Leslie & Daniel’s Make-A-Wish Wedding!


Last week I had the privilege of creating a beautiful wedding for the most amazing and inspiring bride I’ve met in all my years of event planning. Leslie is a lovely young woman from Murietta, CA who met the love of her life, Daniel, just over a year ago while working together for an anti-racism group at their high school.

In April, at the young age of 17, Leslie was diagnosed with Leukemia. She was able to graduate from high school in May, but spent the summer in and out of hospitals battling her disease. Daniel stuck by her the whole time, loyally supporting her throughout her struggles, pain, and tears!

When Leslie was referred to Make-A-Wish this Fall, she immediately knew what her wish would be: to marry her best friend, Daniel, in an event personally designed by me! It was an honor for her to ask me to be involved in this, and of course I said yes!

With the dire state of Leslie’s health, my team and I dove right in to put together this amazing event. Leslie dreamed of a natural wedding inspired by the one featured in Twilight, full of cream and blush florals with accents of wood and moss but, of course, with some signature David Tutera bling mixed in! With the help of some amazing vendors and friends, we pulled off the wedding of the year in just two weeks time! There were so many great elements of the night that it’s hard for me to pin point just a few!

Seeing the joy on Leslie’s face, the appreciation from her fiancé and parents, and the love from her over 100 friends and family in attendance was a humbling and moving experience. I couldn’t have done it without the help of great vendors from around the country, and I would like to personally thank each and every one of them for their contribution!

This is the time of year (and, more particularly, the week) to give thanks. I would like to thank Leslie and her family for entrusting me with the biggest day of her life. I would like to thank Make-A-Wish for inviting me to be a part of such an amazing experience, and for giving this experience to Leslie. I would like to thank all of my wonderful vendors for pulling together to create this beautiful event. And I would like to thank my team for working so hard to make this happen.

Here is a list of the amazing vendors who helped to make Leslie’s wedding perfect. Scroll down to see a couple of special moments from the night.


Bridal and Bridesmaids Jewels

Embellish by David Tutera



Bridal Gown

David Tutera for Mon Cheri



Bridal Shoes

David Tutera Shoe Collection



Bridal Shopping Experience, Alterations, & Veil

Panache Bridal



Bridesmaids Gowns

TwoBirds Bridesmaids



Butterfly Release

International Butterfly Breeders Association


Utterback Farms, Inc


Todd Stout



Catering & Chocolate Covered Strawberries

24 Carrots



Ceremony Music

The Society Band



Custom Mocktails

Paradise Bar



Custom Sign-In Board

Freshline Illustrations



Custom Wedding Cake

Cake Cathedral



Custom Wedding Lasso & Letter Banner

Angela’s Fantasy Creations



Custom Wig

Hair Couture Designs



Custom Wig Styling

Studio 6 @ The Balboa Bay Club



Décor Rentals

Jake Duke







Event Rentals

Town & Country



Floral Décor Design

Studio Fiore




Passion Growers



Glam Team

Gloss Makeup & Beauty Boutique



Groom and Groomsmen Attire

Brooks Brothers



Lighting Design

Amber Event Productions



Linen Rentals

Cloth connection



On-Site Alterations

Focus on the Bride



Personal Florals

Fantasy Floral Designs



Photo Booth

Photo Booth Pro




Ben Aguirre Photography



Platinum Wedding Bands

Platinum Guild



Printed Materials

Danielle Behar Designs



Reception Dress





Rancho Las Lomas




Kroh Media



Wedding Album

Kubota Imaging Tools



Red Boot Design



Bay Photo Labs



Wedding Arch

OC Gazebos



Wedding Officiant

Pastor Norman Alexander


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32 Responses to “Leslie & Daniel’s Make-A-Wish Wedding!”

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  3. Dolores Garcia

    To David this is amazing tears rolled down …
    David all that you do is just magic it’s as if you know what is in a women’s mind and bam you pull it all out of your sleeve !
    I wish Leslie and Daniel much happiness …

  4. Alysia Hatheway

    Congrats for the new couple!! They are so blessed to have David/MakeAWish do this for them. Leslie deserves it, she looked stunning! Love the gown she wore. (p.s. it is Murrieta, CA ;) lol) Is the venue by Murrieta? would love to know!.. Again, congratulations Leslie & Daniel!

  5. abbe

    <3 Congratulations to the young couple, may a miracle intervene and grant many years of happiness together <3

  6. Amanda Homan

    This was a very special moment, thank you for helping us all share in their love. I hope their dreams continue to come true for as long as they have together. Your team did a fantastic job!!

  7. Lisa Myers

    David I have said it before in one of my posts YOU amaze me with your heart and talents. How much of a blessing and an angel you are for people like Leslie and Daniel. Many blessing for you to come for all the hard work and dreams you have fulfilled for so many who were in need. :)

  8. Taty Sanchez

    God bless you DAVID to have so beautiful heart when you give with love you will recive more and more love and oncounting blessings .Love Taty and please said hi to Cielo from me.

  9. Ruby Courson

    A beautiful and touching story. A life that knows love is a life (no matter how short) is a life well lived.

