Bellezza Make-Up Artistry is excited to announce that it was part of the Halton/Peel 2013 team in a pay-it-forward movement called Wedding Saviours.

We provided makeup services for the entire wedding party including the Bride, Maid of Honour, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom and flower girls. Services included: 1 hour free trial (full look); airbrush makeup; full skincare regime; full eye makeup including false eyelash application; contour/blush application; lip treatment; and a special Bellezza Make-Up Artistry exclusive.

You can read more about the couple and their story below.



Meet the winning couple who was married on April 12, 2013:

 

 











































 

                                                                                                   

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Here is their contest entry:



Dear Wedding Saviours,


My name is Jhonavel Cabrera and I am currently residing in the city of Brampton. My fiancé Rolan Matias and I would like to be considered for the contest for the Halton-Peel region. My fiancé and I have been together for 10 years. I met him when I was 17 and he was 19. As soon as we met we were inseparable. Through our relationship, we had been given wonderful gifts which were the birth our son CJ (who is now 9) and after 3 years we were given our daughter Mia (now 5). Our Son C.J is the first grandchild in both sides of the family. He is always well liked and adored by many. He is an artistic child, very soft spoken and has love for animals.

Rolan and I had always thought of getting married, but it always had seemed like it was more of an expense that we could have spent on our children instead. Having children at such a young age we always thought that everything would be okay and that life would come easy as long as we take it day by day. We were fortunate as parents that our children were always full of joy and were always healthy without any major complications. Without planning for any major obstacles ahead, our year of 2012 was about to change our lives and the way we viewed life as a family.

In the end of March 2012 our son CJ started to become sick and was presenting symptoms with headaches and vomiting. We brought him to different doctors for second opinions, numerous tests and even to the emergency department for assessments but came back home with nothing. Some doctors have even dared to consider that maybe he was having problems at school or maybe it was even due to our parenting skills. It wasn't until May 1, 2012 (2 days after his first communion) when we found out what was really wrong. We had brought him back to the Brampton Civic hospital for an MRI appointment. Later that evening, the doctor informed us that our son was suffering from a brain Tumour. He was immediately transferred to Sick Kids hospital. Within 12 hours, our lives were flipped inside out. We were preparing ourselves and our son for a major brain surgery. I remember telling him before he went in that day that he had to try to be really strong, and no matter what happens he had to come back to us because we needed him and so did his little sister. We were so afraid that our son would not be the same, or worse not even come back at all.

His surgery lasted for an agonizing 7.5 hours which was originally supposed to be 6 hours. His brain surgery was a success with little residue of the tumour left on the brain stem. Our son was not the same coming out of that surgery, but we were also fortunate to have him come out alive. He was unable to walk on his own and his vision was also affected, luckily the rehab services that were offered eventually helped improve with his conditions. He spent a week and a half recovering in the hospital. It was May 11th when we found out that he was allowed to finally go home but prior to leaving, the neuro-oncology group wished to speak with us. It was then that our hopes were shut down. We found out that his pathology report had shown that his tumour was Malignant and that his cancer was called Medulloblastoma. The doctor stated that his cancer was NOT hereditary, it could not have been prevented and no one was to blame. They stated that his case was just a case of bad luck. Bad luck?!?!. My fiancé and I were both devastated. We didn't know what to do. We didn't know how to deal with cancer, especially when it would involve a child, our own child!. We felt like we were stuck in a horrible nightmare could not get out of. I remembered that I would cry every time I woke up realizing that it wasn't a nightmare and that it was our new reality to face. My fiancé and I decided that the most important thing for us to do was to leave our jobs and focus on our kids during our most crucial moments. We witnessed our son go through aggressive procedures including  32 days of high dose radiation therapy, stem cell harvesting, lumbar punctures, MRI's, CT scans, numerous lab work and 4 rounds of high doses of chemotherapy with  stem cell transplant each round.  As for our daughter, she would go back and forth from each grandparents house and was cared for by family members while we were away.  My fiancé and I would alternate every day at the hospital so we would be able to spend time with each kid, but that still didn't even seem enough.  We saw drastic changes in our son and also in our daughter. Our daughter had to quickly mature to catch up mentally on what was happening around her. She later on seemed mature, supportive and understanding about the situation. She did not act like a regular 5 year who would have thrown tantrums about always being left behind.

Our son was always so full of joy and was always caring. To see him fight for his life, with the hopes of being able to live normally eventually day in and day out was so heart wrenching. Even though he was the one who had the discomfort and the pain he still worried about us and always asked us if we were okay. Thankfully, god had given my son such great strength throughout his chemotherapy. He finished his treatments last December with no major complications. We are now just waiting and hoping that his MRI and lumbar puncture in March will show that his treatments were successful.

Although this journey could have broken us, it actually had brought us closer than ever and it had taught us the importance of working together. We learned that the hardships in life that god had given us before were just obstacles to help us prepare for what was to come. We needed to take life more seriously, and that life is too short. We needed to make everything right, especially now that we have been given a second chance. We wish and hope to have a proper matrimony to have god's blessing of our unity as husband and wife, and also as a family but with our current financial situation we find it difficult to even think about where to begin. We would love to get married but we wouldn't want to go in deeper debt than we already have. Winning this contest would truly be helpful to our family and would truly fill our hearts with joy. Please consider our letter to enter the contest.

Yours Truly,
Jhonavel

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Here is their story:



When asked to describe what participating in and potentially winning this Free Wedding Contest would mean to them, Jhonavel and Rolan responded that:

"Our journey through young parenthood and finding out that our son had brain cancer could have broken us, but it actually has brought us closer than ever and taught us the importance of our relationship. We learned that the hardships in life that God has given us were just obstacles to help us prepare for what was to come. We want to take life more seriously, and make everything right: especially now that we have been given a second chance. We wish and hope to have a proper matrimony to have God's blessing of our unity as husband and wife, and also as a family; but with our current financial situation we find it difficult to even think about where to begin. We would love to get married but we don't want to go into deeper debt than we already have. Winning this contest would give us a second chance to become united as a couple and a family. It would truly fill our hearts with joy."

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