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Win £150 Dry Cleaning Vouchers with your Wedding Selfie

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If you’re due to be attending a wedding this summer, either as a bride or groom, guest, member of the bridal party, or supplier, we’d like to see your wedding selfies! By sending a selfie and donating just £2 to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation you can help another couple’s wedding dreams to come true – it really is that simple.

As an extra incentive, Johnsons the Cleaners are offering one lucky winner the chance to receive £150 worth of dry cleaning vouchers – that’ll certainly help towards the cost of cleaning your wedding outfit afterwards! To donate, please text ‘WISH09 £2′ to 70070. Pictures can be shared via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using the hashtag #wedwishselfie. Those who use the hashtag will be entered into Johnsons’ competition – you have to be in it to win it!

Here are a few selfies that we’ve received so far – gorgeous!

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For more information please click here.

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Naomi and the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List

At the end of May we were thrilled to announce that our very own Naomi had made the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List – a collection of those who inspire, amaze, and spread a little happiness each and every single day. While it was no surprise to us that Naomi had made the list, it is fantastic to have such a prestigious publication recognise the work that she does – and we couldn’t be prouder!
The 26th June 2014 saw an event hosted in honour of each and every person named on the Happy List, and Naomi travelled to London with husband Graham to enjoy an evening of networking, bubbly and canapés. Held at Grange St. Paul’s Hotel the evening started dramatically, as the couple’s car broke down en route!
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“The evening didn’t start as planned – to say the least!” Naomi explains. “We ended up abandoning the car and hot footing it the rest of the way by train. To say we were frazzled is an understatement! I must have looked a right sight travelling on the Tube in my cocktail dress and trainers. Although a little late, we finally made it, though, and had a lovely evening in the end.”
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Several hours of networking ensued, as Naomi met some of the other inspirational people on the list.
“I met the editor of The Independent, and also a lovely gentleman who unfortunately had no arms, or legs – he was so full of life, though. Meeting the other people on the Happy List was a humbling experience, everyone was so deserving of being in that room – I felt blessed to be counted amongst them.”
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If you’d like to be inspired, a link to the original article can be found here. Prepare to be amazed.
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Say, “Cheese”, and raise a bundle for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

As the wedding season enters its peak, the chances are you’ll have been invited to at least one wedding this year, or will be taking part in several upcoming nuptials as a supplier. If so, we want to hear from you – introducing The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’s ‘Summer of the Wedding Selfie’, launched in collaboration with Johnsons the Cleaners.

The ‘selfie’ has played a massive role in fundraising circles this year so far. The trend of the ‘No make up selfie’ raised a staggering £8million for Cancer research in just six days back in March, while the more recent ‘Thumbs up for Stephen’ campaign helped the inspirational teenager to raise more than £4million for the Teen Cancer Trust.

We loved seeing so many selfies raising money for such worthwhile causes, and would like to encourage you all to keep on snapping – say, “Cheese!” Whatever your role in the upcoming nuptials, be it as the bride or groom, as a bridesmaid or groomsman, vicar, guest, or supplier, we can’t wait to see your selfie; the funnier they are, the better! Perhaps you’d like to involve a whole group of people, a la Ellen’s Oscar Selfie, or are a gentleman keen to don a wedding dress of your own; the sky’s the limit!

How will my selfie help The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation?

We hope that your Wedding Selfies will help to raise much-needed awareness of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation; let’s get sharing! We are also asking that you make a small donation of just £2 along with every selfie submitted. It may not seem much, but can you imagine how much we could raise if every guest at a wedding sent their selfie and donated £2? Your donation will help a couple affected by a terminal, or life-limiting, illness to experience the wedding day of their dreams. It really will make all the difference as they start a new chapter of their lives together.

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Having recently renewed her wedding vows, our very own Naomi would like to kick start the campaign with her own Wedding Selfie; what a gorgeous couple, and a very cheeky Devon in the background! Feeling inspired yet? Then get out there with your camera and enjoy the day!

Here are a few more wedding selfies to inspire you…

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I’ve taken my selfie – what should I do now?

You can send your selfie to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #wedwishselfie. To donate, please text ‘WISH09 £2′ to 70070.

We’d love for the Wedding Selfie to spread far and wide this summer. Once you’ve taken yours, why not share it with Facebook or Twitter to encourage friends, family, or even celebrities to follow suit? We can’t wait to see your pictures!

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Calling all divas and homebodies; Come on an adventure for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

Are you a little too fond of your home comforts? Would you like to escape into the wilderness and learn some new skills? Do you fancy raising lots of money for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation while leaving the confines of your comfort zone? Then we may just have the perfect challenge for you…

At The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation HQ we are constantly looking for new and exciting ways for our supporters to raise money. Introducing ’24 Hours in the Wild’, one of Adventure 360 UK’s most popular adventure courses. Teaching basic survival skills including shelter building and fire starting, as well as axe and knife work, foraging, stalking animals and trapping, and night navigation, the course is designed to test participants to their limits for 24 hours – there are no home comforts under the stars, so be sure to build a waterproof shelter!

 ’24 Hours in the Wild’ will be held right in the heart of Dartmoor; participants will be able to escape from it all while learning some key survival skills and raising much-needed funds for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. Adventure 360 UK lays on a fantastic camp, which features a continuous fire and plenty of seating. All food will be provided by the course leaders – even nibbles – so don’t worry if your stalking isn’t quite up to scratch…

It costs just £125 per person to be enrolled on one of Adventure 360 UK’s ’24 Hours in the Wild’ courses, although this will be refunded should a minimum sponsorship amount of £500 be raised. Participants must raise a minimum of £100 in order to be eligible for the course.

For more information please email info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk, or visit Adventure 360 UK’s website. The courses will be taking place between 28th-29th June and 19th-20th July. There are just 12 spaces available on the ’24 Hours in the Wild’ course, so be sure to book on quickly.

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On your bike: London to Brighton

Following on from the success of the Alcoa in Motion Family Bike Ride, The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation is already looking towards its next cycling adventure – how about a ‘leisurely’ ride from London to Brighton on 7th September?!

Participants will start on Clapham Common in South London and travel through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, and Haywards Heath, before finishing a staggering 54 miles later in Brighton. No previous cycle experience is required, although organisers have highly recommended that preparation and training be undertaken. The emphasis of the event is upon taking part and raising money, and we hope that everyone has as much fun as the team did on their recent venture.

Registration for the event costs just £35. All participants must pledge to raise at least £100 for their chosen charity, although there is no upper limit!

For more information please click here, or email Naomi and the team on info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk.

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Thank you to the Broad Street Belles and Blokes!

We recently received notification that The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation has been chosen as the charity of choice by The Broad Street Belles and Blokes, two fantastic charity calendars featuring the current and ex-staff, regulars and locals of The Squire Inn, Chipping Sodbury. These cheeky calendars do absolute wonders for the charities they support, as well as being a fantastic way of keeping your year in check.

We appreciate their pledge of help and can’t wait to see 2015’s offerings!

To find out more visit The Broad Street Belles and The Broad Street Blokes Facebook pages.

The Squire Inn, Chipping Sodbury.

 

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Tropic Pamper Evening Update

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The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation is delighted to have been chosen as the designated charity for this fabulous event, which is being held on Sunday 29th June 2014 between 11am 2pm at 55 Rosebarn Lane, Exeter.

Designed to pamper guests in every way possible the event will feature mini facials, mini makeovers, hand treatments, raffles, giveaways, gifts, and discounts, eyebrow and lash demonstrations. This is a fantastic opportunity to be well and truly spoiled while trying out (and perhaps buying) some fantastic organic and cruelty-free products.

The first fifteen visitors to the event will receive a free Tropic Goody Bag, as will anyone who places an order on the day, while a free welcome drink and cupcake awaits all guests – you won’t want to miss out!

There will be a small entry fee of £3 for the event, which will include entry to the raffle. All proceeds are to be donated to deserving local charity The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. The event will also feature an auction and sealed bid competition, providing the opportunity to win some amazing prizes. Additional raffle tickets will be priced at just £2 per strip.

Please see the event’s Facebook Page for more information, including address details.

Raffle Donations

Organiser Jemma Harrison is currently in search of some fantastic raffle donations. If you have the perfect prize, or would be able to donate a cake or sweet treat for sale on the day, please contact Jemma on 07747848140.

There will also be the opportunity to donate your wedding dress, accessories, bridesmaid outfits or other wedding-related items on the day. Simply bring your items along.

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A very special donation

We would like to take a moment to introduce you to a very special bride.

