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  • The Wiltern Theater- the Perfect GWED Venue

    GWED at the WilternThe Wiltern is an iconic unique theater located in Los Angeles, California. Most people know it as a concert venue. But it makes perfect sense that a huge, iconic and unique wedding like GWED would take place there! Located right on the corner of Wilshire and Western, (now you see how it got its name.) And originally designed as a vaudeville house by architect Stiles O. Clements. Who also designed the El Capitan and Mayan theaters with the same art deco style. The Wiltern initially opened as the Warner Brothers Western Theater, the flagship for the theater chain.

    The Wiltern and GWED

    The Wiltern was almost torn down on two occasions in the late 1970s. But thankfully through the intervention of a group of local preservationists, the theater was saved. And the preservation of the Wiltern was one of the Los Angeles Conservancy's first victories in its fight to preserve the architectural heritage of the City. It seems like the spirit of the Wiltern ties in with GWED, when faced with challenges a group of people came together to help it through the rough times. And they beat the odds!

    GWED is an acronym for the Greatest Wedding Ever Donated. The GWED couple believes that overcoming personal struggles involves a village of supporters, which is why it is so important to give back like those who helped them in their time of need. They are breaking the mold of traditional weddings by turning their wedding into a charitable gala.

    The groom, Caleb Remington, was born with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited life-threatening genetic disorder that drastically affects the lungs and digestive system. Caleb's life expectancy was only 19 years of age. He has surpassed that and lives strong thanks to his incredible attitude, love, and the advances of modern science. His partner, Tiffany Au, has faced an overwhelming share of trauma as well. She has encountered sexual assault, depression, emotional abuse, poverty, first generational living, suicide, and the pressure of raising her siblings. On May 5, 2018, Tiffany and Caleb are leading the charge for healing, survival and conquoring lifes challenges by turning their focus toward helping the community aroud them.

  • The Greatest Wedding Ever Donated-GWED Explained

    Greatest Wedding Ever DonatedWhat is the story behind The Greatest Wedding Ever Donated? We asked Tiffany and Caleb to explain it in their own words for the WoodSnap blog.

    Tiffany Au, 27, and Caleb Remington, 27, grew up 20 minutes away from each other in small suburbs of Chicago but met out in California at the age of 24. Their intense romance is rooted in love for their community and their drive to create open and honest conversations. With no surprise to family and friends, they are magnifying that passion with a twist on how they say “I do.”

    Marriage is physical; our intentions are our true bond. Being crafters of love and committing to share this art with the world, we are putting on The Greatest Wedding Ever Donated, a charity fundraiser and benefit concert in place of our wedding! We have partnered up with CW Jane the Virgin Actor and philanthropist, Justin Baldoni, his team at The Wayfarer Entertainment, and The Wayfarer Foundation (our fiscal sponsor) to put on The Greatest Wedding Ever Donated Gala and Benefit Concert to raise $500,000 and awareness for 5 different cause areas that we are personally touched by mental health, rare disease, research, education, and low-income families. The event will take place on May 5th at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. The Gala will consist of live performances, keynote speakers for each cause area, silent auction, raffles, food and beverage, and more! A live Benefit Concert will proceed the charity event in the Theater open up to the general public, our “wedding crashers.”

    The day we met each other, our conversations were not so much about our favorite colors and movies, but how we both overcome adversities in life. Volunteerism and community saved my (Tiffany) life from severe depression, anxiety, and years of sexual assault. It gave me purpose and a platform to share my story and help those who were struggling with similar traumatic experiences. I (Caleb), was diagnosed with a genetic condition called cystic fibrosis and there is currently no cure. Despite being sick every day, I chose to live a life of positivity and optimism. Outside of a healthy mindset, we would not be alive without the advanced medicine, support, or encouragement created by organizations like Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

    We wanted to create our special day as a tribute to the community members that kept us both ALIVE and spotlight the incredible humans who have constantly reminded us that our disability is not what defines us, it is what challenges us to become stronger and more resilient. Outside of fusing philanthropy and the $76 billion wedding industry, we hope to utilize the attendance, messaging, and overall platform of this special "big day" to create an open dialogue, deep reflection, and stripped conversations as a practice in building long-lasting relationships with your significant other.

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