You know when you meet someone and you immediately have a connection with them, and think they're just the coolest and nicest people in the world? That is totally how I felt when I met with Ally and her mom at our inventory tour meeting at our warehouse. Their excitement was overflowing and their smiles showed how genuinely wonderful they are. We were so excited to work with Ally & Ryan on their big day! We worked with Ally on her vision for a lounge set up, sweetheart table and of course, a doughnut wall!
The doughnut wall trend has been around for a few years, but is really starting to become more than just a trend. More people seem to be doing the doughnut wall than not, and we are really loving it. With a small cake for Ally & Ryan to still traditionally cut, the doughnut wall was the perfect backdrop for that special moment. The doughnut walls are a great way to add to your dessert option, or keep as your only dessert option. You have no idea how many people tell us how much they really don't like cake! Incorporating a fun detail that is also purposeful is something we really support.
These two have such great hearts and they love their friends and family so deeply. One of the things I think I will always remember, is Ally telling me about her best friend, Katie. I could tell just how important Katie is to Ally.
"On my wedding day there was a missing piece that could not go unnoticed. For the longest time even before I got engaged I would wonder how it would be to not have my best friend, Katie Wagner, standing by my side. It gave me a knot in my stomach and an ache in my heart. After I got engaged and the wedding planning began I knew I wanted to do something beautiful, simple, and meaningful to remember Katie. The simplicity of a white chair represented the grace Katie carried through out her journey with cancer and the pure joy she brought to my life as well as many around her. With all the other decor being mostly wooden I knew the white chair would stand out. I then chose to add angel wings that I found at an antique store and colorful flowers that would represent her joyful life and the legacy she left behind. Most everyone at my wedding knew what the chair represented but last minute I added one of my favorite pictures of her that her two brothers carried down the aisle which made it feel like she was in fact present in every moment of my special day. That chair followed me around the entire night and as I caught glimpses of her photo placed on a bright white, floral covered chair, I knew she was smiling down from heaven rejoicing with me! It allowed me to have a sense of peace knowing even though she may not have been physically there, her spirit will always be with me in my heart. " - Ally, Bride
We meet with so many people who have lost their best friend, parent or sibling, and they don't know how to handle it. I just want to inspire someone, if we can, that they can always be included in above and beyond special ways.
Ally & Ryan are a stunning couple whose love truly shows in all of their wedding photographs. Which, by the way, are the beautiful work from Luke and Mallory. They have such a beautiful way of capturing special moments candidly, we couldn't help but imagine the music playing, the sparklers crackling and the joy that must have filled The Paseo for this beautiful night! Congratulations, Ally & Ryan! We are so thrilled to have shared in such a special day. It means the world to us and wish you both nothing but the absolute best!