July 23, 2014
Kate & Victor met at an internal medicine luncheon on the 1st day of residency at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, June 25, 2009 at ~12:25 pm. By 12:55 pm, Victor knew he wanted to marry her after just their first encounter. Victor knew how much Kate loved Tigers, so Victor took her to her first Tigers game. She even put her hair up in pig tails so that she could get Victor a Tigers lunch box (given only to children up to age 14; she nearly had that lunch box as well), Kate however insisted on a “real” tiger for her to keep. Victor kept insisting that maybe if they kept going to Tiger games, her wish may come true. She waited a long long time (Victor kept waiting for a deal on baby tigers to show up on SlickDeals/Amazon). Eventually she had waited long enough, and when the 2013 playoffs came, though the Detroit Tigers lost, it was Victor who won the tiger (Kate) to keep for himself.
Through salsa dancing, Tigers games and episodes of Glee, an unbreakable bond quickly formed, and they became best friends for the next three years. Kate knew from the beginning she had found a soul-mate; however, she did not quite know just then how to handle this discovery. Even miracles take a bit of time. She told her parents long before they officially started dating that she would marry him someday if she was not such a confused hot mess.
Towards the beginning of her 4th year of residency in Michigan, God sent Kate a miracle including the realization that for the first time in forever, she actually wanted to spend time with Victor instead of only her girlfriends or by herself. Even her childhood best friend and truth-teller Laura told Kate this was strange. And after that, what was even more bizarre, Kate and Victor would spend nearly entire weekends together attending concerts, visiting with friends, eating frozen yogurt, and at the end of these weekends, she found she was not exhausted and wanted even more! This concept of closeness and comfort was something quite new to Kate. Victor had slowly been thawing her heart for four years and finally had melted it completely.
You can’t beat a wedding that starts off with a rehearsal dinner at the Detroit Tiger’s stadium, complete with a fireworks show!! Victor and Kate’s wedding day was full of laughter and friends, dancing on the party trolley, a tour around downtown Detroit including lunch at one of the best pizza places ever, and one of the BEST dance performances I’ve ever seen put on by a bridal party.. including a choreographed first dance to a song from the Frozen soundtrack! Congratulations you two and thanks for inviting me to celebrate along with you on your epic wedding day!
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Photography | Pure in Art Photography
Getting Ready Venue | Somerset Inn
Ceremony Venue | Sweetest Heart of Mary Church
Reception Venue | Somerset Inn
Videographer | George J. Fox
Band | Motor City Soul
Caterer | Somerset Inn
Cake Artist | Holiday Market
Florist | Susana Mangona (Groom’s Mother)
Makeup Artist | Elizabeth’s Head to Toe
Hair Stylist | Greg
Men’s Suits | Barongs from the Philippines & Barongsrus.com
Stationary | Bride & Groom
Cantor | Carmen Golden
Violin | Sofia & Bianca Pokrzywa
Harp | Klara Pokrzywa
Trumpet | Antonio Galinato
Organist | Ronald Weiler
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Pure in Art Photography is a Wedding Photographer, Engagement Photographer, Boudoir Photographer, Portrait Photographer, and Destination Wedding Photographer based in Tucson, Arizona. Serving Arizona, including Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Vail, Green Valley, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Flagstaff, Sedona. Available for destination travels worldwide. Featured on The Knot, Wedding Wire, Best Tucson Weddings, and Tucson Bride & Groom. Graduate from The International Academy of Wedding Photographers.