Intimate Downtown Phoenix Wedding | Julianna & Thaddaeus

Downtown Phoenix Arizona Wedding Photographer | Katelyn Cantu Photography

Okay guys. This was seriously such a fun wedding day and I am so excited to share it with you all! Julianna and Thaddaeus became husband and wife last week at the beautiful Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Phoenix. They were surrounded by only their closest friends and family, and spent the night celebrating at The Duce. These two are so, so sweet. I loved getting to be a part of their day. Something I discovered during their downtown Phoenix engagement session last spring is just how giggly Julianna and Thaddaeus are when they’re together. It makes photographing them so fun! When I asked her, Julianna said she envisioned her wedding to be “intimate time with special people,” and I have to say nothing describes their day better!

I have to take a minute to talk about their super special wedding ceremony. It was enriched in cultural tradition and meaningful touches. First, upon arrival guests would find a station to say a prayer over the bride and groom’s wedding rings. Next, they would find the couple’s unique guest book; a set of stones for guests to sign individually. The best part about this was the reason given, “historically, stones are used as metaphors for strength, permanence, stability, and refuge- all characteristics we desire to emulate in our marriage.” Love that! Once the ceremony began, the bride and groom would exchange vows and rings, as well as a hand fasting ceremony and a sabrage. The hand fasting ceremony comes from Julianna’s Irish heritage. In essence, the two take turns making promises to one another in a beautifully honest way. “Will you hurt Thaddaeus?” “I might” “Is this your intention?” “No”, and the officiant wraps a piece of ribbon around their arms, bonding them together. When the promises have been made and each ribbon wrapped, the couple then pulls their arms out to “tie the knot” with the ceremonious ribbons. To incorporate Thaddaeus’s French culture, he would participate in a sabrage. He basically cut the end of a champagne bottle off WITH A SWORD. No, I’m not joking. It was awesome. From the bride, “We handpicked special things to incorporate into the ceremony that are unique and meaningful to us, as well as handmaking many ceremony items. We wanted the focus to be sentimental rather than glitzy.”

After the ceremony and some group photos, everyone headed to The Duce. This was such a fun location for a small sized wedding reception! After dinner, all of the guests got to play games like ping pong and mingle with one another. Of course, you don’t want to miss the bride and groom in the wrestling ring! Haha! In lieu of a traditional cake, the couple and their guests shared a milkshake shot toast at the end of the night! I seriously loved all of these unique elements Julianna and Thaddaeus incorporated into their day. At the end of the night, the couple said farewell with some sparkler fun! Enjoy my favorites from this Intimate downtown Phoenix wedding, full of unique elements.

Julianna & Thaddaeus: I knew your wedding day would be special, but I had no idea just how uniquely special it would be. Your wedding day was beautiful and meaningful from start to finish, something that I know will be reflected in your marriage to come. I wish you both the best! P.S. Thank you for being the most amazing planner/bride I have ever met in my life, Julianna. 😉

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Photographer: Katelyn Cantu Photography

Bride’s Dress: Brilliant Bridal

Ceremony: Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

Reception: The Duce

Bride’s Shoes: Converse

Hair: Hair by Kaylee

Jewelry: Sarah Madeline Jewelry

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