Wedding Planning

Ashli and Brandon’s Arizona Wedding by Lowe Photos

For DIY details, find inspiration from this sunny Southwest celebration!

Ashli looks so light and carefree on her wedding day that you would never guess she had been super stressed in the months before (there is a lesson to be learned here, friends–you are going to love your wedding day no matter what, so just relax)! She filled her DIY wedding with lots of yellow accents and friends willing to lend a hand. Check out this pretty little Southwest wedding shot by Lowe Photos.

I’d love to hear about any specific details

Yellow has always been my favorite color, and I loved the gray and yellow combo when I started looking for wedding ideas online. I tried to keep the decorations and details simple and clean. I found a lot of items on Etsy, like the necklaces my bridesmaids wore, our guestbook tree, and other details. A friend’s mom made all the cupcakes and a bride and groom cake with the adorable topper. For our wedding favor Brandon and I put together CDs with a bunch of our favorite songs and songs from our wedding. Brandon was actually really involved in the whole process and helped me every step of the way.

Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?


My uncle is the pastor at a church that just built a new sanctuary so we got to be the first couple married at his church. He and my other uncle, who is also a pastor in Indiana, performed the wedding ceremony which was very special to me and Brandon.

We originally wanted to have the reception outside and have a picnic feel. Unable to find an affordable location, we decided to have the reception at a restaurant called Skye. They have a ballroom that has the dance floor and a piano in the center of the room, so my aunt was able to put together live music for most of the reception. My uncle acted at DJ for us as well.

What was the most meaningful part of your day?

I was a wreck leading up to the wedding. I was so stressed out with all the planning, events and coordinating family functions. And, I was extremely emotional and everything made me cry for about three months prior to the wedding. But, the day of the wedding I was so calm. My bridesmaids were all in shock as they thought I would be crying through the entire day. But I was just so ready to marry Brandon, and all the planning and preparation was over so all I could do was enjoy the day at that point. I giggled through the entire ceremony like a little girl. I was so giddy and excited to get married.

Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?


After the reception, a group of friends went with me and Brandon to our favorite pub called Johnny Foxes Public House. We all went in still in our wedding attire, me in my wedding dress. And I ate a cheeseburger and had a beer in my beautiful fancy gown.

How did you know your partner was ‘the one’?


Brandon and I met in college through a mutual friend. We started off as really great friends before we started dating, and our relationship grew from there. He is my best friend and he makes me laugh every day. I think I knew he was ‘the one’ before we even started dating.

Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started?


My plans changed a thousand times over the planning process. Just have fun with it, and when it comes to the day just relax and enjoy it. In the end it is about the marriage, the wedding is just one day and it is over so quickly.


Photographer: Lowe Photos

Venue: Community of Grace Church, Skye Restaurant

Dress: Almond Tree

Shoes: Nina Shoes

Accessories: Brandon bought them for me from Jared’s

Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Catering: Skye Restaurant

Flowers: Tulip Tree