Kimberly Smart is 26 years old, and was born and raised in the USA. She recently married her soul mate, Jeff, and has very generously decided to donate her stunning gown to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. We were floored by her kindness, particularly as her dress will have to travel so far before it can change another bride’s life; thank you, Kimberly! We understand how difficult it can be to part with something such as a wedding dress, but your donation really will make all the difference to one of the Foundation’s special couples.

We’ll let Kimberly tell you a little bit about herself, the groom, Jeff, their wedding, and THAT dress;

LOVE AND JEFF: I met Jeff when I was 17 years old. We both agree now that it was not love at first sight! Sure, we were attracted to one another and enjoyed each other’s company; we talked, laughed, shared similar interests, and clicked immediately. However I believe that true love grows very slowly. Love is not lust; it doesn’t happen right away and it is far from perfect. Love is not just physical attraction, or an ‘idea’ of what love is. It is something that grows over a lifetime; a mutual respect and admiration for the other person after you’ve been through it all. Love is what happens when you put another’s happiness before your own – and mean it. I found this in Jeff, and continue to find it in him every day, even after 8 years of being together – and now being married. Jeff is my best friend and I have no doubt in my mind that he is my soul mate. He is the most caring, good-hearted, and hilarious person I know, and I know that he loves me just the same.

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OUR ENGAGEMENT: Jeff and I got engaged after 6 1/2 years of being together. The one thing that we promised each other was to not change who we are or how our relationship is, and we vowed the same as we got married. We promised that we would make marriage our own, never putting expectations ahead of ourselves, or comparing ours to anyone else’s relationship. After all it is OUR marriage and, above all, OUR love.

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OUR WEDDING: Our wedding was more than we could ever have dreamed of. We had 179 guests and got married at a private country club in Nashua, New Hampshire, with the best DJ, photographer, food, and cake in the world!! It was my dream wedding. What made it even better? The love in that room was like no other; all of the guests at our wedding said that they could feel the love that Jeff and I share, as well as the love our family and friends have for us.  I will never forget the all-encompassing feeling of LOVE in that room. It leaves a lasting warmness on your heart. We have my parents to thank for giving us this perfect day.

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MY DRESS: My dress was part of my body. It hugged me in every way, and I felt like a BRIDE! With my veil, shoes, and bouquet, it was everything I could have ever hoped for as a little girl growing up. I felt incredible, gorgeous, and comfortable! I did not have to keep pulling it up or adjusting it all night; I could dance and enjoy my wedding without worrying about it. In fact, I did not take it off until 4:30am!

My hope and wish is that every single person finds their soul mate. We were so lucky to be healthy, and to be able to have had this incredible wedding; I want nothing more than for another bride to feel what I felt in this dress. Another woman might not have the same circumstances as me when she marries, but every woman deserves her perfect day. I truly hope that this dress plays a part in giving her all of this.

To the special bride who receives this dress, or is able to have the wedding of her dreams because of my donation – ENJOY EVERY SECOND. The best advice I received from other brides was to make sure I pulled my new husband aside for one minute periodically throughout the night, in order to look around and soak in our wedding.  Don’t let your wedding go by too fast (it always does); You deserve all of the happiness in the world!

Sending love and best wishes from the USA,

Kimberly”

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Donate your dress

If you are married and still have your wedding dress taking up space in your wardrobe or loft, please consider donating it to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, just as Kimberly has done. While we appreciate that it can be hard to part with something as valuable – both sentimentally and financially – as a wedding dress, you really can make all the difference to a couple affected by terminal illness. Working alongside Johnsons the Cleaners we have collected hundreds of bridal gowns, not to mention pairs of shoes, bridesmaids’ dresses, accessories, and suits; all with the aim of raising funds so that a couple’s dream wedding day becomes their reality. Items are either used directly by our couples, or are sold on to fund our weddings; there are no limits to the ways in which you can help us.

To donate your dress, shoes, accessories, bridesmaid or mother of the bride outfits, or suits, please pop into your local branch of Johnsons the Cleaners; they will even dry clean your items before passing them on to us.

Those who live locally can organise to have their dress collected. Please email info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk to find out more.

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Events, Naomi ~ The Founder, Our Weddings

Happy Anniversary, Mr and Mrs Thomas

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We would like to take this opportunity to wish Naomi and her husband, Graham, a very happy second wedding anniversary. You both deserve so much love and happiness; your relationship is a true inspiration, and you have a connection that is to be admired and envied, despite everything that life has thrown at you. Yours is a true love that will last forever. x

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Naomi and Graham celebrated their wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows, as they have done every year since their very special day.

