3/27/2013 9:41:00 AM Icing on the cake: love of hockey triggers couple's love goal
Chino Valley residents Amoré Ciancola and Bradley Barker said their vows on the ice during an intermission of the Arizona Sundogs’ hockey game Friday night in Prescott Valley. Sundogs mascot Burnie served as ring bearer and four team members provided a hockey stick arch for the newlyweds to pass under. Review/Matt Santos
Amoré Ciancola and Bradley Barker were married on the ice during a Sundogs hockey game intermission Friday night at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
Friday night, a couple thousand people attended what was likely the largest wedding party ever to happen in Prescott Valley. In a first for Tim's Toyota Center, Chino Valley residents Amoré Ciancola and Bradley Barker pledged their troth on-ice during the first intermission of the Arizona Sundogs hockey game against the Texas Brahmas.
As director of catering and special events at the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, Amoré has organized more than 300 weddings.
"Every bride is unique and beautiful, but I wanted to do something completely different," she said.
Amoré rejected idea after idea. "Nothing felt right," she said, "until one morning while I was brushing my teeth, I had an 'Ah-HA!' moment."
She told Brad her idea.
"He got all twinkly in the eye."
Amoré said her grandfather moved his family to Chino Valley in 1968, and although she didn't grow up there, she relocated to Chino Valley as a single mom about 10 years ago.
She was "looking for something fun to do" when she met Brad at a Sundogs game early in the 2008-2009 season. They discovered a mutual love of hockey, and their first date was to the 2009 New Year's Eve game. He's a native of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Her favorite NHL team is the Philadelphia Flyers.
An on-ice wedding was a natural progression, so sometime between this past Thanksgiving and Christmas, Amoré called Tim's General Manager Gary Spiker and the Sundogs organization.
"They said, 'would you really do that?'" she said, laughing. "They were thrilled."
Instead of traditional wedding attire, they were garbed in their respective team's jerseys, and Sundogs mascot Burnie served as the tallest ring bearer ever. They didn't wear ice skates, but their vows - written by Brad - included plenty of hockey terminology.
"Anybody who knows me knows I like being the center of attention and what's better than being the center of attention of up to 5,000 people?" Amoré prior to the event.
What's more, their beloved Sundogs presented them with a 3-0 victory over the Brahmas.
They had a more intimate wedding for family and friends on Saturday.