I spent some time reflecting on how good God has been to me. This time last year my grandmother, who I love dearly, was near death attempting to recover from triple by-pass surgery. By the grace of God, she did and she just celebrated her 81st year of life! I was thinking, next year I'm going to have a "39 and holding" birthday soiree and celebrate. Hotel ballroom, cocktail attire, band, the works... I have so many stories I could share with you about how God's grace has kept me, but one in particular comes to mind. It was 2002 and my daughter wasn't even a year old yet. I was not feeling well at all. I had been running a fever all day and was worried I would pass something on to Kennedy. I didn't have anyone to come help me take care of her at the time. I was talking to a dear friend and she advised me to go to the emergency room. I didn't want to go because I didn't have any health insurance (I had quit my job in corporate America to pursue my vision to own my business and couldn't afford insurance on my own). Long story short, I ended up in the hospital with meningitis. Thank God I went when I did and they were able to treat it. Fast forward three weeks later when the the bill arrived for thousands of dollars that I could not pay - a sweet lady from the billing department called me and asked me about my financial situation. When I explained it to her she said, don't worry, we have a fund that was created to help people with their bills and we can pay yours in full. (Shout out to the boys in the pit because you know the 'shouting' music is playing!)

This is one of the many reasons why we started Lending a Hand, Helping a Life. There are people that need our help and if we're in a position to help someone we should. You never know when it might be you. April and I have talked about this for years and time just kept passing. We decided we had talked long enough, now it was time to walk the walk. Tomorrow I will celebrate my 39th birthday with many of my friends in the industry (unbeknownst to them because it's not about me, it's about LHHL) who have graciously given of their time, talent and services to serve some less fortunate families in the Atlanta area. We will have lunch, provide them with a few of life's essentials, let them shop for free in the LHHL Closet, give books and toys to the kids for Christmas and share an opportunity to have a family photo taken for their keepsake. I am blessed that someone reached out to help me in the time of need. I believe wholeheartedly that's what God would want us to do in return.

WUW Atlanta Launches Moulin Rouge Style!

Wish Upon a Wedding is the world’s first nonprofit wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances regardless of sexual orientation.  Our organization offers couples a chance to enjoy a very special day, without any thoughts of existing health or other serious issues, while surrounded by their closest family and friends. By celebrating the courage & spirit of these couples, we help create lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come. It is our hope that others facing similar situations will find hope, strength, and the promise of eternal love.

The Atlanta Chapter, led by Brian Green of F&G Weddings, celebrated their launch party Moulin Rouge style at one of Atlanta's newest hot spots, The Mansion Elan. If you missed it, you missed a great party. There was great entertainment provided by an aerialist from Entanglement Circus Troop and a fabulous S'mores Bar by Peachy Treat Candy Buffet Bar.

Many thanks to all of our great sponsors. We certainly look forward to some great Atlanta weddings produced by all of the top vendors in the wedding industry. If you're interested in becoming a wish granter, visit the Wish Upon A Wedding National website. "Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you." Deuteronomy 16:17