A Las Vegas couple celebrated their nuptials in Brentwood on Thursday after the bride overcame cancer and a non-profit orchestrated their entire wedding free of charge.
Archie De Asis and Tamara Santo Domingo, originally from the Los Angeles area, met in community college and have been a couple for 16 years. They always believed a wedding was in their future.
“Before we always think about getting married, we always said ‘oh we’ll do it next year’,” said the groom, De Asis.
“Then I got this diagnosis,” the bride told KTLA.
A year and half ago Santo Domingo was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer while pregnant with their second child.
“It was horrible, here you’re in your last stage of pregnancy, you’re so excited. You know you’re going to see your baby, and then they just, know,” Santo Domingo said while fighting back tears.
The mom-to-be was unable to go through chemotherapy due to the pregnancy and the couple was terrified that the cancer would spread.
“I was going to lose her, or worse I was going to lose them both,” said De Asis. “No matter what I would never leave her.”
After giving birth, Santo Domingo went through invasive treatment including a hysterectomy, chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and lymph node removal. After all those procedures, a wedding seemed out of reach due to financial constraints.
“With cancer your medical bills kind of skyrocket,” said the bride.
The couple called on Wish Upon A Wedding, a non-profit dedicated to providing weddings to deserving couples who are facing incredible obstacles. The non-profit receives donations from wedding vendors, including dress boutiques, flower shops, venues and caterers, and facilitates the entire wedding.
“We were so touched by her story, that we couldn’t deny them a wedding. So we jumped at the chance to do this for them,” said Jeannie Ward, a Wish Upon A Wedding employee.
Santo Domingo’s wedding would have cost roughly $50-to-$60,000.
“Look how blessed I am,” said Santo Domingo. “It wouldn’t have happened, not without them, not without Wish Upon A Wedding.”
Santo Domingo and De Asis exchanged vows in front of family and friends at Mountain Gate Country Club in Brentwood. The bride is on the road to recovery, but is still receiving chemotherapy treatments.