Our Story

In case you haven’t figured it, this is not going to be your “traditional” sit-down wedding.

Two years ago, a good friend encouraged Heather to join Tinder.  It is a dating app in which you swipe right if you like the potential match.  If the other person also swipes right, you are placed in a private chat.

Giving it a try, she swiped right and connected with John D. Hamaker.  However, the timing was not in their favor, as Heather was leaving on a business trip and had a packed schedule the weekend before.  She had committed to being at Relay that Saturday and suggested that John might meet her there and walk the track with her to fundraise.

“We had a good connection (texting and then talking on the phone), but I wasn’t sure that he would come to the event.  When I saw him at the registration table that morning – I knew this guy was a keeper.  He was literally walking into an event where he knew no one and I knew everyone.  We talked and walked for several hours before had to go to work.

Our first of many selfies together!

When John proposed in Paris at the top of the Eiffel Tower, Heather suggested that they consider getting married at Relay.  It would be a fun way to celebrate the beginning of their life together and a great way to raise funds for cancer research, support and education.  It also meant they did not have to limit their guest list.  Relay is a public event and everyone is welcome.

Rather than receive unnecessary household wedding gifts, John and Heather are inviting their guest to register and participate in the event for $25.00 (tax deductible).  Walking at the event is optional.

WHAT — Relay for Life of Greater Pasadena

WHEN – Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 9:00 am (Opening Ceremonies), 8:00 pm (Luminaria)
The wedding itself will start around 10:30 am, followed by dancing, lunch and wedding cake.  

WHERE –Farnsworth Park (Lower Baseball Field)
568 Mount Curve Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001