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Community members donate wedding for Marine at Anthem Veterans Memorial


ANTHEM – Veterans Day is not the only day of the year when local residents honor veterans, and one veteran was honored in a very special way this year.

 After learning about some difficult times Chad Morely and his fiancée Amanda had experienced over the past few years, volunteers came together to provide their wedding at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.

“We wanted to show this couple our appreciation for his service by lending a helping hand when they needed renewed hope in their lives,” said organizer Liz Turner. “It is not at all surprising to me to see the generosity of others who stepped in to help when news spread of the wedding plans. The Anthem Veterans Memorial was the perfect backdrop for the wedding as it symbolizes this community's appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our veterans.”

“We can’t begin to express our gratitude for our amazing wedding. It was a dream come true,” the Morleys wrote in an email to the wedding organizers. “We so appreciate all the businesses and people who donated to provide us with a very special day. Hope and happiness define the start of our lives together and we vow to pay forward these acts of kindness as best we can.”

Multiple north valley businesses and local residents helped make the wedding happen. The bride’s ruby and diamond engagement ring and sapphire and diamond wedding band and the groom's wedding band were designed and donated by Andrew Z Diamonds and Fine Jewelry to reflect the Marine colors. The wedding was captured by photographers Lauri Svedsen and Bob Stafford of Lauri Svendsen Photography.

Our Kitchen to Yours catered an Italian dinner and the Hampton Inn – Anthem donated the reception hall space. My Goodness Cakes designed a two-tier wedding cake in the Marine colors. The Daughters of the American Revolution Agua Fria chapter donated the reception decorations and DAR Ocotillo Chapter donated to cover the cost of the beverages.

Cactus Flowers donated the wedding party flowers. Walter Hurd and Charrissa Glazer of ProMusica Arizona provided the ceremony music. Officiating the ceremony was Cross of Christ Lutheran Church Associate Pastor Marty Strohschein.