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Paige + Matt

(October 10, 2019 in Apache Junction, AZ)

In this blog post, we will hear from a bride who had a clear vision for her wedding and executed it flawlessly. From choosing the perfect venue to finding the right vendors, she shares her experience of planning a destination wedding and offers valuable tips for future brides. So, if you're in the midst of planning your big day or dreaming of it, keep reading to learn from her firsthand experience.

Paige looked absolutely stunning in this gorgeous A-line wedding dress from Blush by Hayley Paige. The bodice has a flattering narrow plunging neckline with dainty straps. The back of the gown has a beautiful t-strap detail. This entire gorgeous gown is beaded in a bold pattern with a stunning boho feel to it.

By our real bride, Paige:

What was the vision for your wedding?

Our wedding was everything I envisioned. Our engagement was a total surprise so I hadnt really thought about planning a wedding until Matt got down on one knee. I spent many hours googling a potential venue and decided while researching I wanted a desert wedding, and not at a resort or golf course. The Paseo was the perfect fit and it had a fairly inclusive package deal. The only vendors I had to find on my own were a photographer and an officiant. Being a destination wedding, this made the planning process a breeze.

How did it go the day-of?

The day of was INCREDIBLE!! The Paseo worked directly with our vendors and took care of absolutely everything. My family had rented out two gorgeous VRBOs side by side, which is where we spent the day drinking champagne and getting ready. About an hour before we needed to be at the venue, the boys were sent to the local saloon with one of our photographers for a beer and some fun photos. My mom helped me with my dress and I did a little reveal with my bridesmaids. It was so much fun! We showed up at the venue at 2:00 and went straight into the first look and group photos! Guests started arriving around 4:00 and my nerves were building quickly. I was standing behind doors with my dad but could see everything going on. My legs shaking, my palms were sweating, and everything was so real. I was getting married!! At the end of our ceremony, we had a Beer Burro walk down the aisle, and deliver a Corona. We cheered and the party began. After dinner in a very modern barn with large doors open on all sides, we moved the reception outside where the dance floor was full all night long. Matt and I made sure to take a step back and soak in all our friends and family - they were truly having the time of their lives! Mine and Matts goal for everyone to have the best night ever had been achieved! It was the most perfect day/evening! We had 160 guests attend our wedding, many stayed in Arizona for a few more days and attended the WSU vs. ASU football game - we are huge Cougs!! For the game, we had 130 of our family and friends join us!

What is your #1 tip to future brides?

No matter how long your engagement is, check a few things off your list each week. Your list never keeps growing and growing so it is important to stay on top of things and keep in touch with your vendors every couple of weeks. I made sure to do this for my 10-month engagement and I cannot believe how little stress I felt.

Dress: Delta from Blush By Hayley Paige

Venue: The Paseo

Coordinator: Brittany at The Paseo

Photographer: Megan Claire Photography

Makeup/Hair: Bombshell 7

DJ: Downtown Browne Productions

Dessert Bar: Sue Jacobs Cakes

Caterer: San Tan Brewing

Signs/Decor: Lace and a Barn

Floral: J Barry Designs

Officiant: Grant at Tie The Knot Wedding Ceremonies

Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions