Palisade to host The Wedding Pink
Shades of pink often accompany the sunsets that shine over evening weddings at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade.
For one bride, that color will shine for her as a reminder that she survived for this day.
She fought breast cancer with courage and hope in order to fulfill a commitment to her fiance’ to be his wife through the good times and the bad for the rest of her life.
Cancer may have postponed this day, but it will not take away the happiness or the beauty of the bride as she walks down the aisle.
That day is coming soon for Erin Price and Ben Schabert of Alexandria, W. Va., who were selected as 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.
Ungar, a professional photographer, founded Cheryl Ungar Gives, a nonprofit organization that has funded The Wedding Pink for three years as a way to give something special to young breast cancer survivors.
“It just feels so great to give this gift to someone once a year,” Ungar said.
For the past three years, Ungar has selected a different Colorado city to host the wedding. Previous weddings took place in Beaver Creek and Denver.
The happy couple, never having been to Colorado before, got their first glimpse of beautiful Palisade this month as they started the wedding planning process with local vendors.
“We both absolutely just fell in love with it,” Price said, “It is better than we ever could have expected.”
Price said her friends and family, who will travel from across the nation to attend the event, were going to love it. “I just kept thinking about the party and how very special it is going to be,” she said.
Most of the $30,000 wedding is donated to the couple from local businesses such as Abracadabra/Monique’s Bridal who gave Price the perfect wedding dress while Schabert selected tuxes at Men’s Warehouse in Mesa Mall.
“Everyone was going out of their way to be nice and it made me feel very special,” Price said.
Price was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27-years-old. She underwent neoadjuvent chemotherapy losing her hair and suffering from depression. That was followed by a mastectomy with implant reconstruction.
“I told myself that I would not let cancer take something from me, but that I would take something from it. I’ve tried to live up to this promise over the last two years,” Erin said.
Price changed her career and went to work for a nonprofit organization that provides help for adults living with cancer.
Throughout it all, Price said her fiance’ was her rock. “All throughout the many ups and downs of the past two years, Ben has been my constant source of strength and support,” she said.
These stories of love and support are what inspired Ungar to start her nonprofit, Cheryl Ungar Gives and create The Wedding Pink for young breast cancer survivors.
“Launching The Wedding Pink has been one of the most amazing journeys of my life; words cannot describe the feelings I get from organizing these events. Every wedding is as much a gift to me as it is a gift to the couple,” Ungar said.
She thanks the many local vendors and the Wine Country Inn for helping make Price’s dream wedding come true.
More information about The Wedding Pink is available at http://www.cherylungargives.com