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Vegas in-game proposal, wedding an elaborate surprise from groom to bride

Steven, Cari Poscente got engaged, married at Golden Knights game

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

Wedding at VGK game

Proposal in 1st period leads to 2nd period marriage

A proposal in the first period led to a second intermission marriage

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Cari Poscente had such a long day at work, she almost told her beau to go to the Vegas Golden Knights game without her.

That would have spoiled weeks of planning for Steven Poscente, including every detail of a surprise proposal and wedding, from her dress to the mascot ring bearer to the Elvis Presley impersonator officiant.

But Steven's hometown Edmonton Oilers were there to play his adopted Golden Knights and whatever is important to him is important to her, so off they went to T-Mobile Arena like they'd done several times this season. 

He had no doubts she'd say yes to his proposal. She'd told him as much on many occasions and was just waiting for him to ask. 

What he cooked up was a Vegas-style whimsical whirlwind -- one that still had them spinning in wedded bliss the next day.

"It's still kind of hard to put into words," Cari told NHL.com. "All of a sudden I turn around and he's down on one knee. And it wasn't a blur, but it was like I was floating above watching." 

Steven reached out to his friend, Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz, to make the arrangements, but the idea of doing the proposal and surprise wedding during the course of one game was so ambitious that the many team employees who had a hand in pulling it off didn't think it was possible. 

After a couple of weeks of drawing up plans and making revisions, the prospects weren't looking great. 

Hopeful, Steven started preparing for the big day. He walked into a wedding dress store and said he needed to buy a gown for his future wife. 

The befuddled employees told him that's not how it works, but he found one in her size after peeking at the tags in her closet. He got the matching veil. He even got her the proper undergarments after he made a delicate call to her mother to figure out what type wouldn't show with the spaghetti-strap dress he picked.

Three days before the game, he got word that the wedding was on, and by Thursday he had everything set: her dress, his suit, the rings, the cake, a makeup artist and hairstylist for her, the cake and the champagne. A dress rehearsal with a team employee standing in for the bride-to-be took place six hours before the game and Steven spent the day shuffling back and forth between the arena and his home 20 minutes away, making sure everything was ready and perfect. A self-proclaimed horrible secret-keeper, Steven managed to not let anything slip.

"He's amazing," Cari said. "It was down to every detail. But he's like that and that's one of the things I love about him. He's always thinking of not only me, but everyone else first."

The in-arena host approached the couple in the first period to play a game to guess the name of the songs being played. The plan was for the last song to be Bruno Mars' "Marry You," which would be Steven's nod to drop to his knee.

"That was my cue and I forgot and he looks at me, and I'm like, 'Oh yeah, yeah, yeah,'" Steven told NHL.com.

Cari said yes, then was whisked her away to get dressed for the wedding, while Steven got in his suit and went back to his seat to watch the game.

"They got me to the dressing room for hair and makeup and I don't think I even said five words in the first 10 minutes because I was literally dizzy," Cari said.

The ceremony during the second intermission was fast, but they hit all the wedding ceremony standards. Elvis' bubbling presence helped bring some calm to the spectacle.

"I never thought I'd be married by Elvis, but he made it so fun," Cari said.  

And within a few minutes, Cari and Steven, who met 23 years ago when he was in her Idaho town for work and began dating almost five years ago, a couple of years after she moved to Las Vegas, were husband and wife.

The crowd voted on their first dance song; Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" was the winner. They changed into their Mr. and Mrs. Poscente Golden Knights jerseys, were inundated with selfie requests from fans, walked down the lower bowl aisle to roaring applause, watched Vegas win, then went for a celebratory dinner to wrap up an unforgettable start to married life.

"It was so much fun and it was such a blessing," Steven said. "It was really cool."

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