In 2011 whilst working as a Catering & Events Manager Suzanne Stevenson received an email from a man who's partner was terminally ill and they were due to be married in 5 weeks time. The couple didn't have catering for their wedding guests. Suzanne was delighted to help and provided the catering for the wedding. That email really touched Suzanne, so much so Suzanne wanted to volunteer with a charity that helps terminally ill people get married, there was nothing she could find in the whole of Scotland, she vowed one day she would set up a charitable organisation to provide this.
Life was crazy busy, running a business and juggling her family, she never quite found the time to set one up, but it was always a thought at the back of her mind.
Suzanne volunteered for several charities and hosted numerous charity events, from coffee mornings, fundraisers, race nights and charity balls, but the that desire to set up a wedding charity didn't go away.
January 2020, Suzanne was tagged in a post on social media by her neighbour and friend Lauren Roy Sutherland. The post was similar to the email Suzanne received before, a terminally ill bride to be requesting help from suppliers to help her get married urgently. The support from local businesses and members of the public rallying round to make this possible was overwhelming.
"If ever I was waiting for a sign this was it"
Suzanne approached Lauren for advice on how to make this happen, Lauren is the Chairperson of
The Renfrewshire Toy Bank so has experience of setting up and running a non profit organisation.
Suzanne was blown away with Lauren's passion, knowledge and advice, she knew she needed to have her onboard.
"We put our heads together and Wedding Wish Makers was born"
Founder & Chairperson
Founder & Chairperson
Alongside volunteering at Wedding Wish Makers Suzanne currently works as a Wedding Coordinator at a wedding venue.
Suzanne has 14 years experience in the wedding and events industry and has been involved with numerous charity’s over the last 10 years from volunteering to raising tens of thousands of pounds for serval charities by hosting charity balls, coffee mornings and race nights to name a few.
Suzanne is married to John and have three beautiful kids.
When asked what her hobbies are Suzanne replied "Eating cake or spooning Nutella out a the jar"
Suzanne is known to all her friends as a feeder, there is no way you are meeting up with her without eating cake.
Suzanne real natural empathy is evident from the get go and we know you will just instantly warm to her.
Lauren changed career and became a nail technician after having my two beautiful young children.
Before having a family Lauren was a store manager for a large retail company.
Lauren is the founder of the Renfrewshire Toy Bank. Suzanne approached Lauren to help out with Wedding Wish Makers because of her experience with the toy bank. "I was absolutely honoured to be a part of it"
Like Suzanne, Lauren also loves cake however she is trying to be good for her lovely friends up coming wedding. So we think Suzanne may not be the best influence on Lauren right now!
Speaking to Lauren you will learn very quickly how caring she is and she has your best interests heart
Lee A nne Gentles
Lee A nne Gentles
Lee Anne started volunteering with us from the get go, she was involved with our very first wedding - Sharon & Dougie August 2020
We are delighted to announce Lee Anne has accepted a more formal volunteer role at WWM and is now officially our newest board member.
Lee Anne is married with two kids, worked as nursery teacher for many years and is now currently working as a childcare lecturer, she’s also just been accepted to do her TGFE (teacher qualification further education level 11) through Aberdeen Uni
Lee Anne is obsessed with giraffes from plates to towels to cushions to toilet roll holders.
Lee Anne has a lovely caring nature and you will just love her and her infectious laugh another reason we know she is perfect for WWM