Princess Josselin's Ball with Make-A-Wish

When we learned the story of Josselin, we knew we had make her wish come true. Josselin, who lost her vision at a young age, wanted nothing more than to be the Belle of the ball. We created this gorgeous Belle gown for her to wear and had the pleasure of meeting Josselin several times during our fittings and her incredible party. What a magical day that we will never forget!

As originally featured on Make-A-Wish:

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in July, a thirteen year old girl from East Palo Alto arrived at her birthday party in a horse-drawn carriage, escorted by a prince. 

This was no ordinary fourteenth birthday party—all eyes were on the girl in a custom made ball gown, whose wish to be a princess for her birthday was coming true. Josselin, who suffers from retinoblastoma and is blind, could nevertheless hear the camera shutters clicking away as her guests greeted her at the door of the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose. On her arm was her prince—Dr. Lee Sanders, a member of her medical team. Inside, an entire ballroom was decorated in a way fit for a princess, with a three-tiered cake, photo backdrop custom designed with crystal Braille lettering, a table loaded with sweets, and a screen showing her favorite princess movies. The DJ played the theme song from Beauty and the Beast as she and Dr. Sanders had the first dance.  

Numerous volunteers and businesses came together, donating their time and resources to make her party magical. Event planner Cristina Burns of Bridal Stop Events made sure every detail was considered. And soon after her wish, we received a handwritten note and drawing from Josselin: “I can’t stop thinking about my big princess party. Now I feel happier than ever. Thank you so much Make-A-Wish for making my dream come true.”

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Creative Team:

Non-profit: Make a Wish San Francisco

Event Planner: Bridal Stop & Events

Venue: Saint Claire/ Westin San Jose

Flowers: Enchantment Floral

Dress Designer: Jinza Couture Bridal

DJ: Entire Productions

Cake: Ma Petite Maison Cakes

Photobooth: You Booth

Linens: Napa Valley Linens

Food: Il Fornaio

Princess: Shampion Events

Photographer: Cari Courtright

Videographer: Imaginem Productions

Cupcakes: Bites and Babycakes

Dessert Bar: Magical Moments

Step and Repeat/ Stationary: Peanut Press Creative

Hair and Makeup: Camille Goldston

Horse Carriage: Fancy Ferriage by Horse & Carriage

Limo: Mosaic Global