Brides Against Breast Cancer – Anaheim

Brides Against Breast Cancer is back in Southern California and they are looking for all Brides, Vendors, and Volunteers interested in participating in their upcoming Charity Bridal Gown Sale.  This is such a wonderful organization and if you’re looking for an awesome gown and a wonderful price, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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Brides you will find some awesome deals on gowns by well-known designers and get to see some of amazing vendors. All of this to support a wonderful cause.   BABC is a non-profit organization is committed to raising over $2 million dollars to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer.   You can find more info at www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org.

Erika’s Elegance Weddings and Events is also a sponsor of this wonderful event and will be hosting a booth.  We hope to see you there!

Take Care,

Erika

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My Passion for Breast Cancer and Brides Against Breast Cancer!

As we embark on the close of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to share with you why I am so passionate about this cause, and what I do to support the ongoing endeavors.

The first time I was ever exposed to Breast Cancer was about 20 years ago when a very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer.  At that time, I really didn’t know what it was and the impact it could potentially have on families.  I thought wow, my friend is so young and she has a husband and a little boy.  I still remember her face, her infectious smile, her bubbly personality even in sickness and her angelic voice that could sing anyone happy.  Jackie lost her battle to cancer and my heart was forever etched with her story.  I didn’t understand why someone so young would have such an ugly disease but I knew all was well with her spirit and soul.

So many of us were hurt after her passing, but time went on and it didn’t hurt as bad.  Over the next few years, cancer would get closer and closer to me.  My dad’s oldest sister Marcella, Aunt Betty, as we affectionately called her was diagnosed with breast cancer and later loss her battle.  The sting was back, it wasn’t time for Aunt Betty to leave the family, BUT again, all was well with her soul.  Then the C word hit my household like a ton of bricks.  My only child was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome which is a rare blood disorder.  Brandon loss his battle May 2003.  After that my grandmother then loss her battle to Leukemia in 2004.  Next my dear friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I can remember when Angel called and told me.  She said Cher (this was her nickname for me) I have breast cancer and I’m scared.  I must admit, I was scared too…my friend loss her battle and that hit me like a ton of bricks too.  After that, I had two lumps removed from my breast, neither of which was cancerous which I was grateful for.  Lastly, my mother’s oldest sister was then diagnosed.  How can this be, both my mother and father’s oldest sisters having breast cancer.  This didn’t make sense to me.  But I am proud to say that Auntie is doing well and has been cancer free.

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So I began to say, what can I do to support this cause and give back to this world???

That’s when Karen, who is such a sweetheart, reached out to me and said, hey I worked with this wonderful organization and thought about you, would you like to join team as the volunteer coordinator.  I  jumped at the idea and have been volunteering every since.  Brides Against Breast Cancer is a non-profit organization is committed to raising over $2 million dollars to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer.

They do this by holding their Nationwide Tour of Gown sale which includes selling new and gently worn gowns at discounted prices.  We just had two shows in the Southern California area and raised over $30K.  As an event planner, how exciting to be able to help plan the events, as well as, working with brides to help them find a dress of their dreams.  It’s been a blast.  I love the BABC team.

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I encourage you to check out more about this wonderful organization here.  If you know anyone in the Southern California area there is a show coming up this weekend.  Would love to see you there.

Thank you for allowing me to share my store.  I wanted to share, not to paint a sad story, but rather to:

  • Honor and remember those who loss their battle, they’ll never be forgotten
  • Celebrate the ones who are fighting daily
  • accomplishments and strides that have been made to fight against this disease

And that, my friend, is why I go so hard for Brides Against Breast Cancer.  In addition, I created a journal in which I donate a portion of the proceeds to support breast cancer.  See more here.

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The fight is still real, I currently have a brave friend, Nicholee fighting the battle and I’m sure you know someone who it has affected.  I encourage you to join the fight to honor those who have lost their fight, to support the ones who are going through the battle and to rejoice with those who overcome!!!

If you know someone who has loss their battle, currently fighting, or have overcome, please share their names and their story if you feel led to, so we can rejoice, celebrate and honor with you!

Take care and stay tuned for pictures from this weekend’s Bride’s Against Breast Cancer’s big event.

Erika

Spreading the Word

Having an awesome time at the Premier Bridal Show at the Hyatt in Westlake.  Out here promoting our upcoming Brides Against Breast Cancer Nationwide Tour of Gown Sale in Whittier.

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I decided to wear pink lipstick to go with the breast cancer theme.

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Check out the beautiful Alfred Angelo gown that decorated our table.  One of the many wonderful gowns you’ll find at the upcoming show in Whittier.

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Our booth was right at the forefront of all the happenings.

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And we got to meet this beauty with her gold glittered painted hooves from Enchanted Carriages.  How fun!!!

I love supporting the cause any way I can and look forward to our upcoming Whittier event.  You don’t want to miss it!

Take Care,
Erika

On The Move…BABC Tour of Gown Sale – Anaheim

My motto’s this year will be “Going Hard” and “Busy as a Bee.”

I have been hitting the streets over the past few weeks meeting with many wonderful clients, vendors and friends, and I must admit, I am having a ball. I love people and who wouldn’t enjoy spending time connecting. I will share with you some of my adventures over the next few weeks. We just spent a fabulous weekend at the Brides Against Breast Cancer Tour of Gown Sale held at the fabulous Anaheim Marriott Suites in Garden Grove, CA. We had many wonderful brides, vendors and the volunteers where awesome.

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Brides Against Breast Cancer is a non-profit organization committed to raising over $2 million dollars this upcoming year to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer. I volunteer as the LA City Coordinator and I love being a part of this wonderful organization.

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We begin the weekend with a VIP event which allows the brides to mingle with vendors and then we do the gown unveiling.  It is full of excitement and it is a blast seeing the brides whisk off to the gowns once the wall is pulled back.  You better get out of the way!!!

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I also got to meet and work with some wonderful vendors.  This is always an awesome part of the day, because the vendors help set the atmosphere for the day!

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Also I had a few members of my team helping with our booth for this weekend’s event.    This show I used the peacock them.  I love anything peacock.  I designed and created the peacock floral arrangement and invitation specifically for this event.

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This weekend 15 brides said yes to the perfect dress! Whoohoo!!!

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There’s nothing like assisting a bride with finding that perfect gown and seeing her face light up when she knows that it’s the one.  One event down and now it’s time to embark on the next adventure. Bring it on!

Take Care,
Erika

On the Move…

I am passionate about many things, my faith, my family and friends, and my business. I love planning, managing, and creating event spaces for my clients. There is nothing like seeing the smile on a person’s face when you’ve captured the essence of their vision.

Another cause that I’m passionate about is cancer, specifically Leukemia and Breast Cancer, which is why I volunteer as the LA City Coordinator with a wonderful organization called Brides Against Breast Cancer.

BABC is a non-profit organization committed to raising over $2 million dollars this upcoming year to fund free support services to anyone impacted by cancer. This is made possible by BABC’s Nationwide Tour of Gown sale which has over 700 designer wedding gowns, new and gently used available for purchase with savings up to 85%. You can find more about BABC at www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/

I have been volunteering for a little over a year and it has been so rewarding. Our next event is February 21st and 22nd at the Marriot – Garden Grove. I viewed the facility the other day at it is simply fabulous. The VIP hour will be on the top floor and has a direct view to Disneyland. A wonderful view in the summertime when Disney has their firework show.

If you would like to attend this event, please Register here!

Tour of Gown Bridal Gown Sale
Tour of Gown Bridal Gown Sale

If you want to stay updated on the upcoming events please like my Facebook page.

Take Care,
Erika