The Wedding Pink: ‘It was just the perfect day’

CHERYL UNGAR/Special to the Sentinel Erin and Ben Schabert were married May 4 in The Wedding PInk at Wine Country Inn in Palisade. The Wedding Pink is an annual wedding giveaway package created by breast cancer survivor Cheryl Ungar of Denver. Erin Schabert, 30, has been cancer-free for two years after a diagnosis of breast cancer at age 27.

Newlyweds Ben and Erin Schabert keep stealing glances at each other, shaking their heads and saying, “Wow, this has just been so amazing.”

The Schaberts, who were enjoying their honeymoon in Glenwood Springs last week, were the recipients of this year’s The Wedding Pink, an annual wedding giveaway package created by 21-year breast cancer survivor, Cheryl Ungar of Denver.

Each year, the Colorado destination wedding is given to a young breast cancer survivor such as 30-year-old Erin. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27 and has been cancer free for two years.

The Schaberts’ wedding was hosted by the Wine Country Inn in Palisade on May 4.

“It was just the perfect day. I’m still just over the moon about it,” Erin said.

Wedding planners Sheryl and Rachel Fisher of Shimmer Events and Design donated their time and perfected the shabby chic wedding décor Erin loved.

The ceremony took place in the inn’s outdoor gazebo and was followed by a reception that included a full-course dinner, Palisade wines, candy bar, photo booth and dancing.

Most of the couple’s 50 guests live on the East Coast and were blown away by the beauty of the Palisade area, the elegant wine and food and the overall cordiality of the inn’s staff, Erin said.

“They kept saying that this was one of the best weddings they’ve ever been to,” she said.

Ungar, a professional photographer, appreciated the area’s natural beauty that was so conducive to stunning photography.

“The covered porches, the colors of the Bookcliffs, everything was just great,” she said.

Most of the estimated $30,000 wedding was donated to the couple from local businesses. “The local vendors were simply amazing,” Ungar said, “We were so well-received that I am considering coming back in the future.”

Next year’s The Wedding Pink will take place at Crooked Willow Farms in Larkspur. Nominations for a couple to receive that wedding will open in August at

View a photo gallery of the wedding at


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