Meet Katie and Joe
Wedding planning and travel-hacking dream team
We are Katie and Joe. A husband and wife team with a passion for travel and weddings. Our unique set of skills marry perfectly to form An Epic Elopement.
We provide top-notch service to help you plan your epic elopement. We have custom packages to fit specific needs so all you have to do is show up and say “I do.” Let us handle all of the little details and make your dream a reality.
~ OUR STORY ~
Katie graduated from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management in 2012 and has been coordinating weddings ever since. While working for a premier resort in central Florida she cultivated her love for making wedding magic happen and starting her own business, Big Day Celebrations. She has over 400 weddings under her belt and has an extraordinary ability to coordinate and make everything run smoothly. With a heart for service, Katie pours everything into ensuring her couples feel joy and tranquility on wedding day. It's difficult to find anyone as dedicated to their craft as Katie.
Joe also graduated from UCF and afterwards hiked the Appalachian Trail. It was on this endeavor that he developed a yearn for travel. Armed with the desire to see the world and a little too much free time, Joe taught himself the art of "travel hacking." Optimizing air and hotel loyalty programs has enabled him to travel the world in style on a backpacker's budget. He has booked international first class flights to many destinations and you never know where he's headed next. Malaysia? South Africa? Australia? You get the picture. The energy he has when talking about travel will have you planning your next trip in no time!
Sr. Certified Wedding Planner
FAVORITE SNACK: Lays Sour Cream and Onion Chips. They must be Lays. No other brand will do!
GUILTY PLEASURE: Moscato. Specifically Villa Alena Moscato D'Asti from Trader Joes; It's the best.
HOW I WIND DOWN AFTER A LONG DAY: Classic Disney Movies. After a long day you might find me laying on the couch watching Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast or The Little Mermaid.
FAVORITE BAND: HANSON. They get me singing out loud and dancing at my desk. MMMBop!
RANDOM FACT: I live in an RV. It's quite an adventure and I can thank my crazy husband for this!
PLACES I HAVE TRAVELED: Peru, Japan, France, England, Ireland, Austria, Guatemala, the Bahamas, Denmark, Singapore, New Zealand and almost every state in the US.
ONE MEMORABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: I was visiting Jerusalem in December of 2013 during a historic snowstorm. It was the biggest snowfall the city had experienced in 20 years. Wandering the deserted streets was so surreal.
MOST QUOTED MOVIE: Dumb and Dumber. "Big Gulps, huh?"
WEIRDEST FOOD CONSUMED: Kokorec. A Turkish dish made of lamb intestines. I learned what it was AFTER I finished eating it. That, or snake soup in Hong Kong :P
NERDIEST FACT: My phone is filled with books and podcasts about personal finance. I enjoy learning about the stock market and retirement strategies.
FAVORITE TRAVEL STYLE: Budget-adventure travel. My ideal trip consists of living out of a small backpack and hiking around national parks. Backpacking the Tour du Mont Blanc in the Alps and the Torres del Paine Circuit in the Chilean Patagonia are two standouts.
FAVORITE PASTIME: Trip planning. I'm perpetually studying award charts, route maps and credit card offers. Panning around google earth is my idea of fun.