We are swooning over Samantha and Josh’s beautiful wedding at Aldea at Tlaquepaque photographed byStepOnMe Photography

Text by Manali Chavan


Josh Martin could not wait to propose to Samantha Barker—literally! The couple, who met while working together and had been together for nearly a year had gone up to Los Angeles to spend Thanksgiving with Josh’s side of the family. One evening after dinner the two were alone outside, looking at some old family photos. Josh, who could not contain himself any longer turned to Samantha and shared how much he loved her. “He told me how beautiful I was inside and out, and that he had a question for me,” Samantha shares. The entire family was ecstatic to hear of the proposal. Samantha later found out Josh had originally arranged to propose to her that Saturday in Griffith Park with a photographer to capture the moment. However, Josh was too overjoyed to wait that long. The couple ended up using the photographer for that day for engagement photos.

Although it may have been difficult for the couple, they waited 11 months before walking down the aisle. This time though their photographer was able to capture the couple’s first look. “Josh’s reaction was nothing short of priceless when he saw me in my wedding dress with my hair and makeup done,” Samantha gushes. The two received an outpouring of help from friends and family to aid them in planning their big day, making it all the more meaningful. Their wedding was full of dancing, laughter, and ended with a sparkler exit as a perfect end to the evening.

01_samanthajosh 02_samanthajosh 03_samanthajosh 04_samanthajosh 05_samanthajosh 06_samanthajosh 07_samanthajosh 08_samanthajosh WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Samantha & Josh

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE – Aldea at Tlaquepaque, Phoenix  

PHOTOGRAPHY –  StepOnMe Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY – J&P Media Group 

OFFICIANT – David Beal

WEDDING CONSULTANT – Evelyn Come— Aldea at Tlaquepaque, Phoenix

BRIDE’S GOWN – David’s Bridal  

VEIL – David’s Bridal  

JEWELRY – Macy’s 

SHOES – Dillards  

BRIDESMAID’S DRESSES – David’s Bridal           

FLOWERS – Aldea at Tlaquepaque, Phoenix  

MENU/CATERING – Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts  

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT – Push Play Entertainment  

WEDDING CAKE – Fleur De Lis Cakes  

FAVORS – Candy Bar

WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMODATIONS – Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel  

HONEYMOON – Maui Westin Resort and Spa  

LIGHTING – Aldea at Tlaquepaque, Phoenix