In 2007, Heather Giles and her 3-year-old daughter packed up their home in New England and moved across the country to Las Vegas — where she hoped her luck would change.
She needed to be near her mother, who was battling terminal cancer, but Heather’s brother had just been deployed to serve in Iraq, leaving her alone, confused and panicky.
Then one fateful day Heather met Chris, and from that moment she knew that he was the real reason she had come to Las Vegas.
Although not married to Heather, Chris remained by her side during the most difficult times. He assumed the responsibility of becoming a father to her daughter, and when Heather’s mother passed away he was there to pick up the pieces.
But this couple, it seemed, had yet to be truly challenged. Four months after moving to Portland, Ore., Heather was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. Doctors discovered the cancer had metastasized to her bones and lungs and recommended immediate treatment — despite a grim prognosis.
With her idea of “future” turned completely around, Heather grabbed hold of the present and sought out the wedding of her dreams alongside the man who changed her life.
She wanted to celebrate Chris’ unwavering love for her and her daughter, without drama, without stress, without heartache.
The couple contacted Wish Upon a Wedding, a nationwide organization that provides weddings and vow renewals at no cost to couples who are facing a terminal or life-threatening illness. Founded in 2010, the 13 chapters of the organization have granted the wishes of nearly 60 couples nationwide.
The closest Wish Upon a Wedding chapter was in Northern California, and the volunteers there organized a dream wedding at Holman Ranch, one of the group’s newest Wish Granters.
A legion of volunteers, along with additional Carmel-area Wish Granters from Paradise Catering, Sweet Lauren Cakes, Classic Party Rentals, and wedding planner Shana Goldberg of Simcha Sisters, helped spread joy into the inspiring, yet tearful love story of Heather and Chris. A total of 38 guests attended the stunning Holman Ranch ceremony.
What’s more, Inspire Film Studios provided photography, and videography, and produced a professionally edited movie of the fairytale wedding at Holman Ranch. View the movie here:
The soundtrack for the movie features the song “Perfect Day” by Holley Maher, which includes the following lyrics:
From the top of the sky to the dirt under my feet
With all of my heart, I know I’m where I should be
I’ll follow the stars, follow the stars with you
This is the perfect day
I wanna make it last forever