David Gorden and his bride Maureen
Apr. 1, 2014 PLYMOUTH EAGLE.
Wish comes true for disabled couple
One Canton Township couple realized a dream they thought would never come true thanks to a national group dedicated to providing free wedding services for those in special circumstances.
“We’ve been together for 20 years and I have always wanted to marry her but I could never make it a reality,” said David Gorden, who recently married the love of his life, Maureen. “My bride and I have disabilities and because of the way entitlements are set up, we were always in fear of losing them so we never got married.”
One night he was watching TV and saw a story about an organization called “Wish Upon a Wedding,” (http://wishuponawedding.org/ ) a non-profit organization that donates wedding services to people who need help due to unusual life circumstances. Gorden said he quickly got on the computer and sent an e-mail.
“I contacted them secretly and filled out an application and the rest is history, before I knew it, I was planning a wedding without Maureen even knowing it!” As the date grew closer and more people got involved, the secret was let out of the bag and the prospective bride found out.
“I could not believe it! I could not stop smiling! I still can’t believe it happened,” she said.
Everything from start to finish was donated, the dress, the hall, the food, entertainment, photographer, and all the other necessities for a perfect wedding.
“They definitely made our dream come true,” said Gorden.
The couple had a “commitment ceremony” so they will not be in jeopardy of losing Social Security benefits. David and Maureen are supported by Community Living Services, a non-profit organization serving and supporting over 4,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CLS is funded through the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. For more information, visit www.comlivserv.com
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