  10. Margie Behr

    I love your programs and love your style!…I am planning a 70th birthday party for my husband and I think I can handled it but I want to make it very special since he is “very special”….his name is Bob….and “everybody loves Bob!” he is a Vietnam Veteran and very involved in the “American Legion”…I am very involved too! I belong to the Auxiliary and I make all the decoration for the Legion and all the wreaths for the events.
    His 70th birthday is in May 2014 and all his friends from the legion, high school and college will be invited. Please just give me an idea of what I could do with the party room!…it is a big room!…can hold around 100 people … I want to make special!…
    can you help?..
    I think balloons around the room will take some of the coldness of the room, fresh linens, candles? these are Rock and Roll guys!… I am lost! help! give me ideas!

  11. cindylou

    David looks like it was wonderful.

  12. Judith Phipps

    Kudos to u David Tutera!!!! UROCK!!! One of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen!! I wll save the names of these vendors!!!! My daughter is getting married soon!!! I also have been a bridal consultant, model and designer!!!!! I LUV IT!!! You are a constant, uplifting inspiration!!!

    With Sincere Gratitude,
    Judith Phipps (Blue Dove Designs)

  13. Liza Bryant

    I am moved beyond words. You are a beautiful, awe-inspiring miracle worker. You gave this beautiful child her perfect day. It is the second time you have moved me to tears, and both times Make a Wish has been involved. Reading this, seeing that beautiful girl’s face… I am humbled. Thank you for inspiring me to be more gracious, more open, more charitable. And thank you for sharing this wonderfully magic moment with everyone.


    Absolutely beautiful in each and every way it could be. David you are a special guy with a wonderful heart and spirit. I wish Gods Blessings on all of you.

  15. Beverlie

    David, your heart is so big and your love for doing good for others just shone bright this day for Leslie and Daniel. Thanks for what you have done.

  16. Stephanie McCormick

    David and All, On behalf of the Make-A-Wish OCIE family and wish families everywhere, we thank you for what you did to create the perfect day and memory for Leslie, Daniel and their families! It was simply magical!

  17. Hadassah Ayly

    I think that her wedding is so beautiful and that she deserves the wedding of her dreams. She is the most beautiful bride that I have ever imagined.

  18. Catherine Burke

    WOW…Simply Beautiful….A Very Lovely Couple…Can See The Love They have For Each Other In Their Eyes…David you Out Done Yourself Yet Again….These Ladies are VERY VERY Lucky To Have You as Their Wedding Planner

  19. Susan Lipp

    It’s no surprise David would agree to do such a wonderful thing for this lovely bride. With David it is always about the PERSON, not the event. This is what makes him so wonderful and the person I would want to plan an event/wedding for anyone I cared about.
    Kudos to you, David. You are an all time nice guy!

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  21. janine@thegoodlifefrance

    What a wonderful story. They are a beautiful couple and all of us at The Good Life France wish them much happiness from France and felicitations…

  22. Yahnel Bishop

    Beautiful story, May she rest in peace! She left us today all too soon.

  23. ashley lozano

    A beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple. Our hearts go out to Leslie’s free spirit now in heaven, Daniel for being the best husband a true angel could ask for, and all of their family and friends. Our condolences, there are truly no words to express but that love will run strong. Leslie’s story has touched many women and she will live in the hearts of everyone. God bless

  24. Elisa

    What a beautiful story. I’m so sad to learn of her passig and hope that we get to see her story. As she was a fan on the show, I’m sure she will be smiling from heaven when it airs.

  25. Loren C.

    David, thank you so much for doing something so beautiful for this lovely girl, you made her wish come true, and that is priceless. You are an amazing!!!!!! person, I have been watching your shows for a long time, and you have so much grace and it shines through your beautiful self. May Leslie rest in peace, and give her love ones the strength and peace to go on.

  26. Loren C.

    David, thank you so much for doing something so beautiful for this lovely girl, you made her wish come true, and that is priceless. You are an amazing!!!!!! person, I have been watching your shows for a long time, and you have so much grace and it shines through your beautiful self. May Leslie rest in peace, and give her love ones the strength and peace to go on with their lives.

  27. Loren C.

    David, thank you so much for doing something so beautiful for this lovely girl, you made her wish come true, and that is priceless. You are an amazing!!!!!! person, I have been watching your shows for a long time, and you have so much grace and it shines through your beautiful self. May Leslie rest in peace, and give her love ones the strength and peace to go on with their lives. God Bless

  28. Terry Carrillo

    My daughter in law leslie Mendez will be truly missed. .she was an amazing young lady that always carried a smile no matter how sick she felt.. she was just a beautiful person. She will forever be in our hearts.

  29. Frances

    I love David, I cry for all episodes even when there re runs. I know deep down in my heart that my husband and I will never have a wedding, but it makes me so happy to see ordinary people like me filled with so much joy. Your awesome David . I love love love love u.

  30. Alejandra Lopez

    This story touched my heart in a personal way. My son suffers from chronic kidney disease. I know the battle of a medical illness and wish I could take that plan away from my child. Leslie has an amazing story and she is an inspiration to so many of us. Through the amazing organization of Make-A-Wish, she was able to make one of the most important days extra special with the the design and execution of David Tutera. I can’t wait to watch the episode so cry my eyes out in a good way. I know my son will probably one day get a wish granted from Make-A-Wish but at the same time pray he never has to and can live a long and healthier life. My God bless her, her new husband and all her loved ones and medical team.

  31. mari

    Que emocionante historia. Estoy bastante emocionada. Me hizo llorar. :’(
    Me duelo saber que ella se fue… Fuerza a toda su familia. Y Que Dios la tenga en Sus manos.


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