This Couple Found a Special Way to Honor the Bride’s Late Friend at Their AZ Wedding at The Paseo

June 24, 2018 | juliette

For Ally and Ryan’s Arizona wedding at The Paseo, the magic was in the details. By using a neutral color palette and bohemian-inspired decor, the couple created a dreamy outdoor desert with a view of the iconic Superstitious Mountains. But, for all the prettiness they created with florals and macrame, the true heart-melting element was the chair Ally made for her late best friend so she would have the best seat in the house. The chair was adorned with angel wings and a stunning display of pink, coral, and cream roses from J Barry Designs — the only pops of color in the wedding decor — and held a framed photo Ally had specially printed as a reminder that her friend was there in spirit. As you can imagine, Ally and Ryan meticulously curated every detail of their wedding to create the most memorable experience for all the loved ones who supported them on their big day. Photographers Luke and Mallory outdid themselves by capturing not only all the special details the couple created for everyone else but also the intimate moments they kept to themselves, including their golden hour portraits that would make anyone want to take a romantic escape into the desert.

The Couple:

Ally and Ryan

The Wedding:

The Paseo, Apache Junction, Arizona

Throughout our 4 years of long distance, we wrote letters to each other. On our wedding day, we wrote each other our “final letter” to each other which represented this new chapter! I was so emotional while reading it because that was one of my favorite memories while we were dating.

We chose a mostly neutral color palette because I had a decor chair called “Katie’s chair” that I designed to honor my friend who passed away, and I wanted that to be where the color was! I found the chair and angel wings at a local Phoenix antique shop and printed a picture of her that we placed in a frame from World Market.

I loved taking communion as a couple during our ceremony and having a friend sing one of our favorite worship songs. Another memorable moment was sitting back at our sweetheart table seeing all of our friends and family who were there to celebrate US. It was a heart-warming moment for sure. So many different people from different seasons of life that were under one roof for us.

I wanted my bridal style to be classic but detailed with a touch of boho. I added the off-the-shoulder sleeves to the dress I bought to give it a boho look. My style inspiration mostly came from Australian wedding trends that I saw via Pinterest! For accessories, I kept it simple and only wore earrings. For my makeup, I chose to go a little more glam than my every day but stayed with neutral tones.

Our advice: don’t stress out! I wish the day of I would not have cared so much about the timeline. I was so worried about upsetting our guests that sometimes I got lost and forgot to enjoy each moment. Also, trust your vendors and take their advice, because they obviously have a lot of experience and know more than you!

Processional – “Oceans” by Hillsong United (piano and violin version)
Recessional – “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay
First Dance – “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Luke and Mallory
Venue – The Paseo
Floral Design – J Barry Designs
Catering – Straight to the Plate
Cake – Piece of Cake AZ
DJ – Downtown Browne Productions
Live Music – Billy & Arianna Fort and Dianne Michelle Music
Videography – BRXTN Berry Media
Stationery – Signatures
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero via Bella Lily Bridal
Bride’s Ring – Treasures
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Show Me Your Mumu
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rentals – Tremaine Ranch
Favors – Sugared Fig Paperie


Congratulations to Ally and Ryan, and a big thanks to Luke and Mallory for sharing this unforgettable wedding at The Paseo with Junebug! Looking for more desert wedding inspiration? You’ll love the desert tones and mountain views in this Bell Rock elopement!

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