Naomi says, “We have absolutely no idea how long I have left, and so it is important for us to celebrate every year that passes. Renewing our vows feels like we are getting married all over again, and reminds us just important our wedding day was to us. We always write our own vows, reminding each other of everything that we’re grateful for. Despite it all, I feel so, so lucky to be here, and to have an amazing husband and son.”

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Naomi and Graham’s vow renewal was hosted at the gorgeous Deer Park Country House Hotel in Honiton, Devon, which also laid on a toast and canapés for the occasion.

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The couple’s son, Devon, proudly walked his Mum down the aisle.

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Naomi’s dress and veil were provided by The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’s Wedding Outfit Amnesty Collection, details of which can be found here. Her hair and make-up was done by Tracy Pallari Hair and Make-up; doesn’t she look absolutely stunning?!

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Naomi’s beautiful bouquet was supplied by Pumpkin and Pye of Exeter.

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Following their vow renewal, Graham and Naomi made their way to The Harbour Hotel in Salcombe for a romantic mini-moon – a perfect end to their beautiful day, complete with some very special little extras!

Naomi and Graham would like to thank everybody that made their anniversary so special and memorable. There are no words to express their gratitude.

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A gallery of stunning pictures taken by the talented Tara Statton Photography can be found here; prepare to be blown away. A video of the occasion, shot by Daisy Daisy Films, can be found here.

No Ordinary Wedding Planner

As a bonus anniversary gift, Naomi’s new book, No Ordinary Wedding Planner, was scheduled for release on the couple’s anniversary. The book tells the story of the couple’s love and strength through adversity, so it seems only right that it should be there to help them make the years count. You can share Naomi and Graham’s story by purchasing the e-book here.

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No Ordinary Wedding Planner; A phenomenal response

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It is just under a week since our very own Naomi Thomas added ‘published author’ to her repertoire, and already No Ordinary Wedding Planner is inspiring readers from across the country – and further afield.

Reviews

Released a little under a week ago, No Ordinary Wedding Planner is already receiving some fantastic reviews from those who have read the book and been inspired by Naomi’s story. All of the feedback left on Amazon can be found here and here – just look at those five star reviews! We have gathered a small selection of the reviews for you below; they are a true testament to Naomi’s inspirational attitude, tireless hard work, and strength of character, not to mention her humour and way with words!

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Very uplifting and inspirationalMakes you realise that things are sometimes not as black as they are painted and things happen for a reason. I was diagnosed with the BRCA gene at 42 and had my breasts removed, I was devastated and since then most have my family have also got the gene including 2 of my children. But now I realise that we are the lucky ones and have been given a second chance. Good luck with your charity and hope you have many more years with your lovely family making memories x

I couldn’t put it downWell, I read this book in one evening, a truly captivating, emotional read. Naomi is inspirational and although I was diagnosed with a different type of cancer, the book has made me look far more positively at life and be thankful everyday. Thank you Naomi for sharing your story.”

An inspiring bookAn amazing, inspiring book. Naomi has a massive heart and despite her illness, she still works hard to make other peoples dreams come true. Thank-you for helping my dreams come true. The sad circumstances don’t change the fact that I’m now married to the man I love and you helped with that.”

Restores your faith in humanity, love and selflessness!Wow, what can I say?! This story made me smile, made me cry, gave me goosebumps and inspired me! What a truly remarkable woman you are Naomi and sounds like Graham is one in a million too. If you want to be inspired and have some faith restored in love, humanity and selflessness, then this is a must read!!!!”

Naomi captures the heart of a nation

Never one to sit back and relax, Naomi has been subject to a barrage of local and national press in the week since No Ordinary Wedding Planner was released. It has been fantastic to have the support of the media, both locally and across the UK; you can catch up with the articles dedicated to Naomi here: Daily Mail, and Female First, while our inspirational founder has also been busy on screen and air: ITV West Country, Taunton’s Tone FM, BBC Radio Somerset.

Keep your eyes peeled on The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’s Facebook Page; more appearances and articles will be announced in due course.

Support No Ordinary Wedding Planner

If you have yet to buy a copy of Naomi’s book, please do so here. If you have purchased, and read, No Ordinary Wedding Planner then please be sure to leave a review; there is a real possibility of a longer version being published in book format if the e-book receives enough positive feedback. Please help Naomi’s dream to be realised.