Last year, as Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio were in the midst of wedding planning, they were also Christmas shopping for Jacobi's eight-year-old niece. The couple wanted to get her something wedding-related but were having trouble finding what they were looking for that wasn't focused on a heterosexual couple—so they made one of their own.
The creative set went viral, and it got rave reviews from commenters, even getting them in with Mattel.
Now, the couple is sharing details of their gorgeous wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona. According to People, they were the first same-sex couple to marry at the famed Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.
“The resort is a staple venue in the Scottsdale area and we had no idea we’d be the first same-sex couple to get married there,” Jacobi told the magazine. “We were a little nervous because Arizona has been historically known to be more of a conservative state, so there is still a bit of nervousness as two grooms look for a wedding venue.”
Jacobi and Caprio hired Juliet Le Fleur, Glamour & Woods and Southwest Teepee to help with all the event planning—and photographer Leland Gebhardt to capture the gorgeous moments. They shockingly didn't even know the details of their event until they saw them on their big day. “It was 100 percent a surprise,” Jacobi said. "When we walked into the venue for the first time, it was incredible. Our dreams came true.” Though they did insist on a cake that was rainbow-colored inside as a symbol of equality!
In contrast, the outside was exquisitely decorated in neutral tones and florals.
“Nick and I are creatives, and we believe in order to let people do what they do you have to give them the freedom,” he continued. “We wanted our wedding day to be unique and special — walking into this venue and being surprised and feeling another element of excitement. We wanted it to be an experience for us to never forget. It also made the planning process less stressful because we didn’t know what to expect.”
The grooms wore matching tuxedos with white dinner jackets and black ties, while the flower girls also wore white dresses with black ribbon accents. The groomsmen and bridesmaids were chic in all black.
They told People that are happy to see LGBTQ+ rights taking more of a center stage in Arizona. “There’s always going to be some haters. This is nothing new,” Jacobi said. “People push back, but when they do, that only gives us the determination to keep going.”