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Time To Embellish - A Fashion Fundraiser.

We're so excited to share with you all that Once Upon A Time Weddings will be doing a fashion fundraiser again!!  This time we'll be working to give local kids from lower income families a summer camp experience!  The fundraiser will be a fashion show with the latest in casual and formal wear.  It will be held on Friday, October 21st at the Seniors Centre in Strathroy.  WE CAN'T WAIT!!! 

Tickets will be on sale this summer!  We'll keep you posted!! Also, we're going to need models that wear pant size 4-16.  So shoot us an email to info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca if you're interested in walking the runway!  

Be Beautiful!!

Erin Bouchard

Happy Long Weekend!

It's the first long weekend of the summer!!  My kids are so excited to head to the beach on Monday, they have waited so long for a beach day!  What are your plans?  Enjoy a beauty of a weekend.  

I wanted to share a couple of things with you before I head into weekend mode!!  

First of all, if you've purchased a wedding gown from us, could you spend two minutes filling out a SurveyMonkey for us?  We have some big plans potentially in the works and would love your feedback as we move forward with them.  To thank you for your help, we'll choose two of you randomly to receive a $75 visa gift card!!  Here's the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YYF7SH2

Second, we've got an AMAZING fundraiser in the works.  Can't share too much yet, but save Friday, October 21st for a night of fashion, fun & champagne.  We're finalizing details this week and as soon as we do, we'll let you all in on the details!!

Whose got wedding or shower plans going on this weekend?  Share with us what you are up to!!  Enjoy!!

 

A Look Back At Our Funding Through Fashion Event.

Tears of happiness and sadness sprung to my eyes as I flipped through photographs of our amazing event, Funding Through Fashion For The Cure that took place on Monday, November 19th at the Gemini Sportsplex.

In case you are not familiar with the event, the staff of Once Upon A Time Weddings put together a little fashion show to raise money for breast cancer.  Most of the proceeds went to help out Lisa Cornish and her family.  Lisa is a beautiful, young woman fighting a heroic fight against an aggressive breast cancer.  Before Lisa's fight is over she will face six months of chemotherapy and six months of radiation and multiple surgeries.  Lisa courage and faith in the odds of such sickness and hardship is a testimony and encouragement to so many people.  While preparing and running this event, my staff repeated said to me, "Erin you couldn't have picked a better person to do this fundraiser for."  Even in the midst of her chemotherapy, Lisa was right there alongside our staff helping prepare for the event.

Although the chemo and radiation is covered by OHIP, anyone who has fought this battle knows that the additional drug costs and expenses can add up quickly.  In order for Lisa to stay healthy and avoid blood transfusions and constant hospital visits for infections, she requires an injection after each treatment.  This medication is not covered by OHIP and costs roughly $2600 every three weeks.  My personal goal is running this fundraiser was to raise enough money to help with one of those injections.  And I'm happy to say that through so many people's generousity and support of this event, we were able to donate $3000 to Lisa and her family.

The evening consisted of fashion from Giant Tiger, Once Upon A Time Weddings, Star is Born & Bud Gowan Formal Wear.   Pictured below are some fashions from Giant Tiger, who has a wide range of clothing from women's to men's and baby to teens.  Giant Tiger is located at 360 Caradoc St. South in Strathroy or online at www.gianttiger.com.  We really appreciated having Giant Tiger's support for this fundraiser.

A huge thank you to Rebecca Nash of Rebecca Nash Photography (www.rebeccanashphotography.com) for attending the event and capturing all the moments of the event.  Rebecca is your London, Ontario Wedding, Portrait, and Fine Art Photographer based out of her home studio in London.  Rebecca can be contacted through her website or on her facebook fan page www.facebook.com/rebeccanashphotography.

A huge thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated of their time, resources and gifts to our silent auction.  We appreciate all your love & support.  A big thank you to all of our gorgeous models as well.  An event like this couldn't come together without the help and effort of so many people - so thank you to all those involved.  Thank you also to those from far away and close by who couldn't attent the event, but purchased tickets to show their support.

To see more photographs from the event please visit Rebecca Nash Photography's page here https://www.facebook.com/#!/rebeccanashphotography/photos_stream.

 

 

Funding Through Fashion For The Cure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqgqihBGhZg&feature=colike When owner Erin Bouchard opened Once Upon A Time Weddings over two years ago she believed that dreams can come trueShe knew this because she was watching her lifelong aspirations unravel as the pieces of opening her store came together. Over the past two years it has been a pleasure and delight to help literally hundreds of women realize their own dreams as they walk down the aisle, watch their son or daughter get married, or attend an important life event like graduation or prom.

