Katie and Vincent are true originals- their wedding was a perfectly non traditional wedding in Phoenix and we love their story so much that we had to share it with you along with their post-I Do photo shoot at the luscious Desert Botanical Garden and their lovely reception a few months later.
Katie explains why they decided to forgo having a traditional wedding and do things their way: I never pictured myself as a traditional bride. I didn’t meet Vince (I call him Mr. Handsome!) in a traditional way, and was so happy to finally meet the love of my life that I just wanted to be married!
How did you meet and what is you favorite thing about each other?
I was waiting for a date who was late! My date had let me know that he was going to be an hour late, and I was so close to cancelling, but decided to wait at the restaurant bar. While waiting for my glass of wine, in walked Vince with his copilot, and it was love at first sight! We struck up a conversation (I learned he was a pilot and was on a trip and heading back to Phoenix) which intrigued me, as I’m terrified of flying! We exchanged numbers, but I never expected to hear from him, as Arizona is like another county when you’re living in Michigan! A week after we met, he called, and I was so excited! We continued to talk/date long distance before I decided to move to AZ, and the rest is history! So glad I didn’t cancel my date!!
A Non Traditional Wedding in Phoenix: We opted for a fancy dinner party, with the theme, “Eat, Drink, and be Married! I love anything with sparkle, so we chose jewel colors for the flowers against a sparkly navy backdrop. It was the best to celebrate love with family and friends! It was a bit unconventional (getting married first) but I wouldn’t have changed a thing! Once the reception came, it gave us more time to visit with family and friends!
Seriously, how gorgeous is Katie’s dress??? And of course, Vince brought his style game too!
While planning your dinner reception, what was most important to you? I really wanted the reception to be all about eating, drinking, and being merry! I wanted the feel of a fancy dinner party, where people can mingle and the families could really get to know each other and I wanted the venue to stand out as simple but beautiful, which thanks to Victoria and her team, really came through!
Non Traditional Wedding in Phoenix (Favorite Moment): My favorite memory is simple-seeing everyone (only very close friends and family) enjoying the day! So much planning went into that day that it was great to see it all come together (it was so beautiful) and to see all the guests enjoying all the details made all the stress worth it!
How did you choose your wedding planner and photographer? The very first date that Vince took me on when I first arrived in Phoenix was to the Royal Palms. I loved it the moment we walked around the resort and the resort highly recommended Victoria. Once I reached out to Victoria, what struck me was how much she listened to what I was looking for in a reception! She instantly seemed to understand me! She also recommended Tracy. Tracy is such a gem! Her photos are amazing-she really is able to capture moments, and puts you at such ease that you don’t even hear the camera clinking away! She has such a fun personality that shines through!
One thing we really love about non traditional weddings is that guests feel unrestricted in how they celebrate the day- maybe there’s not a dance floor but guests who want to dance don’t feel like they’re breaking any rules by creating their own dance floor!
Katie and Vincent, thank you for sharing your non traditional wedding in Phoenix with us and CONGRATULATIONS!
Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style
Photographer: Fully Alive Photography
Photo Shoot Location: Desert Botanical Garden
Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events
Makeup: Corinna Cooke Makeup
Reception Location: Royal Palms Resort :: Musician: Pete Pancrazi :: Floral: Jan Dekker Designs
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