Katie and Erik first met while they were both enrolled in graduate school for teaching. While they initially bonded over their desire to invest in the lives of young people, they soon discovered that they had a lot more in common. Throughout their time in school they developed a deep friendship centered around a love of art, theater, hiking, and Game of Thrones marathons. In July of 2016 the two began dating and were soon inseparable.
Following graduation, Katie and Erik both took jobs at high school teachers – he teaches history and government and she teaches English and literature. In December of 2017, Erik surprised Katie with an engagement ring. “I’m not one to cry, but it was so sweet and I was so surprised,” said Katie.
Just 11 days after their beautiful engagement, Katie received some devastating news from her doctor. A few months earlier, she had discovered a lump in her neck that seemed to be growing and was making it difficult for her to breath. After several rounds of tests, she was finally given a diagnosis – Leukemia.
She underwent surgery immediately and then embarked upon a lengthy and difficult chemotherapy regiment. The chemo eradicated her immune system, forcing her to take a leave of absence from her beloved teaching job. Katie recently finished her treatments and is looking forward to a summer of recovery.
Wish Upon a Wedding was honored to hear Katie and Erik’s story and is looking forward to giving them the wedding of their dreams. As with all of our wishes, we couldn’t do it without the generosity and goodwill of the many wish granters who have signed up to help:
Wedding Planner: Revel and Roots
Venue: Creekside Event Center
Caterer: You and I Caterers
Photographer: David Alderman Weddings
Music: My Elite DJ
Florist: MJM Designs
Baker: Soul Sprinkle
Make-Up: Creating Perfect Beauty
Linens: Nuage Designs
Garter: The Garter Girl