But Lisa Cornish only has one dream – to beat the breast cancer that has spread through her body and to help young women learn the importance of early detection. Lisa first discovered she had breast cancer at the beginning of May 2012. Faced with hard decisions, and after two surgeries in Saskatchewan, Lisa together with her husband made the choice to relocate with their two young children to Ontario to be near family as she truly began her fight. After arriving in Ontario they soon discovered that the breast cancer was more advanced than they had originally thought and that she would have to endure six months of chemotherapy, followed by more surgery and then 35 rounds of radiation. Lisa’s courage and determination when faced by these obstacles and challenges has encouraged many around her. Although the chemo and radiation is covered by OHIP, anyone who has fought this battle knows that the additional drug costs and expenses can add up quickly. Making the difficult decision to move meant a decrease in income for Lisa’s husband. In order for Lisa to stay healthy and avoid blood transfusions and constant hospital visits for infections, she requires an injection after each treatment.  This medication is not covered by OHIP and costs roughly $2600 every three weeks.

We wanted to take a few minutes to get to know Lisa and her family as we support her and rally around her during this fight.  So blogger extraordinaire, Dana Heffler came up with some questions for Lisa to answer to help us get to know her better.

What would you say has been your biggest ‘day-to-day’ challenge since your diagnoses?

Having two young children has meant that no matter how I feel physically or emotionally, it’s difficult but important to me that I put one foot in front of the other each day and focus on things that I am thankful for.

What or who has been your biggest motivation throughout your battle?

I feel like I have an army of incredible family and friends around me (near and far ~Saskatchewan, B.C., Ontario...) whom have supported me with their words and their faithful prayers since day one. Knowing that that many people care has given me motivation to fight on my difficult days.

Of course, many aspects of daily life change when you are sick and sadly so many of us take these things for granted. Are there any activities or past-times you still are able to enjoy and share with your family that you cherish even more now?

Two weeks after chemotherapy I am strong enough and able to play with my kids again. I don’t think i’ll ever take things like singing songs, going for walks, or tucking them into bed for granted ever again.

Is there anything you hope your story will show others who are fighting or those who have struggled in the past?

People are constantly telling me how strong I am and how positive I am, and I truly want people to know that without God, I am very weak.  There are days when the pain feels like too much to handle and I get so discouraged, but with a simple prayer, calling out for help, I am able to make it through.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13

He (God) cares so much about even me that He holds me, gives me the most incredible peace, and sustains me, during my toughest times. I want everyone to know that and experience it for themselves.

What would you tell women who think they are ‘too young’ to be screened, or anybody who doesn’t feel the need to be proactive in monitoring their health early on?

I was told as soon as I found the lump in my breast ‘not to worry’, ‘you’re too young’. Although women are being diagnosed at earlier ages, doctors are still sending young women with lumps home from breast exams and telling them to ‘come back in 6 months’. If I would have waited 6 months my cancer would have had that much more time to travel through my lymphatic system and metastasize larger elsewhere.  Your chances of less invasive surgery and even survival are far more likely the earlier you detect and remove a lump. Further exploration is ALWAYS needed and it is unfortunately up to the patient to advocate for their own health.

Throughout your battle, you’ve not only shown your loved ones your strength and determination, but our community. Your courage is truly inspiring.  What do you most hope this fundraiser will do?

*Bring others hope and education.

*Send men and women out urging their friends to get checked.

*Encourage women that are in the midst of fighting their battle!

When Erin Bouchard first learned of the additional expenses Lisa was facing she knew she had to help out.  So the idea to do a fashion fundraiser was born.  “I knew that if there was a way to use my dreams and passions to help someone in need at such a crucial time in their life I just had to do it.”  The event, Funding Through Fashion For the Cure will take place on Monday, November 19th at 6:30PM at the Gemini Sportsplex Wescast Room in Strathroy.  Tickets are on sale for $15 each or two for $25 and can be purchased from Once Upon A Time Weddings or online at www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca/fashionfundraiser.  The evening will feature fashions from Giant Tiger, Once Upon A Time Weddings, Bud Gowan Formal Wear & A Star is Born Children’s Wear.  There will also be a silent auction with the proceeds to the Cornish Family.  Through this experience, Lisa has become passionate about educating women on the importance of early detection and having regular mammograms and so a portion of the funds raised will also be donated to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation for new mammography equipment.  For more information about this event please call Once Upon A Time Weddings at 519.245.7997 or visit our website at www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca.