Seven months of planning turned into ten sparkling dresses and ten precious smiles at Wrigley Mansion on Sunday, February 6th, 2022. The endeavor of the “Best Day Ever” Photoshoot began on a May day in Newport, Rhode Island in collaboration with Ashley Richer Photography. Ashley came to me with the idea of creating a princess themed photoshoot for girls battling cancer in Rhode Island. After nearly a year of planning, this event came together beautifully on the lawn of Rough Point Mansion in Newport, RI.
From the release of our segment on “People TV” covering this magical day, I began planning our second endeavor in Phoenix, Arizona. Although Ashley couldn’t be with us for this special day, we so appreciate her letting us bring this magical dream collaboration we created to life in every state in the US. Photographers Jo & Alli of Jo and Alli Photography stepped up and went above and beyond to make all of the girls feel so special and beautiful, and captured magical memories that will last a lifetime for these families.
Wrigley Mansion served as our castle of the day– complete with a gorgeous pink bridal suite for the girls to get their hair and makeup done in, and even provided sparkling champagne and a charcuterie board for all to snack while they were pampered. Downstairs, on the back patio set the scene for a true princess experience.
Our hair and makeup artists all donated their time and truly made an effort to make every girl see their true beauty. For so many of them, similar to the photoshoot in Newport, it was their first time having their hair done since it had grown back. The smiles as each girl was shown her final look in the mirror were priceless! We extend a huge thank you to Christopher Bullock Beauty, Seventh Ave. Beauty and KB Glam by Lauren Cory for donating their time for this special day.
The Princess Charlotte Project provided each girl with their own princess dress, and Leanne Marie Crafts and the Princess Program Foundation provided each girl with a matching princess dress for their doll. The most special part of the day was when each girl was surprised with a bald doll (provided by Glimmer of Hope) during their individual photos. We thank these amazing non-profits as well as the amazing sponsors who sponsored these dolls for the photoshoot! The girls’ reactions were priceless!
Wrigley Mansion provided a beautiful setup, complete with flower arrangements, sandwiches, chips, drinks and more to make this day so special. The girls opened gift baskets and did crafts in between taking photos provided by Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels. We also extend a thank you to our volunteers including Miss Arizona’s and Miss Phoenix’s Outstanding Teen, along with the Valley of the Sun Active Club of Phoenix. Another thank you to Joel Cardella for providing us with a hotel to stay at during our time in AZ!
This day was filled with magic, love and lots of smiles. Our goal with this photoshoot is to collaborate with a childhood cancer nonprofit in each state to bring this to every state in the US. We’re already in the process of planning our next Best Day Ever.. let us know a state you’d like us to come to or a nonprofit you’d like to see us partner with in the comments!
As always, thank YOU for supporting Glimmer of Hope Foundation and Ella’s dream to make all children battling cancer feel confident, strong and courageous in their battles.